Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn is certainly Ye Olde, even by the standards of British country pubs. The building has been there for at least 700 years – nobody knows exactly how long it has stood on what is now Ludlow Road – and has been a pub since 1740, serving the traveller, the public of Bridgnorth and all others who entered their doors. The menu now is classically British, with a full carvery, an a la carte menu and a full wine list that takes in the best of local ingredients. Reserve a table and gather up your whole crew for a meal that has stood the test of time.
The country pub has been a British institution for a fair old while, and Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn on the outskirts of Bridgnorth has been there since 1740 at the latest, and likely far longer. That isn’t any reason to rest on their laurels, though, and they have strove to maintain forward-looking in their approach. To that end, they’ve implemented the first AGA carvery in the country, a unique concept by which they build a dining experience that takes from the British carvery tradition and expands on it, bringing the cooking right into the heart of the restaurant.
The method of cooking is one thing, but the meats going into it are the most important thing, and at Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn, they don’t scrimp on that either. Scottish beef, Shropshire pork, Warwickshire turkey, Far Forest venison and lamb, as well as roast vegetables, garlic potatoes, cauliflower cheese and more. Take a trip down Ludlow Road just outside Bridgnorth – south of Telford and east of Wolverhampton – and experience something that applies new methods to classically British cuisine – so book a table now.
Great food and lovely atmosphere, most of the party had the roast, but a few selected other mains, everyone complimented how nice the food was.
Very welcoming staff Explained the system of ordering and made sure everything was of a good standard Good was excellent meat of high quality and vegetables cooked perfectly Definitely a return visit
Excellent AGA Carvery -will certainly visit again and next time we will try the other menus available. Staff were very attentive and price very good. A special mention for the beef-best we have had for some time.
The food was very tasty, and hot which is rare to get with carveries. Good selection of meat and vegetables. Plenty of staff to help.
Ours was one of the last lunchtime carvery sittings with a table for 5 booked for 1:30, and unfortunately it was a very disappointing experience. Normally the food is second to none but they only had a few off cuts of turkey left than a trainee tried to serve with the skin and gristle and about a dozen roast potatoes that must have been under the warming lamps for ages as they were tough and tasteless. The birthday-boy in our party wanted the "summer fruit crumble" for dessert which was heavy on fruit and not a lot of crumble. We did ask for a little time after lunch before they brought in the desserts but they arrived shortly after ordering so I cannot help but get the feeling they were trying to get rid of us so they could prepare for a wedding party that was due. Being typically English I didn't want to make a fuss at the time but after a while I felt I must warn other potential diners about the risks of late lunchtime Saturday sittings. On the plus side the Pork was very nice which was fine for me but our teenage daughter will only eat turkey so we had a grumpy 16 year old for the trip back to Stourbridge.
Our initial view was a negative one as we found out upon arrival that the menu online us different to that on offer at the venue. This would normally not be a problem, but we chose the location due to a vegetarian option that was not now available. We were about to leave but the member of staff who greeted us quickly offered an alternative that was available via the carvery. Three minutes later we had ordered and collected our food. It was tasty (if not that hot) and with a dessert, great value. A really nice venue with nice food. One slight critique I would add us rat the staff did nit look that smart. Sorry guys but first impressions count! 😊
Booking was really easy online. Booked a table for two. Got there a little before time but it was no problem getting seated. Going on a, Sunday they only do a daytime carvery and no evening one. Although the pub was busy we were dealt with courteously and efficiently. The were five meats on and the chef who served us was very friendly. A good selection of veg to go with our meal and a nice choice of puddings after. The staff were attentive without being overly so, just right on all aspects of our dining experience. Would definitely go again.
Looked forward to going to this place as we have heard such good reviews. The fact there were not many cars on the carpark on a saturday lunch seemed strange, but it turned out after we had our meal, we learned the owner was away and the chef that was on was dissappointing. We were left waiting 10 mins at the carvery before the chef came out of the kitchen, and the Roast beef, which we were looking forward to having, was small and looked dry. So we had Turkey, which was one slice and Ham which we were given plenty. The vegs needed to be topped up as there were not many of some and no Yorkshires, which came out half way through our meal. What we had was nice, it was just a shame the beef was not, for us to have tried it.
The carvery was very good, all home cooked. The service left a little to be desired. We had a reservation for 10 at 4pm and at 4.10pm the waitress quite abruptly informed us that they were taking the carvery away in 10mins in other words 'get a move on'. Not what you want, to be rushed when having a family catch up over Sunday dinner! And lastly the sweets where very dissappointing definitely not worth £5 each, very small portions and quite basic, funnily enough when we were choosing our desserts a lady who was leaving told us we would be dissappointed with the dessert, we should of listened! We have been here a few times now and will go back again as it is well worth a visit for the carvery as it is an excellent roast dinner.
We arrived and were seated straight away in a nice quiet area. We had the AGA carvery at a very reasonable price and it was very nice, good selection of meats and vegetables in different guises. Homemade cranberry sauce topped off my succulent turkey and apple sauce for the pork. My only complaint is that I did not leave myself any room for a dessert. It was my first visit as my wife is already a fan having been a few times before with the 'girls' I will definitely go again.