The Bridge House

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The Bridge HouseThe Bridge House

Type: Bar, Eatery

35-43 Bedford Street
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 7EJ
United Kingdom

+44 2890727890 | map

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Added by cypressbob on 01-08-2007

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2.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is Belfast's Lloyds/Wetherspoons pub, located in the heart of the city just across from the BBC building

Its a large open space when you walk in, tables and chairs adorn with the usual faux wood and tasteless decor many Wetherspoon's feature

Large bar, with 4 handpumps. Sadly, they usually just have Abbot ale on which is pretty average to say the least. During the recent 'beer festival' they had nothing on and despite advertising the fest heavily for weeks they had no festival beers on...

I made an attempt to purchase a bottle of Thomas Hardy ale as I saw a 4 pack resting up with the champagne. After 10 mins of one member of staff asking another etc etc I was informed that it was expensive.... I said thats fine. She then returned and told me it wasn't for sale... things are not going well so far

I proceeded to try to order a bottle of Pivor Herold Dark with great difficulty, eventually after much pointing I was served it without a glass...

I ordered a pint of Old Rosie cider too although instead got some other Weston's, possibly the organic.

The atmopshere? Well.... during the day its tolerable but sadly once dusk falls things go from a fairly sedate environment to an atmosphere akin to a social club for troubled teenagers with a fair few asbos to their name. During the 'festival' there was a hen and stag do including a 30th birthday party...

This pub has a Cask Marque... I don't know how but they do. Its a pretty dire place, I occasionally pop my head in to see whats on the handpumps but tbh its not worth it for the environment, A terrible place to have a pint

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3.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Getting around to some ancient tasting reviews, this from Halloween of 2007. I was literally on the opposite side of Belfast from The John Hewitt, so I spent a few nights here.

First night was pretty mellow. I remember there was a football match on that I wanted to see, but they don't allow visible tatoos or football scarfs (scarves?) into bars for fears of gang affiliation. The bar I wanted to go to was showing the game, but the only scarf I had brought with me was my Sevilla FC one. Long story schort, this is how I ended up at The Bridge House. Being a relatively ignorant American, I knew next to nothing about Belfast before going there. Very glad I went, but seems like most of the bars have no less than three bouncers outside making sure that no unscrupulous characters get in. Belfast was right on the brink of an impressive expansion. Giant hotels popping up around the city, and unfortunately the Crown was under renovations as well. I hope the economic turndown that soon followed didn't take it's toll too hard.

Anyways, back to The Bridge House. I went here because I didn't want to go somewhere where I had to pass three bouncers just to get in. That was quite intimidating. Also went here for the CM, as they do have cask ales. Selection wasn't astounding. And the hyped up "beer fest" was a let down because I was only in town for a couple of days and it was a staggered release, because they had so few hand pulls.

Aside from getting hit on by an intimidating gay Northern Irishman who was slamming Magners like there was no tomorrow, it was an ok experience.

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The Bridge House in Belfast, GB5, United Kingdom
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