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A great source of comfort in the middle of nowhere!
Myself and 2 friends recently completed a weekend of cycling around the Lake District. We set off from Lancaster and rode across the notorious Hardknott and Wrynose Passes, which we'd been aiming to ride for some time. We needed a hotel that wasn't far from the end of the Hardknott Pass, and the Bridge Inn seemed ideal. The hotel also had a triple en-suite room available, so it was literally ideal!
I rang up to confirm some details before booking. For example, I asked if we could store our bikes somewhere on site and asked about the sleeping arrangements for the room. The staff were very helpful and knowledgable and couldn't do enough to accommodate any requests I had, so I booked and had high hopes for our visit.
At the end of our first day of riding, we arrived early at the hotel and were instantly impressed with the facilities. We got out of our wet cycling gear, enjoyed the fantastic power shower and got changed into the shorts and T-shirts we'd carried for the whole ride and rested before dinner. Being November, we'd dreaded the thought of being cold in such minimal clothes, but the whole hotel was lovely and warm, despite the dark and dreary weather outside.
We made the most of the room's complimentary chocolates, biscuits and great selection of hot drinks while catching up on TV and using the hotel's free, instant access (and very quick) Wi-Fi. We headed down for dinner and had a quick walk around the hotel's different rooms. We chose to eat in the Dalesman Bar, it was busy with locals who clearly thought the Bridge Inn had it's own merit as a restaurant. The atmosphere was great, the bar was very well stocked (with Kopparberg!) and there were lots of very well-behaved dogs around! I had the soup, which was Minestrone, my mate had breaded Brie wedges from the extensive specials board and my other mate chose to wait for mains. For mains, I had fish and chips, my mate had a cheeseburger for the specials board and my other mate had lamb jennings. All the food was great, we all really enjoyed it. I've read other reviews saying the portions were huge, but they were about right for me, but I suppose we'd had a long day working up an appetite! In any case, we didn't have any dessert, although we spotted some on another table and they looked amazing! We all ended up paying about £15 for two courses, which we thought was pretty reasonable. Drinks were pretty well priced too, definitely not what I'd call expensive. We took a chocolate bar each to our rooms in case we got peckish, and fell to sleep incredibly quickly- the beds have really thick mattresses!
We got up in the morning early and we down for breakfast at 8am, which is when it starts getting served. We were served hot drinks, although I don't drink tea and coffee so waited for the orange juice, which arrived with the cereal shortly after. Because of a mix up with keys, we ended up eating in the Eskdale room, but the Breakfast room was opened as we were eating, so every other guest ate in there. There were no menus for the breakfasts, so we just ordered whatever came and left what we didn't want. The cooked breakfast was tasty, but not exactly large. I was thankful I'd had a bowl of cereal beforehand! There was one sausage, one fried egg, one cooked tomato, two rashers of bacon, a slice of black pudding, a half piece of fried bread, with mushrooms and baked beans. While we were eating, the staff took the cereals, milk and orange juice away. We thought they'd just moved it so we couldn't have any more, they didn't tell us. It turns out they'd moved it to the Breakfast room for the other guests, but this meant I had only one small glass of orange juice with my breakfast (so I was dehydrated on my ride back!) and my mate had to ask for milk again for his coffee. I assume all this isn't normal, we didn't even have spoons for our cereal. I think everything would have been much better if there hadn't been a key mix up and we'd have eaten in the Breakfast room. But I could have definitely had another couple of bowls of cereal or a couple of extra rounds of toast!
Anyway, we made our way back to our rooms for another quick shower before we got ready. Our cycling gear was all dry thanks to the room's 2 radiators. We checked out, signed the guest book and paid. We also had a chat with one of the managers, who was a thoroughly nice chap and wished us luck on our journey back to Lancaster. Overall, a great stay and we'd definitely go back!
Who stayed in November 2014