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£3 - £17
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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

After walking around Buttermere we popped into the Bridge Hotel for Sunday lunch. We ate in the dog friendly bar and found the staff to be welcoming and friendly and the service good. The roast beef dinners were very generous, tasty and good value. We...would definitely come here again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

Good variety of food and huge portions. The pub itself was very cosy and it was lovely to sit by a fire after a long walk around the lake. We had the hotdog with the homemade chips, both were delicious but the chips were some...of the best pub chips we’ve ever had.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

We visit here regularly whilst on hols in The Lakes, usually after a good walk around beautiful Buttermere lake with the dogs. Its very popular as you can imagine, so usually very busy but we've always managed to get a table and the service is...efficient, table service is inside and out. Food is great, good portion sizes and loads of vegan options too. Dogs always get their own bowl of broccoli and cumberlands :) We always have a pint of Wainrights here, worth popping in just for that!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023 via mobile

I really wanted to love it as wanted to visit for ages; I've followed the page for so long and finally we made it to Buttermere (stunning). It's cosy inside and the bathrooms are lovely (but dark). We arrived on a weekday just after 12pm...so not many in. Was seated and advised about the red/green block ordering system. The two staff were friendly, fussed our dog. We loved the fact that they do a doggy option (sausages and brocolli). However, our steak and ale pies, although huge were lukewarm in most parts, dare I say it cool. I did feed this back afterwards and the waitress informed the chef. We would have left a lot more on the plate had our dog not had some. The dogs sausages were only warm too even though we were told to wait as they were really hot. Maybe an issue with their heating equipment. Sadly we won't come back as nearly £60 spent and neither of us enjoyed it.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023

Excellent service, friendly staff, good choice on menu with big portion sizes too! My sister was pleased with GF chocolate fudge cake too! Would definitely recommend - lovely location! Many thanks

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

I have visited here a few times this year and it has always been excellent. But, this week we went as a family of 6 and we were all disappointed. The portion sizes were very small and did not reflect the prices. We were left...really disappointed. The food itself was nice but just not enough of it. Bare in mind that none of us are big eaters either. Whether you went for the small or large portions of food they were meagre and non reflective of the price. Compared to the last few times we visited, we were amazed at the difference. It’s a beautiful place, very ambient and cosy. The menu is great and the staff friendly. We would just like to see the decent portion sizes back on the plates again. We wondered if maybe they have a different chef or if we were unlucky. We hope so as we had come to like it here.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023 via mobile

Stopped off for tea and scones after a hike around the mere. In the absence of a NT scone this was a perfect alternative! Plenty of cream and rum butter to go with a nice warm scone and tea. Just what we needed.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

Lovely place and staff. However we went for food after a day walking. After looking forward to some thing I had months ago at same place I was left disappointed. The food portion size was smaller, the amount of meat in the roast beef ciabatta...was lot less, this it’s self was chewing and over cooked/ or cheap meat. The ciabatta was so dry it was hard to swallow this probably due to the supposedly gravy on it looked more like it had been shown the spoon at most. Chips and salad ok. Sorry to write this as was looking forward to what I had last time only to be left very disappointedMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 August 2023

Fabulous old Walker’s bar has been spoilt by a crazy hi tech system totally out of character with the building and area. Approaching the bar to review the ales on offer is now a sin but, if you are not intercepted before you get there,...you are greeted by a computer screen. This “improvement “ now requires six staff interactions before you receive your refreshment……..being told to find a seat, having the system explained, hailing a staff member via the red and green wooden block, giving your order, receiving your order, and finally making payment. The outcome of this is that any semblance of a traditional pub is lost whilst staff create a febrile atmosphere by purposefully scurrying about checking which way up the wooden blocks are. Absurd and unnecessary………..just be a proper pub please.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 July 2023

Staying in Keswick, decided to take advantage of the £2 bus fare and ventured to Buttermere as soon as we left the bus The Bridge Inn was there and looked inviting. We decided to have the Sunday lunch which was at first glance expensive, however,...it was amazing, nicely presented and included fresh perfectly cooked vegetables, I chose the lamb and the rest of the party had beef (there were 4 of us) . The staff were very friendly, welcoming and attentive, can highly recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

We popped in for a drink and some snacks after walking around the lake. Fabulous service and really excellent food with enormous portions, they even had a dog menu for which our pooch was very grateful! Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023 via mobile

Spent 4 nights in the Northern Lakes and for me this was the best meal I ate all the time I was there. Home made steak and ale pie was one of the best if not the best we’d ever had. I would definitely return...for more pie. However it does seem some people fall foul of the ordering system. We ourselves waited a while with our wooden block turned to indicate we were ready to order but nobody seemed to notice. This was simple to rectify by asking politely for assistance but maybe a new system should be consideredMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

Walked into the pub, middle aged blonde/brown hair woman met me and said “ are you eating or not?!” I replied say my family members are changing their shoes and not sure. Then shown outside left alone and a family followed me in being escorted...by the said lady with menus, they were obviously eating and had told her immediately, they were then served before me and I then eventually received a menu and ordered a drink. There is a system they use to put a wooden block red or Green to show you require help, as I was finishing my drink I turned it upwards to green, the table in the far corner had done the same after me, same woman walked straight passed my table and served the others!, I then at this point waved away my party of 15 people, eventually paid the bill and we had a fabulous meal at another pub along the road, the bill was over £500.00, a substantial loss of income to your pub, I am so pleased not to be the owner, although I am sure whoever it is provides this feedback, trying and hospitality training. If you don’t want to serve people in a correct and pleasant manner I am afraid you will always come across these issues, as I said to your face at the bar” you were and are the rudest person I have ever had the misfortune to come across”More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 April 2023

Popped in for a drink after a walk round the lake. Spilled my drink as we sat down. Went to buy a replacement but Tommy who served us said accidents happen and replaced it FOC. Amazing, thanks again Tommy will be a nice memory.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023 via mobile

Well, after a long absence through illness, I returned to my Happy place of Buttermere and the best pub for miles for a friendly welcome, The Bridge inn! This Hotel/pub is one of the gems of the lakes, the food is sublime, the cask Ales...tasty and the bar staff friendly and obliging...the table service as to be experienced to believe how efficient and polite the staff are. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4