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5.4 /6 Excellent 81 Reviews

The Bridge and Bayleaf

Gunthorpe Indian £££ +100
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About The Bridge and Bayleaf

The village of Gunthorpe is uniquely positioned on the River Trent, at the site of the only bridge over the water between Nottingham and Newark. Long a settlement built around this singular river crossing, there’s a clutch of pubs and restaurants to be found at this country waypoint. One of these is The Bridge And Bayleaf, a stylish restaurant specialising in northern Indian cuisine and indeed set into the the beautifully restored former premises of the bridge toll house cottage. Located along Trentside, the restaurant boasts beautiful views out over the river and, with a focus on healthy eating, this is one restaurant that’s sure to blow the cobwebs away.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 18:00 - 22:00
The Bridge and Bayleaf, Trentside, Gunthorpe Bridge, NG14 7FB Nottingham

Further Information

The Nottinghamshire village of Gunthorpe is one of those rural gems that have developed a not-insignificant number of quality gastronomic venues. The Bridge And Bayleaf stands proud among this small community with its refined northern Indian cuisine attracting intrepid foodies from Nottingham and beyond, not to mention happily snaring a few travellers passing over the Trent River bridge. It’s setting is the late-19th-century tollhouse cottage down Trentside, a sterling place to indulge in Indian food that is far from run-of-the-mill – the kitchen is dedicated to using less fat and oil, imparting flavour only by the judicious use of herbs and spices, the finest quality ingredients, and practised culinary skill.

Gunthorpe’s The Bridge And Bayleaf specialises in healthy northern Indian and Punjabi food, and likes to encourage guests to dine the Indian way – with a large group of friends and family sharing a selection of dishes among themselves. That’s why our recommendation is to try out the chef’s set menu for two or for four, choosing between a refreshingly egalitarian vegetarian or non-vegetarian selection. Vegetable samosa, onion bhaji, puri, chaat, and veggie tikki or seekh kebabs to start, balti, karahi, bhuna, Punjabi and Kashmiri vegetables, chilli paneer and more are set to stun. But perhaps not quite as much as the very stunning and fiery hot (and simply titled) The Bridge And Bayleaf , a curry cooked with fresh Scotch Bonnet chillies that is not for the faint hearted and will have Nottingham’s so-called curry connoisseurs close to leaping in the Trent if they’re – how else can we say it? – well-seasoned Indian diners.


81 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 81 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
09.08.2017 10:07

Best Indian Restaurant in Nottingham! Already booked to go back again. The service is fantastic and the portion sizes are great! Lovely setting down by the river too.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2017 13:19

Excellent food and service, we are never disappointed at this restaurant. It is not cheap but well worth the money for a special occasion with friends and family.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 11:00

Beautiful, amazing, delicious!! The best Indian I have been to. Staff were so friendly and attentive and food was to die for. Will definitely be booking again.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 09:05

Excellent food. Helpful and very attentive staff. Will definitely be coming again. Very attractive setting. Always recommend this place to all my friends, family and colleagues.

1 review so far 4
06.04.2016 21:33

Our first visit to The Bridge and Bayleaf. Its a very pleasantly decorated restaurant, with a nice pre-meal 'comfy sofa' area, to have a drink before-hand. The main eating area has partially zoned areas to make things a bit more private. The service we received was just a little lacking. We ordered the set meal for 4 and when the waiters bought the different dishes out, they didn't seem to know what we had ordered i.e the set meal. After about a further 5 mins of waiting, we then had to remind staff that we hadn't received any rice yet. The rice was delivered to the table after only another two or three mins, but the main dishes were cooling by this time. Having said that, the food was very good, with just the right amount of spice for our pallets. The staff were very polite and attentive and if it hadn't been for the earlier 'oversights' the meal would have just about been value for money. In view of those basic errors though, we thought that the overall experience fell a little short for the price we had all paid

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 23:54

The Bridge and Bayleaf is in a delightful location by the river. The food was excellent and well presented and the service was efficient and friendly. A great discovery i will definitely be returning again in the near future.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 07:49

The food is outstanding, one of the best Indian restaurants within the Midlands. The service is polite and warm without being over the top and the setting by the river is lovely. Whether you visit during winter, when it feels snug or in the summer when the alfresco area is thriving, the restaurant offers something to everyone. Highly recommended. I've eaten here many times over many years and I'm yet to have a bad experience.

