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23rd May 2012

We made it onto the Guardian Travel sections 10 best pubs in North Devon & Exmoor!:-

 Daily Telegraph - Saturday 18 Feb 09

Our guide to British pubs. This week: The Bridge Inn, Dulverton.

The Bridge Inn is clever, mighty clever. It somehow contrives to be all things to all people, in the nicest possible way. In winter it's a cosy bolt-hole from the worst of the Exmoor weather – snug and warm, with two woodburners and a leather sofa into which you can sink and read your paper. Come summer, everyone spills outside: children and dogs splash in the river opposite or feed the ducks and a lively hubbub of banter weaves among the outdoor tables and benches.

It's a true locals' pub (fielding a team for tug of war and creating its own float for the carnival) yet, equally, it's a welcoming retreat for tourists, however they choose to arrive. Some hike in over the moor, while others canoe in via the river or meander up from the nearby caravan site. It can be quiet and civilised with good conversation over a decent glass of Rioja, or lively and animated, with regular folk nights and pub quizzes.

People pop in for a few drinks or come singly, in pairs or mob-handed to eat. There's no separate dining room, just one L-shaped bar with a hodgepodge of tables and a nice big blackboard from which to choose.

Food choices are equally accommodating. The popular pie menu (£6.20 each) offers robust ballast for a return to the hills, the water, or just back to work. There are plenty of classic crowd-pleasers (ham, egg and chips or filled rolls) while smarter choices include monkfish fillet with broad bean purée and chips (£9.95). One small niggle is that the pies come solo and adding £1.80 for chips and £1 for mushy peas seems somewhat steep. But it's nit-picking and this truly is an excellent pub.

One area in which they are totally single-minded is the environment. Their Green Tourism Business Award plaque shows their commitment: everything (including waste oil) is recycled, light bulbs are all low-energy and food and beer miles are as low as possible. The bittersweet Exmoor Ale comes from nearby Wiveliscombe and the fruity Otter Ale from just over the border in Devon.

So on a soggy midweek lunchtime in the depths of winter, the place was packed solid. Perhaps you really can please all the people all the time.

  • The Bridge Inn, Bridge Street, Dulverton, Somerset (01398 324130)


Pub praised for its perfect pint!
Tiverton Gazette - Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 23:00

THE owners of the Bridge Inn at Dulverton have won an award for the quality of their beer.

Kenny and Rachel McDonald, who run the pub in Bridge Street, have been given the Cask Marque accreditation for serving a perfect pint of cask conditioned ale.

Kenny said: "This award is a great endorsement for us. We re-opened the pub two years ago and have consistently aimed to offer the customer the perfect pint and a great menu to match"

Backed by 34 of the country's brewers and pub firms, Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of quality audits.

Cask Marque director Paul Nunny said: "Kenny and Rachel should be proud of this award, which recognises the effort they put into serving the perfect pint and is an independent guarantee of quality for customers."

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The Bridge Inn, 20 Bridge St, Dulverton TA22 9HJ
Telephone: 01398 324130