We were recently invited to visit The Bridge located in the quaint and picturesque village of Prestbury not too far from Macclesfield in Cheshire to review their selection of appetisers, lunch menu, desserts and an array of cocktails specially created and prepared by their Bar Manager, Archie. The Bridge is part of the Flatcap Hotel Groups and has recently undergone a huge amount of renovation and refurbishment. It is wonderful that they still have kept a host of original features such as the stone and parquet flooring and wooden beams throughout. The restaurant has taken inspiration from the beautiful gardens at the rear of the hotel, which overlooks the River Bollin. The restaurant décor includes jewel-toned chairs in peacock blue and emerald green, plus a bright, light-filled Garden Room facing the terraced gardens with botanical print chairs. Their new bar has been renovated in soft tones of green, with a feature wall of mirrors and the original beams have been exposed during the renovations. We at Yeah Lifestyle have also previously reviewed two of Flatcap Hotel Group’s other restaurants, The Vicarage Freehouse and Rooms in Holmes Chapel as well as Barristers Restaurants and Bar in Knutsford. We were curious to find out what The Bridge had installed for us, and were pleasantly surprised by our visit. Keep reading to see more photos, videos as well learn more about this stunning grade II listed country pub, restaurant and hotel.
We walked into the hotel and were immediately guided into the restaurant by one of the staff. Walking into the restaurant the first thing that caught our eyes were the quirky decor and sophisticated sofas by the fireplace. The Bridge has been in operations since 1952 and boasts luxurious accommodation (about 23 rooms), fine dining food, an array of cocktails as well as a great location for private events such as weddings. We were told that they can fit about 150 people for a private event, 60 pax for formal dining in the restaurant and about 30 more on their outside terrace. They do have limited parking by the hotel for customers, but the road to it can be narrow so a word of caution…go slow.
We were met by Josh, who quickly sat us down and helped us by recommending some dishes from their lunch menu. If you are vegetarian or gluten-free, a ‘V’ or a ‘GF’ is clearly indicated on the side of the menu. If you have further food allergies, dospeak to the staff and they should be able to accommodate you. As we were reading their menu, we notice that The Bridge offers seasonal menus emphasising regional food sourced locally and of the highest quality. All their beef served are grass-fed and raised in England or Wales sourced from their artisan butcher Glynn Bros and is hung for 21 days and then matured locally. Their pork products are from Buttercross Farm in Shropshire where they are raised by the Rowley family. All their fish is sustainably sourced and comes from their supplier in Fleetwood and finally, their potatoes from Massey family while thier vegetables are all grown in Cheshire.
For starters, we ordered the crispy squid which came exquisitely presented in a white place. It had a salt and pepper rub and was served with saffron aioli, chilli, jalapeno and broccoli slaw. Priced at £8, this dish has a lovely harsh spicy kick to it, which we loved and the slaw complimented the dish by giving it a more delicate flavour and neutralising the spiciness.
We were met up by the Bar Manager Archie who sat down and spoke to us about his new Signature Cocktail’s which he has created, this includes funky named cocktails inspired by past local figues of Prestbury such as The Lady, The Librarian, The Chef, The Aristocrat, The Village Food and The Florist (which we ordered above). The Florist was priced at £8 a glass and made with palma voilet gin, rose, lavender and elderflower. The drink as the name states tasted very flowery and was so beautifully presented. Archie came over to show us the lavender beads (which is made locally) which is used in the drink. The bead on its own does not smell but when crushed, releases a delicate flavour to the drink.
For our first mains, we ordered their in house Fish and Chips which came highly recommended (it is one of their most popular dish on a friday). The type of fish served changes depending on the catch. We were served monk fish and were told that the fish was freshly caught the day before. The monk fish was coated in an ale and onion seed battered and served with curried chick peas (which was a lovely accompaniment), mushy pea puree, blush tomato salsa, a slice of grilled lemon and fat cut chips. This delicious and dish costs £12 and we would totally recommend ordering it. Each element was cooked to perfection and complimented the dish.
Here’s a shot of Archie, the Bar Manager showing us how he makes The Aristocrat. Priced at £9.50 a glass, its made with bourbon whisky which is mixed with burnt orange, sugar and bitters before being infused with wood chip flavours. If you love your whiskey then this is so worth tasting!
Have a look at the video to see how he actually makes this.
