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The Bridge and Bayleaf

Gunthorpe · Indian · ££££
99 Reviews

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.

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The Bridge and Bayleaf
Trentside, Gunthorpe Bridge, Gunthorpe
Nottingham NG14 7FB

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 6:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Chef's Choice



Vegetable tikki

a lightly fried dumpling, filled with mixed vegetables coated in spices

Lamb puri

masala lamb wrapped in a light tandoori roti

Tandoori salmon

boneless salmon fillet infused with tandoori spices and cooked in the clay oven


Chilli paneer

Indian cheese cooked with chilli, herbs and spices, coated in an aromatic curry sauce

Fish bhuna

succulent pieces of cod in a bhuna sauce

King prawn tawa

maharani king prawns, enriched in traditional spices served on a tawa (indian platter)




Chicken tikka


King prawn


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.

99 The Bridge and Bayleaf Reviews

Clive T.8 days ago · 1 review

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

Roddy I.a month ago · 1 review

Excellent in very way,service,ambience,quality of food,location......highly recommended.food is always well cooked and presented and staff are very friendly and approachable,will definitely visit again in the near future.

Miriam F.2 months ago · 1 review

Great food, lovely atmosphere and very attentive service. :) I would definitely recommend others to eat here. It was great to be able to hear ourselves over the music as well. :)

Dave R.2 months ago · 3 reviews

We had a lovely meal with out friends. Although there were 2.large parties in as well as us we found the service was exclellent and the food was of the highest standard We will definitely return.

christine d.2 years ago · 1 review

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

Sean K.2 years ago · 1 review

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.

Jeff G.6 months ago · 1 review

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.

Louise K.2 years ago · 1 review

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.

Margaret H.a year ago · 1 review

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.

Jacqueline S.9 months ago · 1 review

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.

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