A RIVERSIDE café set by an iconic Herefordshire bridge has closed. 

The Bridge was an eatery and bar situated next to Whitney-on-Wye Bridge, which crosses the river Wye.

It opened last year, with the fully licensed restaurant running alongside the bridge's glamping, canoeing and fishing elements. 

However, in a letter shared on the Hay on Wye Community Notice Facebook page, Peter, Sarah, George and Ellie Crouch said that, due to their current personal circumstances, they have decided to cease operations and close their doors immediately.


"This decision was not made lightly and is the result of a combination of family, health, and operational challenges that have made it increasingly difficult for us to sustain our operations," they said.

"The need to be present and available to support our family members, amidst rapidly changing circumstances, has made the decision to close an imperative one.

We understand that this announcement may come as a surprise, and we sincerely apologise to all our valued guests who have made reservations beyond today's date. We recognise the disappointment this may cause, and we want to assure you that we will be reaching out directly to all affected guests to address any bookings and reservations.

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"On behalf of the entire Crouch family and our dedicated team at The Bridge Eatery, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of our supporters and regular guests since our opening in June 2022. Your patronage and support have been the pillars of our success, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

"As we approach the festive season, we wish you all the very best, filled with joy, peace, and prosperity. May the New Year bring you happiness and good health."

Anyone who has any unused and valid gift vouchers is asked to email manager@bridgeeatery.com where they will be provided with a refund. 

The family has confirmed that the toll bridge will operate as usual.

Built in the late 1770s when George III reigned as King and William Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister, is one of only eight privately owned toll bridges still operating in much the same way as it has for almost 250 years.