Restaurant review: Bridges Bar & GrillBy Laura McCardle
October 24, 2012
Eating dinner at a table overlooking the River Thames would be idyllic for most people, but not for someone with a life-long fear of deep water and everything that comes with it.
I was brave though, and pulled myself together to enjoy the delicious food on offer at Bridges Bar & Grill, in Bridge Street, Caversham.
Located on the banks of the River Thames, it offers wide views of the water, which even I must admit were rather pretty in the dusky light.
Walking into Bridges Bar & Grill, my friend Jess and I found ourselves in a bright and open bar area which opens out into the restaurant.
Despite both having had busy days at work, we declined the offer to try one of the signature cocktails and opted for soft drinks, deciding to be good on a ‘school’ night.
If we had been tempted, there is an extensive cocktail menu to choose from, with the Bridges signature cocktail (dark rum, Disaronno, grenadine and pineapple) sounding particularly good.
To start, I ordered southern fried chicken strips (£3.50) while Jess went for potato skins filled with mature cheddar cheese and bacon (£4), and served with a sour cream and chive dip.
The chicken strips were very tasty and Jess said her potatoes were ‘amazing’, so we were off to a good start.
For main course, I had a veggie burger (£5.50) with a side of chunky chilli chips (£2.50). The delicious crisp bean pattie came in a toasted muffin-type bun, with salad, mayonnaise and relish.
After much deliberation, Jess ordered a ham and cheese panini (£5.50), which was served with a side salad.
Despite both feeling full after the first two courses it was impossible to resist a dessert.
I opted for apple pie (£3.50) and custard, expecting a good slice of the traditional pudding. Instead of the traditional fare, I was presented with a beautiful dish of two cupcake-sized apple pies with custard, topped off with a strawberry and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
While I was marvelling at my delicious surprise, Jess enjoyed a chocolate box (£3.50) which was served with vanilla ice cream.
We left Bridges Bar & Grill feeling incredibly full and commenting on how good the food was. Those who don’t want their night to end after dinner can go down to the venue’s lower level and party the night away in the stylish club, which is open on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bridges Bar & Grill, which is now taking bookings for Christmas parties, has everything you need for a night out – whether you fancy dinner and drinks or want to put on your dancing shoes – and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who asked.
- Telephone: 0118 948 4550
- Website: www.bridgesbarandgrill.co.uk
- Address: Bridges Bar & Grill
2 Bridge Street