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Punch Bowl, Bridgnorth, Review

The Punch Bowl Bridngorth

The Punch Bowl Bridgnorth

THERE was a time earlier this year when it felt as though it was impossible to open a newspaper without reading about another new award for the Punchbowl Inn, on the outskirts of Bridgnorth.

The venue’s success was all the more remarkable in that it had been achieved against a backdrop of its worst ever season.

The heavy snow and floods of 2010 had caused a £150,000 loss – yet, within a year, the venue was being celebrated as being one of the UK’s best.

The turnaround was achieved through hard work and determination. Staff knuckled down to work 14 hours a day to cope with demand – after almost 6,000 locals booked dinners at the venue. My friend and I were keen to find out what all of the fuss was about and so booked in for a midweek supper. We had booked ahead and were greeted at the bar by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table; a delightful room in which a log fire was blazing warmly.

The Punchbowl Inn was formerly a pub, though is now a dining pub. The tables are all set for guests who can feast on high quality, low cost dinners that are served in generous portions. The venue prides itself on serving pub classics and a carvery that has a region wide reputation.

Every week, scores of people travel from around the region to enjoy simple, home-cooked food at affordable prices.

I, however, had a cunning plan. The Feasting on high quality, low-cost dinners at pub Punchbowl prides itself on traditional English grub – so, to start, I went for
a Chinese dish – chicken yuk sung, which comprised spicy chicken served with vermicelli noodles and soy sauce in baby gem lettuce. It was delicious, a winning blend of taste and texture. My friend went for a seasonal soup which The pub has bounced back in remarkable style after being hit by the weather in 2010.

Inside the historic dining room at the increasingly popular Punchbowl Inn,in Ludlow Road, Bridgnorth. Staff Jonathan Ball and Steve Laugharne ready to serve customers at the Punchbowl.
was served in a generous portion and he was very pleased with it. My friend opted for the carvery as his main course and returned to the table with a plate brimful of delicious savoury food. Pork, crackling, apple sauce, vegetables and potatoes were piled high – somehow, he made it through the lot. I went for faggots in a rich onion gravy with triple cooked chips and a red onion marmalade. All were delicious. My friend skipped dessert, though I went for a bowl of pear crumble with custard, which proved a hearty end to a pleasant evening.
Our bill, including drinks, was £35 – a total bargain.
Punchbowl owner Adam Giles deserves all credit for creating an increasingly-popular dining pub on the outskirts of Bridgnorth. The venue has bounced back in remarkable style from
the most testing set of circumstances.

The hard work of Adam and his team deserves every success.

Reviewed October 2012 by ETM (c)

Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn
Ludlow Road
Bridgnorth.
Tel: 01746 763304

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