By Will Bradley

Rural pub-restaurant The Bridge Inn, Upper Woodford, is under new management.

The Woodford Valley village pub on the picturesque River Avon, will serve fresh local produce, local ales and fine wines, in a relaxed atmosphere.

The family-run business has three generations behind the bar and more than 30 years’ experience.

They will put an emphasis on hearty home-cooked food and real English ales.

The idyllic location is less than 10 miles from Stonehenge and only six miles from Salisbury. The ‘countryside escape’ venue re-opened on March 31 – and the move has been welcomed by nearby villagers.

“Our guiding principle is a small menu, with fresh food dishes that constantly rotate. It is working very well,” Nick Emberley told Valley News.

“The villagers seem to love us and have made us feel very welcome.”

The family is adding garden furniture to the impressive outside space that borders the River Avon.

“The villagers are helping us. We are a pub with good food and well-chosen beers and wines,” Nick added.

Nick and the ambitious family team has launched a steak night planned for every Monday evening. Visitors can enjoy a 28-day aged sirloin steak served with fries for £10, subject to availability.

The pub is closed currently from 3pm to 5.30pm, but Nick and the family have plans to open all-day during the summer to make use of the large picturesque garden.

The restaurant can seat 40 and also has an expansive pub bar area.

The popular pub is looking for full-time and part-time staff for posts from kitchen porters to restaurant supervisors.

More details: 01722 783203 or visit

The pub is also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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