Review on The Bridgewater Arms at Winston

Paul Grundy spent more than 20 years in the kitchens of the celebrated Black Bull at Moulton before moving to this village inn a few miles west of Darlington with his wife Kathryn. The impressive-looking Bridgewater Arms was once a Victorian schoolhouse (circa 1851), but the fine old stone building has been cleverly crafted into an upmarket pub/restaurant, with stylish interlinked spaces and a warm cosy atmosphere.

Classic seafood cookery is Paul's gastronomic forte and he has brought all his experience and flair to this new venture. Lunch and early evening menus promise straightforward dishes along the lines of seafood pancake thermidor, shellfish bisque and beer-battered haddock along with slow-braised beef with cabbage and mash for meat fans.

The main menu pushes the boat out for more ambitious stuff including king scallops with black pudding, sweet potato purée and oyster sauce or monkfish wrapped in pancetta on curried prawn risotto - in addition to grilled Dover sole and roast rack of lamb with Madeira sauce. Desserts are most old-school British standbys such as jam roly-poly or hot chocolate pudding, and just about everything on the carefully chosen wine list is offered by the glass.

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Gastro pub / Seafood


Paul Grundy

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Bridgewater Arms at Winston

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 37 covers


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Bridgewater Arms at Winston
County Durham

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    August 2017

    9 people found this review helpful
    Food was poor

    Visited this restaurant as we had driven past a few times so thought we would give it a try. Have to say we were very disappointed in both the food and the service. Starter was lovely but was very let down by the main. Staff all looked miserable. Asked the waitress why she didn't look happy. We saw a bald man in chefs whites we assume was the owner talking to customers and was talking to his regulars he seemed to know them well. Dessert was dreadful a piece of cake with some kind of what looked like milk on it. Was very dry.

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