Booking Policies & Safety Measures – from May 17th 2021

We are delighted to re-open in May 2021. We aim to provide the same Old Bridge welcome and hospitality that you have come to expect in the past.

Obviously, things are still a little different, so here are some guidelines to give you a clear idea of what to expect. These guidelines will be updated as regulations change, and we adapt to them.



Restaurant tables can be booked 12-3pm and 6-9pm daily. We also take a few Full Afternoon Tea bookings at 3.30/4pm.

We will ask for an email address, to which we will send confirmation – if you haven’t received it be sure to contact us.

We will also ask for credit card details, but we would only use them if you cancel or change numbers within 48 hours of the booking (when you would be charged £25 per person).

You are welcome to arrive early for a drink before your meal. Although we cannot guarantee a table in our lounge and bar area, we will do all we can to accommodate you in other available areas (which may be outside) and move you to your table as soon as we can.  However, please do arrive on time; if you are more than 15 minutes late, we may have to give the table away, should people be waiting for tables.

We allow 2 hours per table you can of course stay longer if we have no further bookings.

Until 21st June the “rule of six” (or 2 households) per table applies. Please note that bookings of more than 10 (even if from just 2 households) will be split onto 2 or more tables; and will be offered our “4×4” menu, which is simply a slightly shorter version of our normal A La Carte menu – 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 sweets/cheese. We can show you the choices at least 4 days in advance.

And finally, for all restaurant bookings, we have a minimum spend of £18 per person.


We are also, (for May 17th to June 21st), taking bookings for 3 tables on the patio, at 12noon and 6pm. We have 1 x 6, 1 x 4 and 1 x 2 (all next to the restaurant) that can be reserved.

These tables can only be booked by phone. Other conditions for restaurant bookings, as above, apply.

We can’t guarantee the weather and we only have a couple of small heaters, so please come dressed for the weather!

We will decide by June 10th whether we will continue to reserve theses tables after June 21st (when restrictions are supposed to be lifted).



We are open for walk-ins as usual, from 9am to 9pm daily. You are always welcome to have only teas, coffees, drinks etc. Our Lounge and Bar Menu is served from 12 noon to 9pm.

Everyone will be met on arrival, asked to give contact details, and taken to a table.

We have lots of tables available and very rarely have to turn anyone away thus far; we will endeavour to find you space somewhere.

We may ask you to vacate your table once you have finished your drinks or meal, should people be waiting to sit down.

Groups of any size (up to 30) can meet outside, but we cannot allow any standing in the hotel or on the patios; it is TABLE SERVICE only until (at least) June 21st.


All menus are updated on our website as they change.

For restaurant and reserved patio tables, there is be a minimum food spend of £18 per person.

Sunday lunch in the restaurant is a fixed-price menu at £29.50 for 2 courses, £36 for 3. (6 choices at each course).

Sunday evening has the option of a steak night menu at £29 for 3 courses, £24 for 2. A choice of 3 or more steaks included. There are also a few A La Carte options available as well.



Our bedrooms are open for bookings as usual, by telephone or on the website.

We offer a ‘Dinner, Bed and Breakfast’ rate (as well as ‘Bed and Breakfast’) every night. And booking a ‘DBB’ is one way to ensure you will get a table in the restaurant!

Government guidelines state that guests should wear face masks when standing indoors and we do insist this is adhered to until the rules change. We will request proof from anyone who states they are exempt.

Our meeting rooms are available to book, subject only to the government guidelines in place at the time.

We also, of course, have a stringent cleaning regime in place, and we aim to enforce social distancing guidelines. However, we would only encourage you to come and stay if you feel confident in doing so – there is no such thing as a completely risk-free hotel.



We are taking bookings as usual. We (and you) will simply have to follow the government guidelines that are in place when the event takes place.


Old Bridge Hotel Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Last updated 26th April 2021.

