The Old Bridge is a handsome, ivy-clad, 18th century townhouse hotel. It sits on the banks of the River Great Ouse, but also on the edge of the town centre.
Its atmosphere balances that of a professionally run ’boutique’ hotel and a relaxed, bustling inn; a popular destination for both the local community and visitors to the area. It has been privately owned by John and Julia Hoskins since 1994.
We will re-open the hotel and restaurant on 17th May (11am), when we can provide the ‘Old Bridge’ experience that you remember and love. It’s important that our full team and facilities are in place to look after you; whether that’s dining in the restaurant with your relatives, sipping a drink in the bar or enjoying afternoon tea on a rainy afternoon with old friends.
Although we would love to offer an outside-only service before then, The Old Bridge is predominantly an indoor venue with limited outdoor covered-space. Many of you will wish to book rather than take your chance with the weather.
With that in mind, we have reopened reservations from 17th May for the restaurant, bedrooms, meeting rooms and even (from June 21st) private parties. Please see our Covid-19 policies here.
However, the wine shop is open every day for orders, collections and for walk-in browsing and sales (10am-6pm daily). Please see the shop website here.
YOU CAN ALSO BUY VOUCHERS – see the link above.
24 individually designed rooms
All with VERY comfortable beds, wool mattress toppers, wool or silk (hypo-allergenic) duvets, goose down pillows, air-conditioning, private bathroom with bath and shower; either a Bang and Olufsen or Panasonic television with DVD player; Ruark radio / music centres; Noble Isle toiletries and free wi-fi everywhere.
Please note our best rates are ALWAYS those booked direct, not through booking agencies. Until the end of November 2020 we are offering both b&b and special dinner inclusive rates.
Both of these single rooms are small but very comfortable. Both have marble bathrooms and are on the first floor.
All our Large Single Rooms have 4’6” (small double) beds. Possible for 2 guests on a one night stay, if you don't mind a small bed, but not suitable for longer.
Each small double room has a 5’ x 6’6” bed, and all are on the first floor, apart from Room 20, which is on the second floor.
Our double rooms are all of a good size. Four have a separate shower, two have an extra sofabed in the room (31,33) and two can be used as twins if needed (30,32).
More than a restaurant
Our light, airy, smart-but-relaxed restaurant serves beautiful, simple, flavoursome dishes at lunch and dinner every day, as well as excellent ‘full afternoon tea’.
But we are very much a traditional ‘inn’ and the lounge, bar and patio are bustling all day. Join us for treats such as home-made scones with extra thick jersey cream; a sourdough sandwich and a perfect pint of Adnams Bitter; the best espresso (from Monmouth Coffee) in the county; a jug of Mojito and some Provencal olives on the patio; or a help-yourself tasting on the ‘Enomatic’ machines in our nationally renowned wine shop.
Old Bridge Wine Shop
Unusual, for sure, but a wine shop within a hotel is a logical add-on when the owner, John Hoskins, is a ‘Master of Wine’ and the restaurant wine list has been declared the UK’s best in every major competition. We offer a huge selection of bottles, at prices competitive with other retailers, and next day delivery is available.
To browse through our selection of wine go to the Wine Shop Website.
Wine Tasting is our speciality. We have 24 wines open to taste every day on our ‘Enomatic’ machines. They preserve the open bottles under inert gas. You can do a help-yourself tasting of a range of fine wines, from as little as £12. It works equally well for enthusiasts and novices alike. Click here for this month’s selection. We also have options for private wine tastings.
And finally see our Events page for forthcoming tutored tastings in the hotel.