1 review so far 6
13.01.2016 10:32

Lovely ambiance, we had a drink while waiting for friends and were then offered a choice of table. The service was really excellent without being intrusive, the menu choice was extensive, the flavors and quality of food were wonderful and portions very generous. My husband forgot his glasses, so they provided a pair of ready readers for him to use! Excellent evening.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 17:03

The whole of our visit to the Bridge and Bayleaf was enjoyable. We found the staff very welcoming and attentive and they took time to explain the options for our food choices. Our meals were all extremely tasty and plentiful and we felt that the prices were reasonable too. We look forward to our next visit.

1 review so far 4
13.03.2017 10:31

On arrival at the Restaurant we were met by a lady who I must say could have been friendlier on her meet & greet attitude. However once seated at the table the staff were very efficient. There was a large party arrived & they were very noisy which did spoil the ambiance of the evening as conversation was difficult. I appreciate this is not a fault of the restaurant as business is business !! The meal though was really nice & service good.

2 reviews so far 6
24.08.2016 11:13

Always great food and ambience to be able to have a natter. We decided to try the garlic and coriander naan instead of our usual and delicious peshwari naan and there were no regrets - aromatic, light and tasty. Whether for a meal or takeout it is well worth the one hour round trip

1 review so far 4
17.02.2016 09:42

Good service, Menu a little expensive for what you got, charged for a extra chippatie and the pickles when what was recieved on the set menu was short. Curry very sweet and could not eat the sauce. My partners curry had a request of no sugar and was great. Think a reduction in sugar would have made the meal much better. Have eaten in many Asian restaurants up and down the country and this restaurants rates on 13/02/2016 as ok.

1 review so far 5
18.07.2016 21:00

Nice atmosphere, nice setting, nice food! One of the best indian meals I have had for a while, would definitely recommend. Staff friendly and welcoming. Slight hitch with a fly in my friends rice, but they are by the river and it was warm, and they replaced without hesitation, so cannot fault them and wouldn't put me off going again!

1 review so far 6
25.08.2016 09:10

The restaurant had a nice feel and decor and is in a pretty location. We had a table overlooking the river. The staff were attentive and helpful in making suggestions on what to eat. The food was very tasty. It was a Wednesday night so the restaurant was not busy.

3 reviews so far 5
12.02.2017 08:25

We enjoyed a lovely evening at The Bridge and Bayleaf. The food was fantastic, the staff very friendly and professional, and there was a great atmosphere in the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
27.06.2017 17:20

Really enjoyed it. The restaurant itself was clean, nicely decorated and laid out, I liked the riverside location, the food was tasty and the service was brilliant. It would be full marks if my curry had been spicier. It tasted very nice, obviously lots of good quality ingredients but I asked for medium and was very very mild

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 12:20

the starter onion bhjai was very nice to follow ihad chicken dhesi one of there special receipes and my partner also had onion bhjai and to follow chicken bhuna . the staff were very nice people and made it a pleasant visit

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 09:56

The restaurant was recommended to us for our 1st wedding anniversary. The place was great and we had a table overlooking the river. The service was amazing and the food very delicious. We will definitely come again and recommend it to others.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 10:13

The staff were welcoming and attentive as always, and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The food is always fresh and flavoursome and once again we were not disappointed. Portions are always on the generous size and we left very full!

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 21:25

Well another lovely meal at the B&B... went with some friends over from New Zealand and they were totally impressed with the riverside location, fresh and tasty food and excellent service. Keep up the good work guys!

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 14:43

I had a brilliant evening celebrating my birthday with several friends. The service and food were both excellent and I would definitely recommend this to others. I intend to visit again next time I'm in Nottingham.

2 reviews so far 6
19.02.2017 15:01

First class food, No1 priority, excellent and friendly service, sensible prices, a good all round evening. Will return and will try to bring more friends. The car parking could be more diceplined, but that's almost impossible.

2 reviews so far 6
20.06.2016 16:52

Very friendly and courteous staff, couldn't fault the service at all. Also, the food was excellent! The best Indian food I've had in a very long time, will definitely be going again in the future.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2016 10:00

The waiters were polite, respectful and new how to treat customers. The food was amazing, and my family couldn't stop raving about the the Bridge and Baylead all the way home. Best curry for miles!!!

