SOMETIMES you want the comfort of a good home cooked meal without the hassle and the washing up that comes with it.
The Bridge Inn at Ford, Ridgeway, nestled right on the edge of Derbyshire on the border with Sheffield offers just that.
The pub closed last year and refreshingly, in an age where good pubs are being shut down and turned into housing, The Bridge Inn reopened not long afterwards with new owners Steve and Gill.
It was early evening one Monday when we called and there were a handful of drinkers and a handful of diners.
Other half (OH) and I chose our table in the corner of a cosy room ourselves and noted the fresh flowers on the table - a simple but effective touch.
The menu is very much traditional pub food but at good prices.
We opted for mushrooms with bacon, cheese and tomato (£3.95) for starters to share.
Not long after placing our order our friendly waitress arrived with the dish comprising three very large freshly tasting mushrooms with just the right amount of cheese not to take away the taste of tomato and bacon.
Despite a decent specials list we opted to eat off of the main menu.
My choice was grilled salmon on parsley potatoes with garlic butter. There were a couple of bones but it was cooked perfectly. light and falling off the fork.
A separate dish of vegetables made it a bargain at £6.95.
OH really surpassed himself with the Mega Mix Grill. And it was mega, steak, pork steak, gammon, lamb chop, a Cumberland sausage accompanied with a pile of the most delicious homemade tasty chips, onion rings and peas plus an egg to top it all off.
There was enough for two, but OH never one to shrug a challenge cleared the lot to the surprise of the waitress.
At 11.99 it’s the most expensive main on the menu but I still can’t work out quite how they can do it that cheap for what is on the plate.
Unsurprisingly I was pretty much on my own for dessert and opted for the chocolate cheescake which had a delicious thick chocolate topping and came with a scoop of ice-cream.
With a glass of wine and a soft drink our bill came to £31.70. A hearty homemade meal, worth the price of not washing up if you ask me!
Rating: Four stars
tel. (01246) 434699