“ Address: 33-35 Dig Street / Ashbourne DE6 1GF / Derbyshire „
The Bridge, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
This restaurant has undergone many name changes and re inventions over the years I have lived around Ashbourne. I really can't remember what it was when I was at school way back but at one time it was trendy bar, and then it became less so, it then became a really nice cafe and light meal place and now the front is a really relaxing bar and at the back a rather smart restaurant.
We rarely head into Ashbourne to eat as there are so many lovely restaurants in Derby with a more ethnic variety of food which we love. This restaurant is usually quite expensive as the food is locally sourced and excellent quality and as always you pay extra for that.
My son who is now living in Canada wanted to treat us to a meal out to say thank you for the holiday in Las Vegas and he spotted that Groupon were doing a deal at 'The Bridge'. They were offering a three course meal for two for £21.90 which was incredibly good value. He still has his UK bank account ( to pay off his student loan!!) and so was able to pay for it from Canada and send us the link to the voucher which was perfect.
Like all Groupon deals you have to phone the actual place where the deal is offered to book and then tell them at the time that you are using a Groupon voucher. Often you have to give them the voucher numbers and codes at this time too. You usually still have to take the Groupon printed voucher with you when you go as well.
We booked for one evening and went along as planned. We were welcomed and asked if we wanted to go straight to the table or to have a drink in the bar in front first. We opted to go straight to the table as we could enjoy a drink there just as easily.
As I mentioned the offer was for three courses so I had prepared my tum for a big meal and was quite hungry. They gave us the menu each and nothing had any extra cost at all which made a pleasant change as often on these deals your choice is severely restricted by surcharges. The prices are usually about £5 to £7 per starter and the mains went from £10ish up to £17 for a fillet steak. The deserts ranged were all about £ 5 ish so you can see what an amazing bargain the Groupon deal was.
We were brought our drinks very quickly and asked if we were ready to order and we hadn't really decided so the lovely waitress said she would give us more time and come back in a few minutes. Meanwhile she brought a small basket of fresh warm bread with an olive oil and herb dipping oil which was very tasty and we were a bit silly and ate this despite the fact we knew we had three courses to follow.
I chose a smoked salmon roulade which was so delicious and beautifully presented and my husband had a pate which he enjoyed and was equally well presented. We both chose the steak as we very rarely have any beef at home and steak is a big treat for us. It was delicious, melt in your mouth with a choice of sauces and they were not at extra cost either. I opted for a baked potato and hubby had chips. The vegetables were fresh, bright colours and just cooked perfectly, crisp but not raw just the way I like them so that you can taste the vegetable's own flavour. I hate overcooked soggy tasteless vegetables so I was very happy. We has a small bowl with broccoli, tiny carrots, cauliflower and some beans which were just steamed and nicely balanced the rich steak and sauce and I have to admit I didn't eat too much of the potato as I knew I had pudding to follow.
We both were very boring when it came to dessert as we chose crème brule which we always do if it is on the menu. I just love the creamy richness and vanilla flavour which is subtle and not too filling. Other options included Sticky toffee pudding, Bakewell tart and various chocolate and fruit tarts as well as a cheese option.
The waitress who served us was lovely friendly and smiling without being in our face. She brought our drinks and took our order efficiently and I have absolutely no complaints at all. She came to check that everything was okay but otherwise was there when we needed her but not hanging around being obvious.
The restaurant is modern European and the decor reflects that. The floors are wooden, the chairs black leather look while the tables are laid with crisp white linen and shiny modern cutlery. The crockery is all white and different shapes and sizes according to what you order.
These are downstairs and okay , nothing special butclean. I have to confess I didn't notice any disabled ones but I didn't ask either. Disabled access to the restaurant could be tricky too as it is over a bridge and has stairs leading into the restaurant and then again between the bar and the back part so not terribly easy but I am sure assistance would be provided in needed as they were very friendly and helpful.
I notice when I went on to Tripadvisor that there were very mixed reviews. Some very harsh and others had a good meal. I can only say that on the night we went we had a really good quality meal and excellent service. I know other friends who live in Ashbourne who regularly go there and have never had a complaint so I am not sure what happened to those negative reviewers when they went.
We had a very good quality meal at an excellent price and even though we went on a Groupon deal we were treated to first class service so I have absolutely no complaints and would happily return.
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