Bristol mayor George Ferguson's Grain Barge put up for sale
A POPULAR floating bar and restaurant which is partly owned by Bristol mayor George Ferguson has been put up for sale.
The Grain Barge, which opened for business in 2007, is moored opposite the ss Great Britain and has become one of the most popular venues on The Harbourside.
The Bristol Beer Factory, which is partly owned by Mr Ferguson, has decided to put the venture up for sale so it can concentrate its effort on the main part of the business.
The Grain Barge has a sister pub in The dings - The Barley Mow - which has also become a popular venue in the city.
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The Grain Barge is moored alongside the Mardyke Quay on Hotwells Road is to being sold by the Bristol Beer Factory so it can use the funds to expand its award winning brewery in Ashon.
The Grain Barge was built in Hill's Dockyard in Bristol's docks in 1935 and was refurbished and refitted in 2007 into one of Bristol's most popular restaurant and bar venues.
A "dumb" barge without a motor, it used to be towed from Bristol to Cardiff full of wheat and barley.
Sitting beneath the multi-coloured houses of Cliftonwood, the has itself become something of a landmark on the harbour and together with the quayside has been the venue for a variety of events.
Simon Bartlett, the managing director of Bristol Beer Factory, said: "With its prominent site and great range of food and drink, the Grain Barge has played an important role in the success of the brewery.
" Now that we have established a strong local and national reputation we have decided to consolidate our business with the development of our Ashton premises and brewing operation and favour the development of more traditional local pubs such as the Barley Mow in the Dings."
The Bristol Beer Factory was the winner of the 2011 BBC Drinks Producer of the Year and has won numerous national and regional awards for its range of craft beers.