Bustling pub with traditional, comfortable bars, log fires, real ales, malt whiskies and tasty bar food; neat bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Situated by the river in the heart of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this welcoming traditional pub with its notably good food and beer is a godsend for thirsty walkers and cyclists ' who will be glad to hear that flood defences are being installed to prevent a repetition of 2019's inundation. There's a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere, bow-window seats and a pair of stripped traditional settles among more usual pub seats (all well cushioned), a good log fire and Jennings Cumberland, Marstons Wainwright and always something from the Yorkshire Dales brewery on handpump; also, eight wines by the glass, 25 gins and farm cider. On the right, a few steps lead down to a room with darts and ring the bull. On the left, past leather armchairs and a sofa next to a second log fire (and a glass chess set), is an extensive two-part dining room with décor in cream and shades of brown, and a modicum of fishing memorabilia. The five bedrooms are neat, simple and comfortable, and breakfasts good. There are picnic-sets outside and the lovely church opposite is known as the Cathedral of the Dales.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty favourites prepared with modern flair might include squid rings in panko breadcrumbs, black pudding scotch egg, forest mushrooms on toasted ciabatta with hollandaise, roast pork belly with colcannon, pork shoulder bonbon and apple and cider sauce, steak and ale pie, beef burger, chickpea curry, Whitby scampi and desserts such as peanut butter brownie, ginger pudding with toffee sauce and blackcurrant yoghurt ice-cream cake. At lunchtime you can also get good-value hot and cold sandwiches and snacks.
Bridge Inn, Grinton, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL11 6HH
Pub Group: Jennings (Marstons)