The Bridge Inn

“Former coaching inn popular with ramblers and discerning diners”



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Close to one of Yorkshire’s finest old churches, known as the Cathedral of the Dales, this 13th-century riverside pub is located in Grinton, which has stood here for almost 1,000 years. Two of the Yorkshire Dales’ wildest and prettiest dales meet in Grinton; Arkengarthdale and Swaledale collide in a symphony of fells, moors, waterfalls and cataracts. Lanes and tracks slope down from the heights, bringing ramblers and riders to appreciate the good range of northern beers that landlord Andrew Atkin matches with his fine foods; Jennings Brewery’s Cocker Hoop being a case in point. Locals enjoy the bustling games room and beamed old bar serving baguettes and toasted ciabattas, while a more tranquil restaurant area caters for those after a more intimate meal experience. The kitchen here is inspired by carefully chosen seasonal local game, meats, fish and other produce, including herbs plucked from the garden. Expect traditional and familiar dishes with a modern twist, typically roast pheasant on a mushroom and onion tartlet, further enhanced by daily-changing specials.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Bridge Inn


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.

The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.

York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.


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