Review: The Bridge Inn, Calver, Derbyshire

The Bridge Inn at Calver is situated in the heart of the Peak District. It was beautifully renovated and relaunched in 2016, creating a modern and funky ambience while retaining its authentic appeal. There is a large outside seating area with tables, bean bags, riverside views and kids’ play areas, which adds to the wonderful atmosphere. This is a great pub in the Peaks and best of all, the menu is inspired and the food is fabulous!

Family owned by partners David and Samantha, who also run the Devonshire Arms in Baslow, combined they have over 50 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. The ethos at The Bridge is inspired by tapas-style dining, in the sense that it’s all about social eating and drinking.

The former coaching inn has been refurbished to a high standard. The décor is stylish and modern, with olive greens, brick walls, woods, leather, and industrial-style furnishings. On entering the pub, there’s a drinkers bar to the left and tiered dining areas to the right. The former stable units are now dining booths on the middle level, and on the lower level you’ll find the open kitchen offering a view of the chefs.

We visited on a busy Sunday afternoon in the glorious sunshine, chose our table outside and then ordered at the bar. We went for the ‘Humble Cauliflower’ – a visual delight and taste sensation served with cumin yoghurt, chipotle mayonnaise, pomegranate and almonds. We also tried the belly pork and the Coronation Confit Chicken, which were equally delicious. As well as the tapas options, the pub also serves snacks, sandwiches and desserts.

The staff were friendly, chatty and efficient, the drinks choice was good and the food was served quickly. All in all, a very enjoyable experience and a venue we will visit every time we’re in the area.

Stephanie Walsh
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Derbyshire correspondent Stephanie Walsh lives in the Peak District.