dennis - 13-12-2009
We visited the Bridge Inn for a Xmas meal this weekend. I ordered traditional Xmas fayre. It consisted of 3 small pieces of turkey, 3 brussel sprouts, 3 roast chestnuts, and a few miniscule thinly sliced pieces of parsnip. The turkey was placed over the top of some very stodgy and almost inedible bread pudding (my wife could not eat the bread pudding). We asked if potatoes were to be served - the response was no, because the bread pudding provided the starch content for the meal. Because I had complained, I was brought some chips (although my wife and her friend were not). I was told by the lady serving that she had not received any complaints from other people in the restaurant - implying that she thought there was nothing wrong with the meal. Other people in our party had ordered steak and they did say that it was good. My meal was possibly the most disappointing Xmas meal I have experienced in my life. I will not be going back to the Bridge Inn.
hauxleablaze - 15-11-2009
Last night was our third visit. On the first occasion,the food and service were ok (albeit my food choices were very rich and swimming in cream). On the second occasion, the establishment had lost our booking and we had no choice but to eat in the bar. The service was slow which we thought was due to the booking mix up - theirs not ours. Last night we'd been asked to turn up at a precise 8.15pm. We arrived at 8.10pm and there was no one to greet us. The barman said he was serving in the restaurant and we'd have to wait. We eventually got our drinks, but another party who had arrived after us "asked to go straight through to the restaurant" rather than wait for drinks. They were immediately given menus and ushered through to the seating area in the restaurant. We followed but after a considerable wait my husband went back to the bar and asked the barman for some menus. He was told very curtly that "they would be with us shortly". The other party ordered their meals whereupon we were given their menus - were no other menus available? At 8.45pm (only a couple of minutes after receiving the menus, but half an hour after the time of our table booking) the female owner came to take our order. I ordered a main course to be told, without any apology, that it was not available and on choosing another, was told that was also unavailable. This left us with a choice of only four main courses, two of which were steak. When we voiced our concern at the rude and unacceptable service thus far, exacerbated by the distinct lack of choice, the female owner berated us,saying there was only one chef in the kitchen and the barman and herself serving both food and drink - as if this justified the extremely poor service. Her attitude was deplorable. We therefore decided to go, leaving our unfinished drinks which she insisted, very rudely, that we pay for. An appalling experience, details of which we will be passing on to others who may be considering a visit.
chamroma - 12-10-2009
food was bad- whitebait too salty(couldnt eat )no bread/ cheese and ham toasty was soaked in greese and no garnish- thrown at us by very inhospitable woman! does not deserve michelin mention
Verbina - 12-06-2009
The new owners have transformed this amazing little pub in to a Michelin Recommended establishment. The menu is city quality at country prices, with a wonderful personal flair from Paul OíHara the head chief. Beer is good quality and the range of wine, excellent. Canít recommend highly enough. Certainly an establishment to take a detour to visit.
adele lingard - 31-01-2008
i live within 5 mins of whorlton so my geography may be shocking but not that bad and the menu the day we attended was as we had and as you obviously didnt attend that day you cant comment!!! can you
Tony - 28-10-2007
(Re: your review 21/4/07) Dear Adele, after 26 years training as a chef I don't suppose it's that surprising that geography isn't your strong suit. You surely can't be reviewing the Bridge Inn at Whorlton. As a regular customer at The Bridge since the current owners took over I can honestly say I have never seen the items you refer to on the menu and I have never had anything but excellent food and superb service. The Bridge experience is one that everyone should enjoy at least once and it would be a real shame for people to be put off by such a review as yours.
John - 06-10-2007
New owners have transformed this establishment into one of the must visit places in the area. Excellent menu with local being the key word. Beatifully presented food and very pleasant staff. A place worth revisiting.
adele lingard - 21-04-2007
In my 26 years as a trained chef this was the most abysmal service and meal my partner and I have experienced, it took 15 minutes to open a bottle of wine and bring it to our table with the menu, the menu itself was confusing with no breaks between starters and main course. To start I had Parma ham/tomato and garlic bread, this consisted of a burnt piece of French bread ( burnt edge plate down) with half warm tomatoes and a slice of Parma ham, my partner had white bait which smelt and according to him tasted unsavoury, we followed this with two of the thinnest steaks I have ever seen in my life, we should have just gone for the whitebait again as the steaks had obviously; by the taste; been cooked in the same pan, and the oil swimming on our plate also made everything else on it taste of rancid fish, an experience I hope I never suffer again.