Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Greenshank Café Bar

Converted from a 1936 traditional narrowboat into a stylish floating café bar with outdoor sun deck. Open to the public during the Spring and Summer.


Our ethos is simple

Great tasting cakes and lunches, teas and coffees using ethically sourced ingredients from Bristol and Somerset's best suppliers.
Greenshank Cafe

Private Hire

Whether you’re planning an away day, family gathering or pop-up event Greenshank Café has everything you need: A fully licensed bar and barista coffee station, facilities for playing music, WCs and a large outdoor sun deck with seating for 35 or standing room for 80 people.

Call us for a quote and avalibility on 0117 9268157 or make an enquiry through our contact form

  • Private Parties – Relax in the evening sunshine on the outdoor terrace with the best Harbour views in Bristol. Bring your own playlist for the bar area. Catering available by request.

  • Drinks Reception – Enjoy a glass of bubbly in your own VIP area on the Greenshank before or after your boat trip

  • Cocktail Parties – Tailor a nautical themed cocktail party for your celebration

  • Team Away Days - A range of package options available including coffee, lunch and presentations on the floating sundeck, and a historic tour of the Floating Harbour.

  • Pop-Up Restaurant – Use our galley (kitchen) to prepare and serve your own delicious feast

Greenshank History

Built by Harland and Wolff at their Woolwich shipyard, originally named Bawtry. She’s never had an engine and always worked as a Butty Boat (non motorised narrowboat). Greenshank carried general cargo all over the English canal system.

Paired up with Redshank by the Willow Wren Carrying Company in 1954 and renamed Greenshank. The pair were the favourite narrowboats of the Willow Wren Company.

Greenshank has been refitted between 2013 - 2016 to become the Greenshank Café Bar.

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Greenshank and Redshank working together 1961    Bristol City Docks 1975