BRIDGE BISTRO & WADEBRIDGE
Bridge Bistro is situated next to The Old Bridge in the market town of Wadebridge. The Bridge (after which we are named) was built in 1460 under the supervision of Reverend Lovibond. The Bridge spanned 320ft and had a total of 17 arches. It was believed that the Bridge was built on bales of wool – hence the local pub “Bridge on Wool”. However, it is now generally agreed that the confusion has arisen from the fact that The Bridge was built using the profits made from wool sold by the local farmers.
The building in which we are situated is understood to have been built around 1840 and was used as a reading room, library and meeting room. It was part of ‘The Institute’ which is now the shoe shop next door. The building has retained many of its original features, including a large leaded ‘ecclesiastic’ style window, giving it a unique peaceful and intimate ambience.
philip wilson ~ Head chef & owner
Phil has worked as a chef since leaving school, he spent four years of which working at the fantastic ‘Margots Bistro’ in Padstow. After which he took over as Head Chef in The London Inn, Padstow, where he transformed the kitchen ensuring that all food served was homemade, fresh and locally sourced. Phil has also travelled extensively and was given the opportunity to practice his Thai cooking in Chang Mai whilst undertaking a course with one of Thailand’s best known chefs. Since 28th May 2010 he has worked at Bridge Bistro as both Head Chef and Owner, and hopes to be here for many years to come.
His main ethos is to use seasonal, local produce and to make as much as possible from scratch to enhance the flavours of his food. Living in Cornwall all his life Phil has developed a passion for cooking seafood and this is reflected in its presence on our menus. (Don’t forget the legendary Sticky Toffee Pudding served with lashings of Cornish Clotted Cream.)
Vicky wilson ~ General Manager & owner
Vicky has been at Bridge Bistro since May 2010 and has enjoyed every moment. She loves to chat with our customers and is a great source of local knowledge if you are from out of town. So if you’re looking for the best local beach or a great spot to pitch a tent come in for dinner and have a chat. It is Vicky’s aim that each and every customer gets a chance to feel apart of Bridge Bistro and goes away feeling they have had an insight into our ethos. Eat, drink and be merry!