GBPA 2022

Meet the winner: Best Pub for Families – Ye Olde Bridge, Oxton, Nottinghamshire

By The Morning Advertiser

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Family focus: the Ye Olde Bridge is somewhere for all ages
Family focus: the Ye Olde Bridge is somewhere for all ages

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There’s been a steady process of investment at Ye Olde Bridge since Hannah Lloyd took over the rural Nottinghamshire business four years ago, since when she’s transformed it into a classy modern gastropub with a family feel and a community focus.

It’s certainly become an attractive destination venue for people with young children, who can sit on the Bridge’s newly-revamped terrace in sight of the little ones as they play in the pub’s playground, domed soft play area or knee-high maze.

Broad appeal

When the weather’s not breaking records, there are plenty of games to keep the kids occupied indoors.

But, as Hannah is keen to point out, Olde Bridge is a venue that puts as much value on 70th​ birthday parties as celebrations for the youngest members of the family, aiming for an all-round family appeal “from babies through to grandparents”.

Hannah has also tried to ensure that Ye Olde Bridge is a community hub, with weekday coffee mornings for new mums and tai chi and yoga classes in the huge meadow to the rear, performing an important role in bringing people together in a rural location where high street coffee chains can’t be found.

Extra revenue

The pub’s standalone refurbished barn gives it an extra events revenue stream, while sustainability credentials are in evidence, including 16 beehives on-site.

The mix of quality food, great service and 360˚ appeal has certainly paid dividends, with Ye Ole Bridge serving 10,000 mains during the 2022 school summer holidays, a 2,500 increase on last year.

As-yet undeveloped parts of the meadow means there’s still potential to expand the pub’s family appeal further in the years to come, as Ye Olde Bridge aims for perfection in its appeal as a great all-round pub business.

Meet all the 2022 GBPA winners:

The Dartford Sports Bar, Dartford Essex – Admiral Pub of the Year

Strait and Narrow, Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Best City / Urban Pub or Bar

The Three Hills, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire - Best Country / Rural Pub

The Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire – Best Pub for Dogs

The Saddle Inn, Chester, Cheshire – Best Pub for Entertainment

Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Oxton, Nottinghamshire – Best Pub for Families

The Shibden Mill, Halifax, West Yorkshire – Best Pub for Food

Tamworth Tap, Tamworth, Staffordshire – Best Pub Garden

The Famous Three Kings, Fulham, London – Best Pub to Watch Sport

The Riverside at Aymestrey, Herefordshire – Best Sustainable Pub

The Lion in Treorchy, Wales – Community Hero

The Greene Oak, Windsor, Berkshire – Greene King Pub of the Year

The Gun Inn, Findon, West Sussex – Marston’s Pub of the Year

The Red Lion, Guildford, Surrey – Punch Pub of the Year

The Red Lion, Shepperton, Surrey – Star Pub of the Year

The Old Windmill, Coventry, West Midlands – Stonegate Pub of the Year

Natalie Coleman, the Oyster Shed, City of London – Best Pub Chef

Tiffany Long, the White Hart Freehouse, Ashill, Norfolk – Best Young Pub Chef 

The Gun Inn, Findon, West Sussex – Great British Pub of the Year

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