For our second mains, we ordered the Roasted Vegetable Penne, which is also a fully vegetarian dish. The dish which is priced at a hefty £14 spells nothing but healthy and deliciousness. The courgette, baby aubergine, red onions were roasted to pefection with the meat inside being tender and the skin crispy. This dish was served with a basil crisps and a light tomato and basil sauce which was delicious! I personally am a little reserved when it comes to goats cheese but if you do love it then this dish is worth ordering.
For dessert, we ordered a selection of 3 cheeses priced at £8 and this came with grapes, chutney, quince jelly, biscuits, candied walnuts. The cheese selection changes quite often, but we were served Cornish Brie, Cornish Yarg and Serniak Blue (which is a soft blue cheese). If you love cheese then we can’t recommend this dish enough, as it caters to those with a more savoury palate but the also satisfies the ones with the sweet tooth with the delectable candied walnuts.
For our second dessert, we were served the Bridge Snowball (do note that this dish is only served with their dinner menu but we were lucky to sample it) made with Chestnut mousse, meringue crumble, whipped white chocolate ganache, chocolate sponge and cassie gel. Priced at £8, this dish has layers and layers of different flavours that will explode in your mouth. Each bite has to be savoured ever so quietly and delicately to understand its intricate creation. The dish itself is very sweet but the sharpness of the sauce does blends it well and offers a mellow finish in your mouth.
We finished our dish with a lovely coffee made by Josh.
OFFER – Ask for the Bridge 321 Menu
Available from Monday to Thursday from 12noon to 7pm, this menu is so worth every penny! 3 Course Meal for 2 Person with a Bottle of House Wine only costs £49.50, if you don’t drink wine or only prefer a 2-course meal, let the staff know and they will give you a further discount to the 321 offer.
Where is The Bridge?
The Village, Prestbury
+44 01625 829 326
What are their Opening Hours?
Monday to Thursday 7am-11pm (last orders for food 9.30pm)
Friday & Saturday 8am-12pm (last orders for food 10pm)
Sunday 8am to 10pm (last orders for food 9pm)
About The Bridge
In the very heart of rural Cheshire lies the picturesque and unspoilt village of Prestbury of which the Bridge is the keystone. A grade II listed country pub, restaurant and hotel, it connects quirky decor matched with country comforts. Since 1952, The Bridge in Prestbury has boasted luxurious accommodation, fine food, morning coffee, afternoon tea, private dining facilities, and a welcoming bar and restaurant. The seasonal menus promote the local farmers, foragers and gardeners of Cheshire.
The Bridge is an ideal base for visiting the wonderful and diverse Cheshire countryside and attractions just 20 minutes drive from Manchester International Airport and located within easy reach of the motorway network. The Bridge Hotel balances the excellent facilities of a modern hotel with genuine character and appeal. Whether dining with us, staying overnight or just popping in for a drink, on business or for pleasure, you can be always assured of a very warm welcome.
In The Bridge Hotel has 23 rooms, divided between the older half-timbered part of the hotel and the Whiteside Wing that features views of the gardens and the River Bollin.
The newly refurbished Restaurant & Bar is located in the oldest side of the building which dates back to 1626. Open for breakfast throughout the day serving artisan coffee and loose leaf tea’s; the stunning garden room and beautifully kept gardens, is the perfect setting for a quick bite, afternoon tea or a long boozy lunch.
The Restaurant serves premium locally sourced British seasonal produce giving traditional dishes a modern twist. The Bar is stocked with unique spirits & carefully selected wines to accompany the food. Ideal for a couple’s date night, large family meals and can be hired for exclusive use.
About Flatcap Hotels
Flat Cap Hotels is a Cheshire based family run group. We are operators of independent hotels with restaurants & pubs specialising in delivering locally sourced British seasonal menus, eccentric cocktails, the finest beers & exceptional wines. Every property provides interiors designed with our own personal touches with ‘home away from home’ accommodation. The concept has been developed and evolved from the old-fashioned country public house combined with the ever-changing lifestyle hotel. Their Executive Chef, Steven Tuke leads the kitchens with an experienced and passionate team championing locally sourced British produce and seasonal menus. Their brand focus is to provide and create new jobs and life-long careers across all departments. They want each of their venues to become the heart of each community and space for everyone to enjoy.
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* We were provided with meals in return for a review. All opinions are our own.