“ Address: Ashopton Road / Bamford / Hope Valley / Derbyshire / S33 0AZ / Tel: 01433 651361 „
As my partner is a keen photographer, we often travel around the North of England to places of beauty. The Peak District is one of these. We discovered a picturesque area called Ladybower Reservoir, which is located in Hope Valley. So after a long walk, we headed back to where we had parked which was outside a pub called The Yorkshire Bridge Inn and decided to head in to warm up....
What is The Yorkshire Bridge Inn, and where can I find it?
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn is a AA 4 star Inn and Country Hotel, the building dates back from 1826. It is located in Bamford, on the shores of Ladybower Reservoir, a town which boasts the UK's oldest National Park.
It has been run by the Illingworth family for 11 years and has won plenty of awards, such as the 4 star rating from the AA, the Gold Award 2009 from Enjoy England Excellence awards and also a 4 star rating from Enjoy England. The pub is famous for its welcoming hospitality, and for its stunning location, and is usually the place of choice for walkers and hikers in the area.
The Inn is close to other places of interest such as Castleton and all of its underground caves, Bakewell, Chatsworth House and Dovedale.
Access and Transport Links
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn has a bus stop located just outside its doors, and a train station is 2 miles away. There are no direct taxis from the station, however the Inn will be able to arrange a taxi for you if you give them notice.
The Inn has two car parks, front and rear. The front car park has a tarmac surface and is well lit. There are no steps into the front door, and leads directly into a porch, then into the Inn. Once inside there are handrails and a tiled floor. The front car park I would recommend for anyone needing wheelchair or pushchair access into the Inn.
The rear car park also has a tarmac surface and two disabled parking spots. To enter the Inn you do need to walk up a flight of stone steps, and then up a slope. For disabled access, there is an uphill ramp. Once inside there is a wide corridor, then another door leading into the bar/reception area.
Finally there is roadside parking, there are a limited number of spots here and are usually taken up by the hikers and cyclists.
Layout of the Inn
From both entrances, you lead into the bar area. This area is tiled and well-lit. Off this area is a corridor which houses the toilets.
A range of different eating areas are available. The predominant area is the bar area which has around 6 tables and a fireplace. This is my favourite area to sit as its very snug and quaint. The brickwork is exposed and its well-lit. There is a newly built conservatory, which is tiled, very bright and has ceiling fans so it doesn't overheat. I don't usually like sitting in here as I find the tables are packed in quite close together, and with a baby making noise I often feel like people are watching me! (Maybe this is just my paranoia!)
All other areas are carpeted and are on one level, very suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
The Yorkshire Bridge Inn have menus printed in large print, Male and Female toilets, and a disabled toilets which also incorporate baby changing facilities. All of these areas are clean and well kept. They also have a basket of deodorants, sanitary towels etc in the toilets which I think is a nice touch.
There is a public telephone in the reception/bar area and quiet background music is played. If you are stopping over, staff help you with your luggage.
Highchairs are available, and staff quite happily bring one to you.
The staff have always been very friendly. As its usually busy, there are a lot of staff members working. They are easily recognised as they wear a uniform, and are very helpful when we have asked them a question.
They bring the food out within around 20 minutes (this has been every time i've been - regardless of how busy the Inn is) which I feel is a good time.
Parts of the property have been converted to offer guest accommodation. I've never stopped overnight so cannot comment on the rooms etc. There are 14 rooms at varying rates as they offer different types of rooms such as apartments, en-suite etc.
Food and Drink
The Inn offers a full menu, bar snacks and meals. The menu offers soups, starters, sandwiches and hot meals (grills, specials and jacket potatoes). Below is an example of part of the menu:
- Homemade Steak and Kidney Pie
served with Chips or New Potatoes & Vegetables - £8.95
- Roast Chicken Breast
served with Sausage, Stuffing, Yorkshire Pudding, Chips or New Potatoes & Vegetables - £8.95
- Catch of the Day
served with Chips or New Potatoes & Vegetables - from £9.25
- Italian Chicken Al Forno
oven baked, chicken supreme topped with Pancetta, onions, basil, tomatoes & Parmesan served with chips or new potatoes and vegetables - £9.25
Sandwiches are priced reasonably at between £4-£6. Prices can seem quite expensive to most (they did to me at first) - however when you see the quality and portion size you will not be disappointed. I recently had the Lasagne which cost £8.95, it came with a huge garnish including home made coleslaw and a huge slab of Garlic Bread. The Lasagne itself was huge and very more-ish, the taste was lovely and would recommend! I've also had a sandwich with a side order of chips to share, again, a big sandwich with a huge garnish with coleslaw. You really do get what you pay for. The food is always hot and fresh.
There are vegetarian options and children's menu, and a full range of home-made desserts. I find the deserts quite overpriced, however as the meal has filled me up I do not need a dessert!
Drinks are priced as they would be at any eatery/pub. They have a wine menu and a wide choice of ales and soft drinks.
The Inn is open for eating at certain times:
Weekdays & Saturday from 12-2
Sunday - all day from 12-8.30
Weekdays from 6-9
Friday & Saturday from 6-9.30
Sunday - all day 12-8.30
I would recommend booking on Sundays and for large parties as the Inn can get very busy.
Would I recommend?
Yes! I enjoy this pub and has been the best we have visited in the Hope Valley, we have even been when not visiting the reservoir as we really enjoy it. As mentioned, as first glance at the menu it can appear quite expensive, but I really do feel you get what you pay for. The atmosphere is nice, friendly staff, and the reassurance of the awards makes the Yorkshire Bridge Inn a really nice option for a drink or a meal. I would love the opportunity to stop over, however as we only live 40 minutes away this isn't really an option!
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