Hop on board and escape the city buzz.
Whether you’re after a new date night destination or simply a quieter place for a drink and a spot of grub, this Bristol bar and restaurant tucked away down the River Avon is the perfect place. Beese’s in Brislington describe themselves as “Bristol’s best kept secret”, therefore it’s only right that we share with you this cute little site.
Located in south-east Bristol, guests can either head to Beese’s via many forms of transport but what makes this bar so unique is you can hop on board a boat that heads exclusively there. Bristol Ferry, Number Seven Boat Trips and Bristol Packet all offer ferry services to Beese’s at different times of the day to cater for lunch, drinks or dinner bookings.
The boats leave the city centre to then cruise to the inland limit of the harbour and through Netham Lock to then join the River Avon. Within minutes, the bustle of the city is left behind as you head upstream along tree lined river banks. The cruise then reaches the pontoon where you’ll step off onto directly next to the bar and restaurant.
Open Friday to Sunday, you can enjoy a tipple or two at Beese’s including an extensive selection of wines, Aperol Spritz, Pimm’s, as well as local beer and cider such as ones by Bristol Beer Factory. Beese’s also serves up incredible feasts like their Sunday Roast, which runs 12pm-4pm and offers the choice of roast pork belly (with crackling, of course), roast chicken supreme or wild mushroom Wellington, with the optional side of cauliflower cheese.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Beese’s serves up the likes of hot wings, ploughman’s platters, a range of sensational salads, mouthwatering burgers served with thick cut chips and grilled duck served with Chinese pancakes and hoisin sauce. Tuck into these delectable dishes outside in the sunshine with picturesque views of the River Avon and you’ve got yourself a pretty dreamy set up. Plus, you can enjoy yourself knowing a boat will be taking you back to the city.
Beese’s also offer a midweek afternoon tea party which features fine finger sandwiches, miniature pastries, freshly baked cakes and of course, homemade scones served with cream and jam, plus teas and coffees. You can add a glass of prosecco or a non alcoholic cocktail on arrival for an additional £6.50.Bristol Ferry offers a mid-week cruise to take you to your afternoon tea, which are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
But it’s not all just food and drink here (as much as we like those), Beese’s also hosts live music events so you can hop on board a boat and head there for a bit of a boogie. Music performances vary from swing and jazz bands to vocal harmonies singing gospel and pop songs, as well as reggae and rock acts too. You can check out Beese’s live music calendar here.
Beese’s, Wyndham Crescent, Brislington, BS4 4SX