Seafood – The Bridge Pub and Restaurant – Douglas, Isle of Man

Isle of Man Seafood at The Bridge restaurant in Douglas

When we ventured out into Douglas city centre on our first day in the Isle of Man, it was crazy windy and the Irish Sea was wild with waves crashing over onto the promenade. Plus, it was raining and we didn’t fancy wandering around getting soaked, so we quickly began seeking somewhere to get lunch.

We were on the look out for seafood – Manx Queenies to be precise! The Isle of Man is famous for the Queen Scallop that is fished off the coast. Conservation efforts ensure the supplies stay robust and the Manx Queenie now has European Union Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status – meaning scallops that land elsewhere and fail to meet the required standard can’t carry the name. There’s even an annual Queenie Festival in the tiny fishing village of Port St Mary where the catches of the day are brought in.

It was not easy finding somewhere to eat. We avoided all of the overly expensive restaurants located across from the promenade that were way out of our budget and eventually decided to check out the pubs and cafes along Douglas Marina instead. This is where we found The Bridge. From the outside, it just looked like any old pub and to be honest, if we weren’t completely famished and hadn’t noticed the fact that Queenies were on the menu, we might have gone elsewhere. I’m so glad that we didn’t! This turned out to be a real gem of a restaurant.

the bridge inn isle of man

Cosy Interiors and Delicious Food

What immediately impressed me about The Bridge was the light and airy decor which looked to have been freshly renovated. Everything was spotless and stylish. It was obvious that a lot of effort had gone into the interior design – right down to the little details, such as scallop shell candle holders on the tables and marine-themed wall decorations. The weather outside was cold and gloomy, but inside here it was warm, cosy and inviting.

Then came the wonderful food. Not only did I finally get to try the Queenies, I also had a Manx Kipper and locally-caught salmon as part of the main; all reasonably priced. And Andy was smitten with his generous portion of fish and chips! The Manx Queenies were served with bacon in a white wine and cream sauce, along with a lovely chunk of oven-baked bread. For the main, the duo of seafood salad comprised of Manx smoked salmon, Manx kipper, warm chive potatoes and dressed leaves.

 

the bridge restaurant, isle of man

 

 

 

11 Comments

    • October 18, 2013 / 23:24

      Yum indeed :-) Love finding places like this to eat.

  1. October 13, 2013 / 23:56

    OK, now I’m drooling all over my keyboard! Evrything looks so great!
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    • October 18, 2013 / 23:24

      Ha ha, that’s gross ;-)

  2. October 14, 2013 / 00:05

    Sounds delicious and just the sort of place I love.

    • October 18, 2013 / 23:23

      It’s a lovely place, ticked all of the boxes for good value, delicious food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff.

    • October 18, 2013 / 23:21

      It’s definitely a bit of a hidden gem and has a unique beauty.

    • October 18, 2013 / 23:20

      Ha ha, I know it’s so tasty and healthy!