“ Address: 2 Bank Parade / Lancashire / England „
Well, if you've read one of my recent restaurant reviews, you'll know where to grab a bite to eat in Burnley. So now I'm moving on to the pre or après dinner drinks and my pub of choice in Burnley has to be The Bridge Bier Huis. For those of you not conversant in Dutch, Bier Huis translates to Beer House and The Bridge has a fantastic reputation both locally and nationally for selling a wide range of real ales, lagers, ciders along with all the usual soft drinks and spirits.
The Bridge is located on Bank Parade. If you're a visitor to Burnley, you'll probably struggle to find it as it's tucked away on a quite street at the back of the local shopping centre car park. But do persevere in your search as this pub is well worth the effort. The picture above, although a little small, does give you a good indication of what you're looking for.
One thing I like about The Bridge is that as you enter, you won't have to squeeze past a couple of burly bouncers to get through the door. That isn't to say that I dislike bouncers, just that it gives you an indication as to the sort of pub you're entering. I've never seen any 'trouble' at The Bridge which can be a problem in many town centre pubs. Instead, you'll find that most of the clientele are at least 25 and they simply visit to enjoy a drink and chat with friends.
Inside, there are a number or tables to sit at as well as stools along the impressive bar. There are also a few sofas and various other nooks and crannies in which to sit with your drink and relax. The bar itself is rather impressive, particularly if you're a fan of real ale. The Bridge boasts at least 5 foreign beers on tap at any one time and a choice of over 40 bottled beers including German smoked beer, American porter, Belgian fruit lambic and Czech black lager. They also have a range of spirits and soft drinks available to ensure all tastes are catered for. Also, you'll be pleased to hear that the bar staff are very knowledgeable and always happy to advise you when selecting your drinks. They'll often recommend different lagers and ales if you can rattle off a few you've previously tried and liked.
During the day, the pub also has a selection of typical pub grub available. The prices for this are quite average, and the food is perhaps only slightly better than average but the atmosphere of the pub still makes it popular for those looking for a quick business lunch as well as those wanting a more leisurely meal. In the evenings and at weekends, the pub quickly fills up to become one of the more atmospheric and relaxed pubs in Burnley. It has also established itself as a great live music venue and is usually full to bursting point during the Burnley Blues Festival when you can expect to combine your real ale with some excellent live rhythm and blues. Obviously at times like these, you'll have to be prepared to queue at the bar but it's worth the extra time and effort.
The Bridge Bier Huis is certainly my favourite pub in Burnley to meet friends for a quiet drink and a catch up. But you don't just have to take my word for it! The Bridge regularly appears in the national Good Beer Guide and has also been given several CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) award s including East Lancashire Pub of the Year, Lancashire Branches Pub of the Year and West Pennine Regional Pub of the Year.
If you do decide to pop to The Bridge for a pint or two or three... then you can visit the website to see which real ales are now on as well as those which will soon be making an appearance. There's also an events section on the website, providing details of all the future goings on. In fact, the Bridgefest sounds as good a reason as any to pop in for a few so maybe I'll see you there!
A friendly pub with a modern atmosphere and a host to numerous beers on tap. Come relax with a pint of beer and a plate of pub fare and soak in the live entertainment.