Our aim is to offer a safe but also enjoyable experience at The Old Bridge Hotel. This is a living document that has been (and will be) continuously edited and updated as understanding of the virus and government guidance changes.


SARS-CoV-2 is a respiratory virus that can invade a host via the respiratory route or via hand to eye / mouth / nose contact, causing the disease COVID-19.
People who appear healthy may be carrying and shedding the virus, which can be passed on either directly or indirectly to others. This means we need to assume that anyone could be carrying the virus.


Virus likely to be transmitted by:

  • Direct contact to face – eyes, nose from droplets or aerosols spraying from an infected person onto another person who is in close contact.
  • Contamination via droplets from sneezing and coughing landing on surfaces and then transferring via hands on to eyes and nose and mouth. Other means of secretions getting on to surfaces could be from infected people touching their eyes, nose and mouth and then touching surfaces with contaminated hands.
  • Contaminated hands of infected people can transfer the virus directly to others (e.g. handshakes) or on to hand contact surfaces which can be picked up by other people’s hands and transferred to their eyes, nose or mouth


The main controls are:

  • Social distancing in accordance with government guidelines
  • Disinfection and Hygiene
  • Following government guidelines

Social Distancing

All staff have been trained on social distancing at work from colleagues and guests using the government guidelines of 1 meter plus, with mitigation.

We have applied the following mitigations:

  • All guests will be met before entering the building and will be seated by the team to ensure a managed control of guests. There will be no physical greeting (e.g. handshaking).
  • If a queue forms, guests will be directed to areas where they can be at least 1m apart from other waiting guests.
  • Details will be taken for all guests for track-and-trace purposes.
  • Guests will be sat at tables at least a meter apart; unless ‘back to back’ seat positions mean that they can be closer.
  • Guests will be asked to stay sitting except when using the toilets.
  • Staff will be given an unambiguous message to staff to stay home when symptomatic, or if a member of their household is symptomatic, and to get tested to allow contact tracing of positive cases.
  • Face masks will be worn by guests, staff and other visitors when standing indoors.We will request proof from anyone who states they are exempt.

Disinfection and Hygiene

There will be hand sanitiser stations for guests throughout the hotel. Guests will be asked to sanitise their hands on arriving.

All staff have been trained on hand washing and hand sanitising technique and cough/sneezing etiquette; not touching face.

There will be sanitisers in key areas for the staff (entrance; reception, bar, kitchen, staff toilets). All staff will always sanitise hands before and after key actions:

  • arrival at work.
    • preparation (of public areas; cleaning of bedrooms).
    • mis-en-place involving food or drinks.
    • service – food and drinks / clearing tables / handling luggage

We have applied the following extra mitigations:

  • regular cleaning of all touch contact points and objects, particularly credit card machines, tills and doorways (at exit/entrance and to the toilets).
  • all menus can be viewed online via a QR code if preferred.
  • tablecloths will be changed after each use.
  • tables will be cleaned down after each use.
  • regular cleaning of toilets.
  • We will ‘fog’ public areas and bedrooms as necessary.

Government Guidelines

  • All guests will be expected to adhere to current government guidelines on gatherings. From May 17th to June 21st, indoor gatherings (except for weddings) are limited to parties of 6 or any two households (or support bubbles), while outdoor gatherings are allowed for groups of up to 30. Guests must be seated at all times (including outside) except when arriving, leaving or using the toilets. Guests must wear face masks when standing.Current guidelines are summarised here.
  • All guests will be asked for their details for NHS Track and Trace purposes.
  • All staff have received a return to work induction including all new Covid-secure work procedures.


There will be a senior manager on duty 24/7, trained to monitor and oversee that the standards above are being adhered to.


We ask that everyone treats each other with maximum respect – there are always people who are more anxious than you (or us) and we should give everyone the ‘space’ they would like.

We will review this document at the end of every month until the Covid-19 crisis is deemed not to be a threat to our customers or staff.