The Old Bridge

‘Wine buffs will have a blast’ at John Hoskins’s ivy-clad 18th-century town house hotel on the banks of the River Ouse; more than 30 wines can be ordered by the glass on the extensive wine list. The ‘friendly’ owner, who runs a wine shop on the premises, has an ‘exceptional knowledge of wine’ and ‘keeps a watchful eye on the dynamic young staff’, say visitors in 2015. As popular with locals as visitors, the ‘casual, cosy’ lounge and bar areas have log fires, historic features. ‘Our bedroom (plush without a whiff of pretension) had a tasteful mix of traditional and bold contemporary furnishings; a large closet; wonderfully spacious bathroom with luxurious towels, products.’ Many of the rooms overlook the river or garden. Those facing the road are triple glazed. In the ‘atmospheric’ Terrace restaurant, chef Jack Woolner cooks ‘simple but well-executed British dishes’, perhaps cauliflower and Cheddar soup with chives; boned and rolled ham hock, honey and mustard, crisp potato. Breakfast is ‘equally impressive’: home-made compotes, fresh fruit, and a ‘good selection of cooked dishes’. (Bill and Anna Brewer)
  • A wonderful weekend’s stay. The hotel is very much at the top of its game. We liked the liveliness comfort, informality. The young staff were welcoming, and there were plenty around, so you were never left wanting something. The bar and lounge area were buzzing with guests (mostly non-residents); the hotel is clearly popularity with local residents and passers-by. The owner, John Hoskins, is impressive; we were struck by his friendliness. Our bedroom was ideal – plush without pretension; a tasteful mixture of traditional and bold contemporary furnishings. It was impeccably clean, beautifully maintained, quiet and comfortable, enjoying a pleasant view over the river. We were impressed by our dinner in the hotel’s beautiful Terrace restaurant, atmospheric and intimate, despite its size and popularity with diners. We enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner; the cooking is simple yet well executed; we admired the lack of pretension on the menu. Breakfast served in a room that felt like a drawing room was also impressive. We never had to ask for anything twice.

    Anna and Bill Brewer, 11/03/2015

  • Excellent room, good bathroom, superb food, friendly helpful staff. We really enjoyed our stay here.

    Richard Lamb, 27/11/2012

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Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts the following discount vouchers:

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Contact Details

The Old Bridge

1 High Street HUNTINGDON Cambridgeshire England PE29 3TQ

Telephone

01480 424300

Further Information

Bedrooms

24. 2 on ground floor.

Open

all year.

Facilities

ramps, lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, wine shop, business centre, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, 1-acre grounds (terrace, garden), river (fishing, jetty, boat trips), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, lounge and bar, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2015] per room B&B £89--£230, D,B&B £180--£260. Set menus £19--£24 (not Sat eve), à la carte £35.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates