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“Great food and wine, will return”
Review of The Bridge Inn

The Bridge Inn
Ranked #160 of 2,652 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Bridge Inn at Ratho is situated on the banks of The Union Canal, 7 miles to the west of Edinburgh in the picturesque village of Ratho. Graham and Rachel Bucknall took over the Bridge Inn in 2010 and have undertaken an extensive refurbishment project to maximise the space and to create a beautiful restaurant overlooking the canal, a terrace over the water, as well as four beautiful bedrooms and a cosy fire lit bar.We pride ourselves on not just producing great food, but also on working with our suppliers to give you the best of Scottish produce. Our menu is put together by our Head Chef Ben and changes with the seasons. We always feature our ever popular pub favourites, like fresh haddock with hand-cut chips or our pie of the week. The restaurant features venison, hake, pigeon, salmon and hand-dived scallops alongside our beautiful 35-day hung beef. In season we have locally-shot game.We grow and rear much of our own produce, and our Head Chef Ben and our gardener Charlie work together to put the freshest food on your plate - often the same day it was picked.Our walled garden, 200 yards along the canal towpath, produces the freshest seasonal vegetables throughout the year. We grow our own carrots, potatoes, leeks, spinach, cabbages, salad leaves and much more. Our own apples and rhubarb are used in our crumble - even our own nettles, delicious in our homemade nettle soup.We breed our own saddleback pigs, who live outside in the fresh air and are looked after by all the family - we know that a happy pig produces the tastiest meat. You will regularly find our menus featuring pork loin, fillet, belly, sausages and crackling, all from our own pigs.
Reviewed 19 February 2011

My husband took me here for dinner recently and we really enjoyed it (we have been before but only for drinks). It is currently getting refurbished so the proper restaurant is currently shut, but the bar bit is open, and just as nice. Wooden tables and chairs, and a fire. There are also tables and chairs outside for a sunny day. To start, I had the camembert cheese with cranberry (enormous and lovely), and my husband had the fish cakes (also really nice). For mains I had the chicken escalope with a mustard crust (delicious), and my husband had a fish dish (also delicious). We shared a banoffee cake dessert which I would have made the trip for on its own - devine! Nice accompanying wine and decent beer too. Large car park. Right on the Union Canal so great for drinks in the sun, or a boat trip too (friends of ours got married on one of their boats and really recommend it). We will go back, particularly when the restaurant opens again, which I think is March-time.

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Reviewed 15 November 2010

We’ve had meals at The Bridge Inn, Ratho quite a few times and it is a gastro pub in a country setting which we’d recommend not far from Edinburgh Airport and Ingliston Showground. This review relates to a recent trip on the canal boat which is operated by the owners.

A family group of us, covering a wide age range, gathered at the Inn for coffee & tea prior to boarding at 12.15pm (no alcohol served on a Sunday until 12.30pm).

The boat is moored next to the Inn so there are a few steps down to the water’s edge and a few to negotiate down onto the canal boat but these proved to be straight forward enough for out party.

Once on board we were seated at our table which was set with white table linen, good quality cutlery and wine glasses. The boat is tastefully decorated and on a bright but very cold Autumn day it was comfortably warm inside thanks to the central heating which was welcome but unexpected! Prior to boarding I had visions of temporary heaters battling to keep us from freezing with our jackets on but thankfully I was wrong. It caters for about 30 diners although there were about 18 or so on our trip so we had plenty of space to move around between courses. It has it’s own bar on board which was nicely fitted out and presumably keeps busy during party trips.

With a brief introduction from the skipper we set off . Fortunately it was a sunny afternoon and it was relaxing to have a nice glass of wine and watch the world slip by the windows - well it’s the Union Canal so for “world” read a few walkers, cyclists and canoeists who were out and about enjoying the autumnal scenery.

The food was excellent - good variety, well presented and perfectly cooked. It’s surprising how this is achieved from the galley of a canal boat! For starters our group had duck with a honey and poppy seed dressing, soup of the day and smoked trout pate & oatcakes. This was followed by our mains of sea bass served with a very nice dill/wine/mustard sauce, rib-eye steaks with pepper sauce and pork - all with a selection of fresh vegetables. The only complaint from our group was that the portions of the pork dish (with roast and boiled potatoes) were a bit large for an elderly person’s appetite. The staff however were happy to oblige by wrapping the surplus in tinfoil shaped like a duck - a very artistic “doggy bag” to take away! At this point, about an hour or so into our journey, we stopped at Almond Aqueduct, 76 feet high above the river valley and admired the views over the countryside. I opted to stroll along the canal side and take some photographs although the walkway at this point is narrow and cobbled so some care was required - the only thing likely to break your fall would be the ice on the surface!

With a second bottle of wine and our dessert choices of lime and ginger cheesecake and Banoffe Pie the return trip was equally pleasant. Coffee or tea with mints was served to finish prior to arriving back at the Bridge Inn mooring approximately three hours after setting off. With all the liquid intake I should mention there are small, fairly basic toilets on board.

We found the staff were friendly and apart from the odd bump at the narrower sections of canal it was all plain sailing - and no the skipper didn’t join us at the table. This turned out to be a very pleasant way of spending a Sunday afternoon.

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