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Saxilby pub re-opens with a French theme

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 02, 2012

The Bridge Inn at Saxilby

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A VILLAGE pub has been given a European-themed makeover by its new owners.

Chantal Sykes and her husband Alan have reopened the Bridge Inn at Saxilby. The business, on Gainsborough Road, closed in January 2011.

But Chantal, who is originally from near Paris, has re-launched the business with a fresh new look and with a part French inspired menu.

She said: "The place was in need of some love and attention after having been closed for so long.

"We have decided to give the place a whole new direction. The whole of the trading areas have been redecorated in a more contemporary style with some vibrant wall coverings and seating."

Part of the old flooring was infested with woodworm and needed to be completely replaced.

Where there was once a brick bar front, there is smart, coloured wooden panels which complement the stylish new back bar fitting.

The eating and drinking house will be serving up a menu of locally-sourced Lincolnshire meats and vegetables in traditional dishes along with a range of French inspired cuisine.

"We have decided to develop a local Lincolnshire menu but with a few French inspired touches," added Chantal.

"It isn't a gastro pub, we hope to be a relaxed and inviting place which will attract the local people whilst also being a place those from further afield can come for a nice meal out, that is a little bit different."

The business has already gained support from other local ventures.

Roland Overvoorde who owns Canal View B & B in Saxilby said: "We need a decent place for our guests to walk to."

In addition to the new menu and newly acquired fixtures and fittings, the new owners hope to provide a venue that will be looked upon favourably by visitors who prefer a boat as their means of transport.

The back of the Inn is situated close to the canal, providing a picturesque backdrop, ideal for mooring a boat at any of its 6 mooring points.

"In the future I would love to buy a steamboat and bring Brides up to the pub" adds Alan, "It would be a great alternative to travelling by car".

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  • BridgeSaxilby  |  January 03 2012, 5:30PM

    Thank you to those of you who have offered your kind words of support. We look forwards to seeing you soon! For new pictures of our pub and restuarant please see the link http://tinyurl.com/878socy

  • MavisEnderby  |  January 03 2012, 3:56AM

    Of course it has a separate smoking room .... It's called outside. I enjoy the occasional pub meal out now, it is literally a breath of fresh air. The only problem is getting in and out past the nicotine stained huddle around the door. As for the French twist, I will look forward to giving it a try with an open mind.

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  • tug_f  |  January 02 2012, 1:51PM

    So, No separate Smoking Room, What a Shame, the rest of the EU seem to have got the message as far as Pubs or Clubs are concerned, get the Smokers back in, stay in Business. As for French style, a cafe is a cafe.

  • lynnlincoln  |  January 02 2012, 10:32AM

    What a brave couple taking on a venture such as this in the current economic climate. I hope they make a success of it, somewhere for FM to pay a call?

  • Sturtonimp  |  January 02 2012, 10:09AM

    They hosted my dads 90th Birthday recently with a buffett for a family of varied dietary requirements it was brilliant. The food was lovely, the staff attentive but not OTT. The atmosphere is very relaxed but extremely proffesional. I would definately recommend The Bridge as an excellent venue for a celebration. I am looking forward to trying out their Sunday Roast.

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  • Saxilby_Mick  |  January 02 2012, 8:01AM

    This used to be a great pub when George and Maggie ran it several years ago, but has been so poorly-run since then that locals have tended to avoid it. I look forward to trying their food and wish them every success in their new venture.