English Tourism Council (The Tourist Board). VisitEngland’s Gold and Silver awards are given "in recognition of exceptional quality within a property's star rating, or for outperforming a star rating". Only around 60 hotels a year receive this award. The Old Bridge has had Gold Award status for 10 years.
In November 2016 the Sunday Tiimes listed The Old Bridge as one of the best 25 wine bars in the UK. Whilst we aren't strictly a 'wine bar' we do serve lots of wine by the glass, bottle and by the 25ml taster in the wine shop. So we were delighted to be put alongside such excellent names as Sager & Wilde, The 10 Cases and other (invariably urban) wine destinations.
Trip Advisor is often seen as a mixed blessing for hotels and restaurants. Armchair reviewers can be very subjective and occasionally completely unfair. But the majority of reviews are honest and we can learn from negative as well as positive feedback. Overall we manage to get the 'Certificate of Excellence' rating so we are of course delighted with that....! Thank you to anyone who has been kind enough to give us their endorsement.
The AA Guide. We our the only restaurant in the country to have twice won the AA's 'Wine Award' given to the UK's best restaurant wine list. For food they give us 2 rosettes and the hotel they give an 87% rating.
The Good Food Guide: "An ‘ivy-clad heaven, with a riverside garden full of folk’, this converted eighteenth-century bank has smart-casual hospitality down to a fine art – especially in the breezy, open spaces of the conservatory dining room. Chef James Claydon used to cook here back in the day, and he knows what is expected when it comes to matching meticulous produce with flavours from home and abroad. A perfectly pitched dish of meaty skate wing with samphire, sorrel, lemony crushed Jersey Royals and asparagus is the distillation of springtime in England, while pleasurable Mediterranean themes shine through in plates of tangy-sweet bresola, chilli-spiked linguine with Dorset crab, or venison with confit garlic, cavolo nero and beetroot sauce. Neal’s Yard cheeses are kept in peak condition and desserts such as Amaretto parfait gilded with threads of syrupy orange peel provide an effortless finish. Oenophile owner John Hoskins MW has put together a barnstorming global list that positively encourages adventurous sampling – thanks to ‘flat’ mark-ups, more than two-dozen brilliant selections by the glass and oodles of sub-£30 choice. Don’t leave without browsing the wine shop."