The Bridge Inn, Ruswarp has managed to survive even if the decor hasn't changed over twenty years. At one time it was even empty on cattle market days. There have been lots of reasons over the years to avoid it, but under the new lessee it is worth a visit. His predecessor introduced a Sunday buffet, ending The Bridge's 'no food served' status.
We visited on a Friday night when it was full of weekenders and caravaners. A lady who described herself as a local stood back to allow me to be served by the overworked landlord. They had 'Old Peculiar' but not 'Timothy Taylors's. Something to do with the 'tie'.
The gent who ordered before me wanted a tab and to pay by credit card. The landlord was uncomfortable with this and I paid in cash for the drinks and in advance for the meal. (I remember being told in the Wheatsheaf, Hambleton, that I would have to pay cash if I ate outside but I could have credit if we ate in the bar. Seeing as I knew his mother, it was most unlikely that I would do a runner.)
The problem with demanding payment in advance and using MasterCard is when the kitchen announces that there is no steak pie left and the substitute curry is at a different price, which is exactly what happened at The Bridge.
I had a beautiful sirloin steak, presumably from Jacksons' the butcher up the hill where they queue down Ruswarp High Street on a Saturday morning. (Pies made by Henry Marshall's daughter.) It came medium rare as ordered and even if the onion rings were out of a packet, the steak surpassed anything from The Three Horseshoes or Starkey's'.
Give the Bridge a try and just one piece of advice. At busy times why not get the 'local' who stood back for visitors to help behind the bar.
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