started life as an engineless transport barge that carried barley and wheat from Bristol to Cardiff, across the Severn Estuary. Built in 1936 by the Charles Hill shipyard, the barge is now moored in Hotwells, opposite its original berth and near to Brunel’s ss Great Britain.
The boat was bought and refitted in 2007. The new interior uses reclaimed and recycled materials that reflect the boat’s industrial heritage.
Today, Grain Barge is a relaxed and friendly bar/restaurant with spectacular views across Bristol harbour and the iconic ss Great Britain. Serving fresh, locally-sourced dishes and a range of craft beers, ciders, wines and coffees, this unique venue also hosts a programme of live music and comedy from its intimate Hold Bar. Relax below deck and enjoy panoramic views of the river from the light, bright restaurant/bar or sit up-top and watch river life glide past.
Strike a light for independents
We support and champion independent, local business. Founded on Grain Barge owner George Ferguson’s belief that independent businesses are the lifeblood of our city, Grain Barge is proudly reliant on independent brewers, producers and suppliers.
Keeping this barge afloat with a knowledge of fine beer and ales, his enjoyment comes from the customers and their love of our friendly little boat on the harbour.
Our head chef and his team bring the barge fresh seasonal food, all prepared on board. When not creating dishes in the kitchen he can be found enjoying a pint of Milk Stout on the deck of at home baking with his kids.
Overseeing all things music at Tobacco Factory and Grain Barge, Kit is a promoter, sound engineer and DJ, and is committed to providing the best musical adventures to the community.
Taking care of all design-related needs for Grain Barge and Tobacco Factory, Dave also curates the exhibitions. The rest of the week he works from his studio in Old Market as a freelance illustrator.
Having joined Tobacco Factory at the outset to set up the Cafe Bar in 2001, Sarah oversees all aspects of Tobacco Factory's Cafe Bar, including events, the Sunday Market as well as Grain Barge.
The Bristol Pound is a secure, local currency, designed to support Bristol’s independent businesses.
You can spend your Bristol Pounds at Tobacco Factory, Grain Barge and The Barley Mow. Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar is also a Cash Point, where you can exchange your sterling for Bristol Pounds.Find out more
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