Each time I've sat in The Bridge Brasserie (and last night was my fourth visit) and looked out of the window, I find myself asking the same question: what is this fab little restaurant doing in Chippenham?
It sits hugger-mugger alongside the sorts of eateries that do their best business when pubs are closing; but don't let this deter you - this place is a real gem.
This chef knows how to prepare and cook fish. I'm usually in carnivorous mood when going out to eat, but the fish is so excellent here that I go for it every time. Last night's hake was flaky and satisfying, perched delicately on a bed of chargrilled courgettes with a rolled pillow of good mash potato nestling alongside.
My wife's starter of halloumi was beautifully cooked, as was the Red Mullet entrée I opted for as well. But they certainly saved the best for last as far as my wife was concerned, producing a moist, winter-warming Bread and Butter Pudding that she "adored". This from a woman who is no mean cook herself.
The wine list isn't large but well thought out to suit most palates. Our Chablis was at a perfect temperature and steely enough a partner to the fish. Front of house is warm and unfussy.
I see that they hope to move the restaurant to a new location in Chippenham. You could move this place to the keener competition of Bath or West London and it would more than hold it's own.
And the view might be better.