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.
- 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 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.
Busy Friday night with a great atmosphere, the staff were busy but attentive and the food was fabulous, definitely recommend this place and will go back soon
Went for my birthday. The food was very good. Had to wait awhile but it was worth it. Staff were very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Lovely setting by the river. Would recommend.
Excellent food with excellent service! The food was superb and very fresh! The services was second to none with friendly staff. The location was fantastic with gorgeous views over the river Trent. Would recommend to everyone!
The staff are all very friendly and exceptionally helpful. The food is beautifully presented and tastes absolutely wonderful. The location is unique as it's right on the river trent so the views are great.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!