Rachel Jenkinson came to The Bridge 17 years ago to work a single shift as a favour – she loved it so much that she’s still there today. A licensee for nine years, she has put her heart and soul into creating the very model of a community pub, with activities such as darts, pool, football and quizzes keeping the locals as enthusiastic as ever. Live sport showings and live music draw quite a crowd, and a friendly, sociable atmosphere makes this pub well worth a visit.
With great-quality food and drink, the pub attracts customers from further afield too, and was also crowned Pub of the Year by The Yorkshire Evening Post. If you’re eating here, it’s worth stopping at the bar to consider the eight carefully chosen real ales. On numerous visits I’ve never had a bad one, and this time Treboom Brewery’s clean and golden Yorkshire Sparkle proved a refreshing accompaniment to my evening of hearty dining. I started with crispy Thai fishcakes, served with a devilishly spicy red chilli dip, while my partner’s prawn cocktail was everything you’d expect of this classic British favourite. The main courses soon followed: for me a sizeable wedge of deep-filled steak and kidney pie with chips and mushy peas; for my partner a perfectly spiced lamb rogan josh with fresh green chillies. Old-school desserts of steamed syrup sponge and chocolate fudge cake rounded off a night of generous portions and kind hospitality.