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The Bridge Inn, Rotherham

Pub added by Will Larter
Greasbrough Road
S60 1RB
Phone: 01709836818

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

Fine old riverside pub now run by Old Mill Brewery. Elongated bar with a number of seating / dining areas, although when I visited the customers were congregated near the front end. Mix of traditional furniture but the decor was much lighter than expected (with displays of pump clips and football scarves being the main features). Various other spaces either closed off or in darkness. Makes a point about holding an 'all year poppy appeal', so I guess that the landlord is ex-forces (an impression reinforced by the slightly gruff, if friendly, welcome). Four real ales - the regular Bitter and 1884 Frickley (£3.00) plus Bombardier and Robinson's Dizzy Blonde as guests - from the various handpumps.

On 12th February 2017 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn is just about the first thing you're likely to notice upon exiting Rotherham train station, and such a fine stone building certainly helps make a favourable initial impression. Entering through a smart lobby area, you can move through to the main bar on your left or a small lounge to the right. The lounge looked a little spartan and presumably is used for hosting live music, as there was some sort of performance area visible to the rear. The bare boarded front right area is set up mostly for vertical drinking and was pretty busy with folk waiting for a train home following a day out at the football. Drinking ledges are the main option here, although there are also a couple of seating booths with attractive frosted glass partitioning screens to take advantage of. The tongue and groove counter runs quite some way back and is broken up half way down by what appears to have once been the old jug and bottle servery, with a sash window hatch still visible. The bar back has been adorned with the usual pump clip collection, but also boasts a pleasing section with lots of small drawers, a collection of mugs and various other curios. Reaching the end of the room, you find yourself in a carpeted space with standard tables and chairs, a TV screen showing the day's late football fixture, a mix of traditional and modern art prints, a cabinet displaying beer bottles and an old pub sign. The whole pub was decked out with countless football scarves suspended from the ceiling beams, which created a surprisingly nice effect.
The pub is owned by the Old Mill brewery and normally offers a range of their beers plus several guests. I seem to have arrived at a bad time, as the beers had clearly taken a big hit from thirsty football fans, with just five of the ten handpulls in action, offering Old Mill Bullion, Bitter and Curiosity, Moorhouse White Witch and Taylors Boltmaker. I had a very quick pint of the latter before dashing for a train home and was pleased to find it was very drinkable.
Despite seemingly getting a bit unlucky with the ale range, I still thought this was a pretty decent pub that appeared to be versatile and able to cater for a range of tastes without alienating people. It's proximity to the station makes it a great start and/or end point for a crawl, but it merits a visit regardless and is clearly one of the town's top ale houses.

On 5th February 2015 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn is a nice looking stone built pub that is very handy if waiting for a train at the nearby station.
I first visited this pub back in January 1987 when it was a Stones tied house,the pub is now an Old Mill tied house.
Once inside the bar faces,there is one long room running the width of the pub,this room is divided into different areas,the floor was bare boarded near the bar,the left side was carpeted and had normal tables and chairs.
There were three real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Old Mill bitter which was a decent drink,the other beers were Old Mill Eldo and Shepherd Neame Spitfire.
The pub was fairly busy on my early evening visit,the background music was rock type which went down well with me.
This is a decent pub to have a drink in.

Pub first visited 22/1/1987

Recent visit 31/5/2014

On 22nd June 2014 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The Bridge Inn

This is a fine old stone building alongside the river and the bridge that gives it its name. Now owned by Old Mill brewery, it features a few of their beers (I saw Bullion and Blonde Bombshell as well as Traditional) but also some from newcomer Chantry Brewery among the 10 hand pumps that are spread along various parts of the bar. There are remnants of what would have been different rooms, but basically it's now one large open space, though with a complexity that makes it almost cosy compared with modern town centre vertical drinking barns.

We both went for Chantry's Iron & Steel, which was very quaffable, and my mate confessed that he had once stretched his "one pint before the train" visit to an extraordinary nine pint marathon in this very welcoming traditional pub. We sat near one end of the bar where there is a TV showing horse racing and discussed our plans for a town centre crawl. Having thought about a second, we decided instead to promise ourselves a return visit at the end of the crawl - it's very handy for the station, after all.

On 21st February 2014 - rating: 7
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