Thursday, December 12, 2013

A view of The Bridge

The Bridge on Woodhead Road. Picture: Mike Millington
Our intrepid new Holme Valley reporter, raisathedog, has been giving us the lowdown on The Bridge.
He's been to Holmbridge to give us his opinion on the valley's new kid on the real ale block.
The pub, formerly The Bridge Tavern, reopened in late November after being up for sale.
The grade II listed building has had an extensive but tasteful refit. Work is still progressing on its adjoining brewery but hopes are high that this will be on stream in January.
Let's turn this over to 'raisa' who also put us in touch with photographer Mike Millington who kindly supplied most of the pictures for this post.
Picture: Mike Millington
Raisa said: "My first impression is very good. Having known the original I would not have recognised the place. It is very much on the same lines as its sister establishment (Brambles in Holmfirth), i.e. Bistro with a nice bar, real ales and even a hand pulled cider made in the Holme Valley. 
"I tried Empire's Golden Warrior and Leyden Brewery's Tally Ho, £2.40 and £2.30 a pint, respectively. Both were excellent and when The Bridge starts to brew, hopefully in January, their own beers are planned to be around these prices. 
Picture: raisathedog
"The food is reasonably priced. I don’t know how good it is but I talked to to the chef and he seemed to be very enthusiastic and proud of his menu.
The staff are just like at Brambles: young, friendly, well trained, helpful and knowledgeable. I have high hopes for this place and wish them well."
Picture: Mike Millington
Ale Ambler: Being the resident greedy git of this blog  I drove out to Holmbridge this week to road test the menu.
Alas, I had to overlook the liquid menu of Empire's Golden Warrior, Guilty, Moonraker Mild, Leyden Gold and Pure North Valley Gold. But I enjoyed two very nice cups of coffee instead!
The food menu revealed a mix of starters, mains and lunchtime bites.
My eye was immediately drawn to the black pudding and egg starter and traditional pub grub like gammon steaks. But as always I succumbed to the burger, and very good it was too, as was the table and bar service.
I was told there was an upstairs dining area, which was just having final decorating touches put to it. I had a sneak-peak upstairs and it looked a picture.
I also bumped into the builder/joiner outside who told me work was progressing nicely on the brewery. I look forward to returning in the New Year and sampling The Bridge's beers.
Many thanks to raisathedog and Mike Millington for their efforts with this post. 
The Bridge and its brewery
The Bridge is situated on the junction of Woodhead Road and Field End Lane in Holmbridge. It is well served by the 314 Huddersfield to Holme and H5 Netherthong-Holmbridge bus services, which stop outside and by the nearby Holmbridge Cricket Club. 
As a cricket fan I think I may be taking in a few home games next summer. But I won't be too upset if rain stops play and we have to drown our sorrows next door!

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