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The Bridge Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Grinton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Booked a breakfast over a week before the event for 5 adults (men) following the end of a walking holiday.
When we sat down we were informed that items on the menu were unavailable.
There was clearly not enough starters of cereal, fruit juice and fruit portions for all the customers as some of us had to do without, (there were 2 other couples - 9 persons in all. Hardly a crowd!)
The main meal - full breakfast was what I would describe as children's portions.
Teaspoon of baked beans, piece of black pudding the size and thickness of a 50p, a single mushroom, a sausage, a piece of tomato, a slice of bacon with a fried egg.
We had to ask for more toast when the waitress eventually reappeared which duly arrived but had to wait another 15 mins before we able to ask for more coffee which wasn't fresh.
Needless to say we were all disappointed with the meal and service especially when we charged £10.00 a head. This was the first time I did not leave a tip.
I felt that the catering was run on a shoestring budget and its a place our party will not revisit.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank DeeGeeR
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Visited The Bridge Inn as a treat for an evening meal while camping at nearby Grinton Youth Hostel. We had booked a table and the barmaid indicated that we should go to the waiting area (leather sofas) to wait for our table. We were given menus and ordered our food and then we waited a very long time. It was busy but there were a few unoccupied tables. The menu was not the same as the one I had seen on the internet. There did not appear to be as much choice of main courses and the prices had gone up. When we were eventually called to our table the food and service was a bit disappointing. Perhaps they were short staffed or something. The waiter brought our food but did not offer sauces etc and none of the staff made us feel particularly welcome. The unused wine glasses and dishes on the table were not removed while we ate. The food was tasty but not as impressive or filling as we were expecting given the reputation of the place and the price we paid. The portions of accompanying veg were very small. Pudding (ginger pudding) was delicious. Budweiser was nearly £6 a bottle.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Susan W
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andyswale, Owner at The Bridge Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2014

Unfortunately during the week of the Tour de France due to the numbers expected we did resort to mass catering which did unfortunately lead to a temporary drop in the standard of food served. This was however reflected in the price but I must say I am happier now that we are back serving our usual menu. I apologise for this and recommend that you call in and see our new menu and improved standards.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Puzzled by last review , did Grizingraz stay in the bridge in Grinton ?. The bridge is very old , very unique , staff are interested in visitors and help with advice on fishing , walks , cycle routes and much much more. It's very popular with walkers as their dogs are welcome , the food is above the norm for a small local hostelry , it has many regulars who enjoy weekends in the Yorkshire Dales and we often meet up with people time and time again when we stay there . So sorry that anybody could fail to enjoy a stay in this part of Yorkshire ( no mention of fabulous scenery )due to the seemingly shortcomings of this small quaint ancient inn. PS . I go to Grinton in two weeks ---NO WAY WOULD I STAY ANYWHERE WITH SPIDERS AND COBWEBS IN EVERY CORNER ,!!

Room Tip: Music night in the bar not very late but for those wanting early night get room away from there.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Dorothy W
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

B and B's are our preferred accommodation and we have stayed in many different types, from relaxed and/or quirky to posh and elegant. By far this was THE worst place I have ever stayed. To begin with there IS no reception; just a bar where we were greeted? by a somewhat harried employee who begrudgingly showed us to our room. The room itself was small and cramped, with ensuite bathroom. But things got really worse when we placed one of our suitcases on the chair (no luggage racks) and a huge cloud of dust emerged from the bottom. But there was more.....The bathroom toilet had someone else's hairs around the base; the sink as well; there was mold in the bathroom and shower, and dead spiders and cobwebs clung to nearly every corner, and the bedside lamp. It was just icky. Towels were large enough but with holes in them; no separate shower soap was provided so one had to move the only soap provided back and forth from sink to shower. We were advised to use a particular entrance to come and go, not the main restaurant/bar/pub entrance. That entrance led directly past the kitchen discards (crates of mushrooms, and other garbage), the accompanying kitchen smells (think fried food) plus a dog. Breakfast was all right, service was friendly and the hot portions well prepared. Unfortunately items like yogurt, orange juice and fruit were not replaced and were in scant supply. Wifi did not work in the room. Owner was dismissive of guests using wifi in other parts of the building. Check out time is 10:00 but management was banging on our door at 9:30 asking if we were ready. Actually we were MORE than ready. If staying in the area, choose somewhere--anywhere--else.

Room Tip: I could not honestly recommend any rooms as they must be cleaned by the same person.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Grizingraz
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

My partner and I spent 3 nights at the Bridge in May. The pub is very "dog friendly" so we also took along our pooch, Muppet. The three of us were made very welcome by all the staff. We counted almost 10 of them! It's a real team effort - and that's just one of the things that makes this place buzz.

First things first. In terms of accommodation, this is a pub with rooms. If you're looking for a stylish "Mrs Miggins B&B" then look elsewhere. Some of the decor and fittings may be a bit tired but they are perfectly clean and cosy. Besides, if you're visiting the Dales you should be out walking or cycling all day - not sitting in your room staring at the chintz curtains.

The food was excellent. We chose to eat in each night even though we could have easily gone elsewhere. The choice and quality of the meals was of a far higher standard than simple pub grub. The specials included such things as pan-fried codling and ricotta and pine nut lasagna. There is a separate restaurant area but we opted to eat our food in the bar which was always alive with people.

This is where the Bridge comes into its own. It looks and feels just like a proper country pub should. If you've ever been walking in the Lakes you'll be hard pushed to find a real pub - apart from the Golden Rule and Kirkstone Pass Inn. In the Lakes most of the pubs have been "hollowed out" and modernised. In the Dales, on the other hand, the pubs retain their character and the Bridge is one of the best. The staff were engaging, chatty and always ready for banter. If you're prepared to give as good as you get you'll have a wonderful time.

The pub was also full of locals who were also very friendly.

To summarize, this is a delightful pub/restaurant with comfortable accommodation. It is not pretentious in any way. What it lacks in style it more than makes up for with character.

We're already planning to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Antar-Titchmarsh
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

Visited The Bridge Inn for the first time yesterday with my husband and daughter and was greeted by a mega friendly Landlord Drew who regularly chatted with us throughout the evening and who my 4 year old found very entertaining :) The service was excellent and the food was really lovely. Would love to come back here again

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank kirstinmazzy
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We just dropped in for a quick lunch which was very tasty and obviously freshly cooked. There is a good selection of beers and wines. Friendly atmosphere and excellent service. Child and dog-friendly too. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Lisa M
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Address: Grinton | Swaledale, Grinton, Yorkshire Dales National Park, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Yorkshire Dales National Park > Grinton
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Grinton
Price Range: £65 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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