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The Bridge Inn
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We booked a table at the Bridge for our wedding anniversary treat on our way to Newcastle after reading great reviews about the food. However we found the food bland, the portions small and the service slow. On one of the occasions when the waitress did come over to us she commented on how many times she'd come to our table, and when we asked if the food my husband had ordered contained any eggs due to egg allergy, she informed us (mystifyingly) that the food was gluten-free. The house wine was quite nice but at £18 per bottle thought it was a bit pricey for a house wine, and found the meal disappointing.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank android01
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andyswale, Food service manager at The Bridge Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2012

Thank you for your review; having read it I felt it necessary to respond in order to clarify a series of points you made. With regards to the service being slow...your table was booked for 8.30pm, you were seated with drinks well before this time and your order taken just after 8.30pm. Once food orders are taken the only waiting time is the time taken to cook the meal ( in this instance your son ordered a pork special dish which does take a good 20 minutes to cook ). When your food order was taken you made the waitress aware that your husband has an egg allergy. The waitress stated that she was aware which meals were gluten free but was unsure as to which meals contained eggs. The starter your husband ordered did contain eggs and so the lamb koftas were taken off your order and several bread rolls brought out ( at your request ). Main courses ordered by yourselves included cod in real ale with a dill batter, a meal which is far from bland in taste and really quite sizeable!
The waitress did comment upon the number of times that she had been to your table but the comment was passed in an apologetic manner because she felt that she was encroaching upon your celebratory meal.
Before yourselves left, whilst at the bar paying for the meal, you were asked if everything had been to your satisfaction...yes had been the response and your husband shook the barmans hand! We were unaware that yourselves had left disappointed and are unable to rectify dissatisfaction unless it is brought to our attention at the time. We serve hundreds of satisfied diners each day which would suggest that the food quality and pricing are correct.

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We had rented a cottage nearby for the week and ate here the first night- suffice to say, we didn't bother to go anywhere else and ate our way through the menu for the rest of the week! Warm welcome, excellent food, locally sourced , and free Wi Fi! After the worst floods for 30 years, we had to wade through the flooded road- but we made it! Highly recommend :)

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

A very friendly welcome.Evening meals were available and they were excellent.Having only taken over this year the staff were excellent. The food was something else! We had intended going out for our evening meals but after the first night's meal we booked for the remaining two nights of our stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed for three nights. Difficult to tell whether the dog enjoyed it more than we humans: he loved being with us in the bar and being stroked and patted. The staff were really friendly and attentive - to all of us.

We humans loved the food - magnificent; the walks - lots of variety; the peace and quiet. We shall certainly visit again.

Room Tip: The bedrooms are double glazed so "where" doesn't really matter
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We stayed at the Bridge Inn in August 2012 for three nights. The food was excellent and we could have happily stayed another week to work our way through the rest of the menu. As much as possible is locally sourced and the owner can tell you all about it. The bar is popular locally and there's live music on Thursday nights which was an unexpected bonus. Mobile 'phones are discouraged in the bar, there were several examples skewered to the woodwork with crossbow bolts! Our room was above the bar so there was some noise audible but I found it quite soothing. Perhaps I'm odd, but it is a country pub, it seemed appropriate. I had no trouble dozing off.
We'd come over from France where we now live so that I could share all the places I remember from growing up with our thirteen year old. He was not disappointed, the surrounding countryside is stunning.
The rooms could do with some investment, redecoration and better storage furniture perhaps. And more shelves and hooks in the ensuites. Perhaps you could lose the bath and just have a shower in a few to make more space. All was beautifully clean however.

Room Tip: It's a popular country pub, not rowdy, just convivial.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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