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“Great food, great real ales, great people.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn
Clwyd, Chirk Bank ll145bu, England
01691773213
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Chirk Bank
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great food, great real ales, great people.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We have a touring caravan and visit lots of local pubs all over the north of England and North Wales. This pub is without doubt one of the best local pubs we've come across. You can't keep us from coming back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Devon, UK
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Unspoilt old pub - with a warm welcome and good food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

A group of eight of us arrived as it was getting dark on an April evening. We were on a canal boat, and had hoped to get a little further than this on our first day but got severely held up on the Pontcysyllte in the end we weren't in the least disappointed.

The pub is a short walk down the hill from the canal at Monk Bridge. We'd taken the phone number from Pearson's Canal Guide (which describes it as the first and last pub in England) and phoned ahead - which may have been just as well because it was a struggle to get there before they stopped serving food at 20:30.

Never mind - we got there in time and found a warm welcome. The bar and lounge are small but full of character. The food was traditional pub fare but of excellent quality and well cooked. Don't be put off by the inconvenience of walking down the hill from the canal - it's well worth it.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Cold place, no atmosphere, bizarre food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stopped here on the return leg of a trip on the Llanagollen Canal, the inn being just below Bridge 19 and well placed for a last night on the canal. It's a 2-3 minute walk down the hill from the moorings at the bridge 9not beside the canal like the Poacher's Pocket). when we arrived, the place was cold and we asked to light the fires 9there are fireplaces for real fires, but these are for decoration only, which I always feel add coldness to the atmosphere if not lit. Some central heating was switched on which took the chill off the air rather than warmed us up. The menu mentioned locally sourced meat so i had the steak pie. White under-cooked pastry isn't the most appetizing and, where the meat itself was succulent and tender, the gravy was bland and tasteless. My partner had chilli and this may have been prepared sing succulent local meat, butt he addition of a tin of baked beans in tomato sauce gave it a weirs sweet taste, whilst chilli powder doesn't really do as much for chilli as fresh, or even dried flaked, chillies. The food was edible, that's about the best i could say. After one drink we headed back to the boat, unlike the poacher's pocket at Bridge 21, where we stayed for longer than we probably should have. other reviewers have praised this place, I would say give it a miss and head for the Poacher's Pocket, cheaper and better in every way.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Thetrap, Owner at The Bridge Inn, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
sorry you did not enjoy your visit to the bridge, if you had mentioned during your visit that you were displeased with the standard of the food we would have happily offered an alternative. Being the cook i must have had a bad night as the 2 dishes you mentioned are usualy our best sellers . Don't have coal fires during summer months sorry. As for the pub not being on the canal it was built around 1810 so can't be blamed for that.
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Wrexham
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Ham egg and chips delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

when we go out for a meal i often have ham egg and chips which is usually very nice ,but the ham at the Bridge Inn is delicious never tasted better .also sunday lunch is very good meat lovely,fresh veg,very tasty ,its well worth going for a meal to the Bridge Inn

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The first/best pub in England.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

For many years we've been on the canal that passes right above this wonderful authentic British pub but every year we've been directed down the road to the poachers pocket which we thought was great, if only we'd known about the bridge inn sooner. Our night didn't get off to the best of starts as we entered the pub and found out that they didn't serve food on a Tuesday night, however, the lovely young man behind the bar happily encouraged us to order from one of the local takeaways and he would more than happily provide us with a table plates cutlery and any sauces we wanted. I thought this was a strange thing to do in a pub however it turned out to be one of the best nights we've had on the boats ever! My two young daughters took a shine to the young barman and were engaged in conversation with him and the locals for most of the night who were all very welcoming and as for me and my wife we enjoyed the laughs as well as the fine beer and wine that we were being provided with. Never have me and my family felt so at home in a pub let alone one that is so far away from where we live. Ive also rated 5 stars for food as when we were leaving I sampled one of the local porkpies which were on sale at the bar and it was fantastic! Highly recommeneded to everyone!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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