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 07:10

Amazing Indian restaurant. Lovely staff lovely setting and brilliant food. Would highly recommend. Will be booking again for a family meal over the next few weeks. If you like Indian food you'll love it!

1 review so far 5
11.08.2017 08:35

Staff were friendly and efficient on arrival and throughout the dinner service. Food arrived quickly and they answered the questions in relation to the food. When they weren't happy with the quality they exchanged the item free of charge.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 10:44

Great service with excellent food. Good value for money and more than enough food! Lovely atmosphere and staff very helpful and attentive. Would definitely recommend and will be goin back soon! 😊

1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 02:04

Overlook the fact that the outside looks a bit of a mess, as the food is of tremendous quality. Be warned that the portion sizes are very generous. We will be back!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 15:38

Really good food and great service. Chicken was beautifully cooked would recommend and defiantly return, starters were really nice to however salmon was slightly over cooked, often come along a hidden gem!

1 review so far 6
04.01.2016 07:24

Very accommodating. Could maybe think about a choice for children, for family visits. Staff were super friendly. Very pleased with the service we received. Restaurant was very busy which is always excellent.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 07:45

Great food and great service , love going here for special occasions. They also do great takeaway. Would recommend to anyone, especially the gorgeous peshwari nan , best I've ever had.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2016 11:18

Excellent service and great food. They go the extra mile to make a distinctive dining experience. It's not the easiest place to find, but the online booking facility compensates for that.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 08:58

Excellent food and excellent, courteous service. They are extremely busy Fri and Sat so you'd need to book; but if you'd appreciate a quieter evening, then go on a Sunday.

2 reviews so far 4
05.07.2017 17:26

The food was excellent as usual but it was a long time coming. Waited approximately 1 1/2 hours for the main course. Service wasn't upto the usual standard. The barman struggled to cope under pressure and it reflected in his attitude towards our party.

1 review so far 6
22.06.2016 11:49

Took my daughter and son inlaw, first time they had been. They thoroughlt enjoyed the evenjng. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Definitely go again. Thanks to all the staff

1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 07:51

Amazing food. The staff were excellent so polite and really accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely food freshly prepared and adjusted to suit the two children's taste. xx

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 09:28

lovely location by the river, we received Fantastic service from all the staff members and the food was brilliant the lamb fell off the fork. will definitely be returning!

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 05:51

Really nice atmosphere, delicious food and really lovely polite staff. Would definitely go back and recommend friends and family. Will also be using the takeaway service from now on!

1 review so far 5
30.01.2016 08:44

Lovely place and nice food. Would go back again. Staff all very friendly. Menu had alot to choose from, slightly more than we would usually pay but this is find every now and then.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 09:31

Went there for the first time for our 10th wedding anniversary. Food and service was excellent, we really enjoyed it. Location is beautiful, one of my favourite places.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 09:43

Fantastic food and the waiter service was excellent I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone, they also do a takeaway as well 👍The food is spot on

1 review so far 5
12.03.2016 10:26

Very attentive waiting staff without being overly pushy. The food was very good and portions large. The prices are about average for a nice Indian restaurant. Overall a good experience and lovely atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
22.05.2017 10:44

The food never fails to disappoint fantastic restaurant! I would recommended this place to anyone ,it is one of the best Indian restaurants I have came across.

1 review so far 6
18.12.2016 09:17

Great friendly service, lovely environment and good food. The night went without a hitch and all aspects of our meal were fabulous. Thanks for looking after us.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 12:54

I love eating here the service is always good and food was tasty. Not too expensive. Recommend the king prawn tawa or one of the lamb dishes

1 review so far 6
28.06.2017 12:39

One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Topped by excellent service Can't recommend it enough. Great view of the river as well.

2 reviews so far 6
16.03.2016 09:30

Lovely meal which was well presented and delicious! Nice menu choice and great value for money. Great portion sizes we were full and no room for pud!

2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2016 09:31

A very pleasant evening with good food expertly prepared and served. One problem with loud diners on an shave the table resolved to our complete satisfaction.

2 reviews so far 6
31.07.2016 15:37

Really tasty food - I recommend any of the paneer dishes and the peshwari naans. I even travel 30 minutes to collect takeout from this place!

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 07:33

Great food and enormous portions without the large price tag. Will definitely go there again in the future. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys Indian food.