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After a visit to the Garden House Inn and prior to a visit to the Kingslodge Inn (neither listed on here), I tried the Bridge Hotel, which is located underneath Durham's impressive viaduct. The interior is fairly unremarkable and so was the ale selection - Theakston XB, St Austell Proper Job & Holts Two Hoots. Football highlights were being shown on the TV. There are better pubs in Durham.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Feb 2017 20:32
Attended a quiz night and it proved to be very enjoyable - gettable questions in the main including a music round, clear enunciation from the quiz host and free food (meat stew) laid on. Ales are OK but unremarkable and the interior a little whitewashed. Close to a student area although where isn't in central Durham?.
BoehmBawerk - 9 Nov 2016 14:09
looked very run down from outside, but nice and tidy inside. only girl behind bar in the pub. Then saw chalk board 3.25 for cask ales had cairngorm flying scotsman, O.K. then walked 100 yards to a packed wetherspoons 1.99 for cask people then wonder why pubs are closing
kilimanjaro - 21 Jun 2012 19:07
Honestly surprised why this pub has such a high rating. It's like a poor man's Ember Inn, if you've been in one of those. Somewhere to bring your granny if you're desperate. I'd rather wait on the platform for a train than here, it's less depressing.
rabdes - 16 Apr 2011 22:26
Bombardier, Old Speckled Hen and Batemans Thirsty Work which was served very well. Clean and tidy, ok.
GuideDogSaint - 6 Sep 2010 20:36
Decent pint, but expensive for the North East. A pint of cider is 3.10 for instance.

Nicer inside than it looks outside, and reasonable pint.

If you have 40 minutes from the train station, well worth dropping down to.
OldhamSheridan - 22 Aug 2010 17:39
Doesn't look that prepossessing externally but fine inside with a friendly welcome, a decent if small choice of ales and what looks like an OK menu (didn't try the food). Not by any means the best in Durham, but a good experience and worth a visit. Handy for the station.
Stamfordian - 14 Aug 2010 10:30
Large menus and very good food. Expensive beer and not always the most exciting range however. Wouldn't go there for an evening, with the exception of the excellent quiz.
Robdurbar - 13 Jul 2010 16:43
Always enjoy a trip to The Bridge... staff are great and the beer is always just right!

Used to pop in for food quite often but have given it more of a wide bearth of late. Still good, just not great. The menu is a little bloated and feels a bit like a good honest pub menu that has been perverted by a gastroponce ethos but without having the capacity to deliver...

The menu scribe is hilareous - embarrasingly over the top: "A quails perctoralis major cheekily perpindicular to a pillow of pomme petit pois", "A trio of cash and carry sausage playfully adorning a cloud of fluffy mash with a rich onion jus"

If only they put the same effort into the food as they do describing it...
thethompson - 12 Jul 2010 15:07
Very good pub. A couple of hand pulls on offer, one is usually Theakstons, always well kept. Food is always very good, but the person writing the blackboard should remember they're working in a pub in Durham, not Le Gavroche.

Slightly off the beaten track, but worth a visit.
Frankthetank8524 - 9 Jul 2010 22:24
sorry i clicked on the wrong pub lsa t time - a good pub with excellent food
dazzadurham - 27 Sep 2009 00:10
OK but nothing special
dazzadurham - 27 Sep 2009 00:09
Comfortable and inviting pub, low-key and very civilised compared to the more boisterous North Road establishments on yon side of the roundabout. Clean carpets, nice decor, and dead comfy. Three 'real ales', Theakston's, Speckled Hen, and one guest are usually good, pretty well kept. Food is fairly good as a rule (though a recent menu change saw the loss of the chilli burger, my fave dammit!), and the home made chips are the best around. That's it really. Nothing spectacular, but one of the nicest pubs in the city centre.
ijbison - 5 Mar 2009 16:47
Efficient service and a decent enough pint of Theakstone Best. The three cask ales selection was unadventurous. Pleasant enough pub and handy for the railway station.
wobblybob - 5 Feb 2009 14:49
Closest pub to Durham station and a lot better than many of the efforts on nearby North Road. No surprises on the food or beer, though both are reasonable and fairly-priced (beer Theakston's Best + 2 guests, all 2.50 or so). Quiz on Tuesdays. Attracts a mixture of locals and students from the viaduct area as well as the passing trade (it also does accommodation). There's better to be found in Durham, but the Bridge is a perfectly pleasant place to while away an hour or two.
pablos13 - 13 Aug 2008 16:22
Sunday lunches good value and quality, but may require pre-booking - strange for the nearest pub to the station! Real ale (guests) good but expensive
oftenscore6 - 24 Mar 2008 22:52

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