A Pillar of the Community…
The Bridge in Prestbury Village, sitting proudly on the Banks of the River Bollin, has become a focal point over the years within this historic Cheshire village, providing excellent food, drink, accommodation and entertainment to the bustling community.
Dating back to 1626, The Bridge emits a charm and character that even the most hardened visitor will struggle to ignore. Prestbury was a prominent location for silk manufacturing at the turn of last century and many of the historic worker’s cottages can be seen today just a short walk from our Grade II listed venue.
Located on the prestigious Prestbury high street the Bridge is complimented by a collection of carefully curated shops, cafes and restaurants, from Base Pizzeria, to Henry’s Café, Prestbury Flowers to Rococo, our incredible neighbours nestled in the village work hard to preserve the family-friendly community that Prestbury is known for. Just a stones throw from The Bridge is Prestbury railway station which connects our little village to the main lines of Manchester and London.
If you’re into your outdoor pursuits, Prestbury has it all – the local tennis club is just a short walk from the high street, while Prestbury Golf Club with its lush greens and sloping hills provides a course not to be missed for the avid golfer. Alongside this, there are many popular walks around Prestbury from the Bollin Valley Walk, to the historic Hare Hill House.
The Prestbury community
Suppliers & Community
As all of our properties are located in the heart of Cheshire, we are lucky to be supplied from some of the very best local suppliers from James, the lovely man at the Tea from the Manor, to the incredible team at Cheshire Gin Distillery to the amazing butchers at Altham’s providing the best quality meats for our ‘grill’ selection. We like to champion all things local which gives farmers the fairest prices for their produce, suppliers source the very best ingredients and we can see the journey very literally from farm to plate.
Integrating our hotel operations into the life of our local communities and society of our Cheshire is highly rewarding for Flat Cap and its employees. We believe that the local economic and social impact of our hotels can be managed positively and responsibly. At Flat Cap we believe our responsibility extends beyond our employees and guests but into the communities in which we operate within.
All our poultry produce is "Red Tractor Assured"
All our fish is supplied via "MSC" approved suppliers
We buy British where possible, taking into account food seasonality and quality of produce.
We check suppliers are acting ethically in sourcing and production
There are no endangered fish species used on our menus
Our Local Suppliers
Here at Flat Cap Hotels, we are proud to champion local suppliers and fantastic, locally sourced ingredients, from eggs to veg, meat to fish all of our ingredients are sourced within 20 miles of our properties. From countryside to coast we are certain our seasonal menus serve your tastebuds the very best of British ingredients. Flat Cap focus on supporting local suppliers as they are the pillars of the community.
Tea From The Manor - James
Tea from the Manor was one of our first suppliers and his story is very special indeed. After serving in the British Army alongside the Gurkhas on the Indo-Nepalese border, James discovered a passion for the tea leaf harvest. He then started a small supply chain between himself and the tea farmers that he had served alongside and started up Tea from the Manor. Tea from the Manor is a tried and true family owned business, a small supply chain and no middle man ensuring the farmers receive the fairest price for their product. James not only supplies Flat Cap but over a hundred venues across the UK and has over 96 varieties of tea and with 20 years of experience, he really knows his stuff! We our proud to have James as one of our suppliers and to watch his business grow.
Established in 1856 in the heart of Morecambe, family-owned Althams Butchers have worked hard over the centuries to deliver the finest quality cuts of meat. They supply Flat Cap Hotels with our incredible melt-in-the-mouth steaks, organic, free-range chicken breast and much more. Althams are now in their fifth generation of butchery and have been serving the local community ever since they opened their doors in 1856. Flat Cap Hotels is proud to partner with such an established supplier and support local farmers in the process. James and Rick now manage the family business and have been working there for over 20 years, meaning their knowledge of meat is second to none!
MyFish is a family-owned business, established by Gary Apps over 10 years ago, with a passion for providing the finest seafood from coastal suppliers up and down the British coastline, sourcing many of the items from local fisheries and sustainable sea fishers. Gary wanted to provide seafood that could be provided wholesale without compromising on quality. Gary and his excellent team only source seasonal fish, which supports Flat Caps commitment to providing the highest quality seasonal ingredients.
Amato, the family-owned food supplier was established thirty years ago by Bob and Delores Amato, providing incredible Mediterranean ingredients from the heart of Manchester, just a stones throw from the Flat Cap properties. Since then, they have expanded to source an incredible selection of international ingredients and of course, returning to their Italian roots whenever they can. Their knowledge of fine ingredients is why Flat Cap keenly supports this supplier and helps to create their innovative, carefully curated seasonal menus.
Our People are at the centre of all that we do. We want to celebrate our incredible team for all their hard work, from talented chefs, some of the best baristas in the business and mega mixologists, smiley servers and of course, our dedicated reception and housekeeping teams. The wonderful team at The Bridge are here to make your experience one to remember… below are some of the friendly faces that work so hard to make your visit unforgettable.
Laura has over 15 years experience in the hospitality industry and is a fantastic asset to Flat Cap, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from various bars and restaurants.
Laura has also spent some time in the health industry as a carer and one of her most notable qualities as a General Manager is her ability to connect with the community; she is passionate about getting involved in community events and has led The Bridge’s attendance at the Prestbury Christmas fair to great success, as well as adding an Easter Eggstravaganza and a Forest Gin Supper Club to her busy community calendar.
We know Laura Fuller is a friendly Flat Cap face you will see for many years to come and hope her skillset continues to support business on the local highstreet.
Head Chef / Exec Chef
Martyn is a tried and tested foodie with over 20 years experience in kitchens; we also think he’s coolest chef in the kitchen with an impressive collection of tattoos to boot. Martyn is passionate about crafting innovative menus using only the very best of British seasonal ingredients. Martyn is responsible for creating all of the menus across the group with his incredible, dedicated kitchen teams.
Customer Experience Manager
Ellie Birchill joined Flat Cap Hotels at The Bridge as a server in 2021 and developed a keenness to progress within the company. Ellie was noticeably one of the best servers and her positive customer facing attitude led her into her current role as Customer Experience Management, developed under the training and guidance of Archie Thompson (Sales and Marketing Manager). Ellie is well into her role as Customer Experience Manager and coordinates all of the events at The Bridge from ticketed events to weddings, birthdays, celebrations of life and christenings. Ellie is incredibly organised and enjoys creating bespoke packages for clients and organising community led events.