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Bridge Inn, Richmond

Postal town: Richmond
DL11 6HH

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Leased (Marstons)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Bridge Inn

Fine old Marston's pub with an elongated layout featuring a very traditional bar in the centre with a comfortable large dining room on one side and a more plainly decorated, stone-flagged dining room on the other. Also has a plenty of wooden benches out front to catch the afternoon sun. Just two of the five handpumps were in use, offering Wainwright and Swale Trail Pale from the local Yorkshire Dales Brewing.

On 19th August 2021 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Bridge Inn

This pub has been well described by other reviewers, and nothing seemed to have changed when I was there a few days ago. The main bar room was originally two smaller ones, so there's a massive pillar holding things together, but it's a pleasant room nonetheless, with a lovely stone fireplace against the wall to the left. The board outside declares that "quality" food is available all day every day, and this seems to be what most customers are here for. The four hand pumps on the bar had beers exclusively from the Marstons stable, but perhaps a little more adventurous than when other reviewers have been here: Jennings Cumberland Ale (in my view the least interesting of the Jennings regular brews), Marstons Single Hop Citra (the hop that gives your beer the aroma of mango and lime, according to the pump clip), Ringwood Boondoggle (all the way from the New Forest in Hampshire) and a new one for me - Jennings Little Gem. This did not, as the name might suggest, have anything to do with lettuce, but was a pleasant if unspectacular brew that slipped down well without bothering the taste buds too much. The landlord said that he hoped I would call again as I was leaving, and I had half a mind to as I was staying at the youth hostel just up the hill, but the cold, dark night and the state of my feet decided me against. Maybe another time.

On 30th October 2012 - rating: 7
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. Wittenden left this review about The Bridge Inn

This is an old coaching inn, about a mile from Reeth, on the banks of the Swale. We’ve been here a few times on our holidays-we’ve eaten in the good dining room, in the central bar, and have gone in for a drink.
It has an air of solidity, and that buzz that comes from a varied and inclusive clientel.The bar staff seem very jolly, and dogs are made welcome. As a Jennings pub, one of the few that I’ve seen in this part of Yorkshire, its now part of the greater Marston’s empire:however, the beers don’t appear to have suffered,though I was disappointed that the mild was unavailable when we came in October. The Cumberland ale made a refreshing consolation, as I recall. Guest ales were evident-Butcombe, and something welsh was listed as forthcoming.
For the lover of whimsy, there’s a wickerwork sheep perched on the ridge of the roof: last seen it was playing the French horn.

On 13th November 2010 - no rating submitted
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Roger Button left this review about The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn is probably the pick of the pubs in the immediate Reeth area. It is a 15 minute stroll from from the centre of Reeth but many of the local published walking trails pass it so if the doors are open, there isn't really an excuse not to pop in. A warm, cosy and civilized pub but it does admittedly lean towards the dining end of the pub spectrum. It is also a bit of a magnet for dog walkers and you can expect to trip over at least 3 slumped canines as you work your way to the bar.

The interior is split into 3. The main bar in the centre has beamed ceilings, open fire, old local pictures and brewery mirrors. The bar area is awash with with pump clips, postcards, banknotes and tankards. To the right of the bar is a pool room with some overspill seating when things get busy (and it is a very popular place). To the left of the main bar is a restaurant with a sofa section containing chess sets, an aquarium and an old wind up “His Masters Voice” gramophone. Outside on the roof is a life size model of a swaledale sheep with a horn - not sure what that's all about. Beerwise, there were 4 Ales on hand pump – Jennings Cumberland (it is a Jennings pub), Hobgoblin, Ringwood Best and Banks Bitter, a selection that does at least differ from the ubiquitous Black Sheep and Theakstons that dominate all the pubs for miles around although I would like to have seen an ale from one of the other local breweries.

No TV's, music or mobile phones (you'll be lucky to get a signal anyway) so it's a pretty relaxed and peaceful place to spend an evening. On the downside, some of the seating in the main bar is awkwardly placed near doors but if there was anything that annoyed me about the place it was the number of diners in the bar. One (very pleasant) couple even asked to share our table despite there being plenty of room in the adjacent restaurant. Maybe I'm missing something but there was space in the restaurant all evening so it wasn't as if they were fully booked. I presume there is a reason behind it but it certainly escapes me. Although we didn't eat here the food did look (and smell) very good and the prices were very reasonable for what you were getting.

Despite its diners in the bar problem, the Bridge was certainly one of the best pubs we visited in our Dales week and is well worth stopping by. The “Cathedral of the Dales” opposite is also worth a quick visit.

On 6th December 2009 - rating: 7
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Old Boots left this review about The Bridge Inn

Beautiful setting in Swaledale near the tourist honeypot of Reeth. There is a large comfortable traditional bar, with a pool room at a lower level to one side and a dining room to the other. Decently kept beers from Jennings, Ringwood and other Marstons group breweries on the four handpumps plus Peroni and Budweiser Budvar kegs along with the more ubiquitous Fosters, and Guinness also Marstons own version of Nitrokeg. The bar is decorated with photos of the dale, postcards, bank notes, old bottles and beer mats, notably some from the defunct Carlisle brewery. Friendly staff and there is an outdoor drinking/smoking area. If driving be careful on the sharp turn out of the carpark.

On 24th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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