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.
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.
Lovely location, very clean and pleasant restaurant , staff are really nice can’t do enough for you, and the food is excellent would definitely go again especially in the summer.
We have been to this restaurant a few times. The food is excellent and plentiful. We have never managed to eat everything, not for the lack of trying. The staff are vey freindly and helpful. We have vegans in our party and the staff are are willing to spend time recommending dishes. There is plenty of choice.
An excellent restaurant the food was excellent with good sized portions. Staff were very friendly polite and helpful. Large selection to choose from on the menu and a very nice venue for situation next to the River Trent and decor was nice. Only negative we found were that the toilet area was very cold but it was a particularly cold evening too which didn't help. Would definitely recommend and we will return again as the experience was so enjoyable.
Lovely restaurant with excellent friendly service. Food was from the additional Christmas menu which was very tasty and good value. Will be visiting again in the New Year!
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.
First time on recommendation, our party of four with very different tastes was made very welcome. Service was excellent, very well paced and considerate. All the food came up to expectations, portions were generous. The cost including drinks,coffee etc was about £25 a head which we considered very fair. Will be going again and recommending to friends
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.