The Bridge Inn at Ratho

Flanked by the 18th-century stone bridge after which it’s named, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘characterful’ restaurant-with-rooms on the water has much to like. More

Contact details

27 Baird Road
EH28 8RA
0131 333 1320

Hotel information




all year except 24/25 Dec.


2 bars, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, terrace (beer garden, boat shed), bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

‘relaxed’ all day, monthly live music nights.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in main bar only.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £100–£170. A la carte £35.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Flanked by the 18th-century stone bridge after which it’s named, Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘characterful’ restaurant-with-rooms on the water has much to like. A ‘cheerful team’ imbues ‘an easy, informal air’, especially in the ‘lively’ pub (it’s popular with locals, but Guide readers ‘didn’t notice any noise’). Between the crackling fires and wide range of Scottish ales and whiskies, the ‘smart’ public rooms have everything needed to keep the cockles cosy. In the ‘light-filled’ restaurant, freshly picked produce from the walled garden, just up the canal, transforms in chef Ben Watson’s ‘delicious’ dishes, perhaps winter green risotto, blue cheese, pine nut crumble; or roast pinwheel sausage made with the owners’ rare breed pigs. At night, the murmur of the canal below filters into each of the tastefully neutral bedrooms. Come morning, there is haggis and tattie scones, the Canadian breakfast, and (collected across the canal) the freshest duck eggs cooked ‘to your liking’, all part of the ‘enormous, very good’ breakfast. To burn it off, make the seven-mile yomp along the historic Union Canal’s ‘pretty’ towpath into Edinburgh. More reports, please.

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The Bridge Inn at Ratho
27 Baird Road
EH28 8RA

Guest comments

'This is a canal-side pub, entered from a large car park through a shelter for smokers. A most genial welcome. ('you guys' rather over-worked). Our first-floor room. was a warm, clean, snug space. A reasonable supper in a crowded restaurant but perhaps over-generous in portion size. The quality of its restaurant and service are a definite plus, as is it's location, convenientl for Edinburgh airport. ' - RG - December, 2018
'The easy parking and cheerful welcome at this pub-with-rooks made us feel very comfortable. We dined in the light, bright dining room, and the food and service did not disappoint. Our bedroom had a pleasing colour scheme but was too small for two bedside tables. For my wife, who has a good nose, the kitchen smells were obvious. The bathroom had no ventilation, no mirror lights, and a window that could not be opened without falling shuts again. ' - Jock and Jane Macdonald - December, 2018

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide