At The Bridge Kitchen we are passionate about our food. Located at the rear of our Bridge Street building in Guildford, the Kitchen overlooks the river and provides a great place to catch your breath, relax and unwind. We serve barista-style coffee, homemade cakes, and freshly cooked hearty dishes as well as salads, wraps, and sandwiches, all prepared by our professional chefs.

Opening times

The Bridge Kitchen is open to the general public Monday to Friday 7am to 2.30pm.

The Bridge Rooms Residents

What we offer

Living at The Bridge, the food is provided as follows:
  • Breakfast and an evening meal seven days a week, with a continental grab bag breakfast at weekends and Bank Holidays.
  • Facilities are located on the ground floor of The Bridge in The Bridge Kitchen which is a canteen-style service with plenty of seating.
  • A vegetarian choice is always available.
  • If you require a special diet because of an allergy/ medical or any other reason, please see the catering manager who will be more than happy to discuss your requirements. We will be pleased to do all we reasonably can to meet your needs.

Weekday lunches can be purchased as we are open to the public Monday to Friday operating as a commercial cafe.


Breakfast Monday to Friday 7:00am-9:30am
Continental Grab Bag Breakfast Saturday and Sunday from reception
Dinner Monday to Sunday 5:30pm-7.30pm


The breakfast menu has been designed to set you up for the day. Each weekday the residents can choose any combination of the items below:

  1. Orange juice, apple juice, milk, tea, coffee, (soya, oat, lactose free milks)
  2. Toast, butter, jam, marmalade, peanut butter, Nutella.
  3. Yoghurt, nuts, dried fruit, honey.
  4. Choice of any cereals, (all Kellogg’s) Cornflakes/ Frosties/ Coco Pops/Rice Crispies/ Granola & All-Bran with milk & honey.
  5. Fresh fruit- apple/ pear/ banana/ orange

Further to this, daily specials are on the morning menu. We offer Full English fry ups on two of the days, with continental breakfast, porridge, American pancakes, croissants complementing the remainder.

For everybody to enjoy the community atmosphere we ask you to maintain a high standard of conduct and an appropriate dress code whilst in The Bridge Kitchen. For hygiene and health and safety reasons you will need to change from pyjamas before attending meals and always wear footwear. No alcohol is permitted in the dining room.


In addition, the evening meal has several modern, innovative and culturally diverse dishes as suggested by our team but can also be chosen by you.

Any suggestions or ideas that you may have to help us, will always be taken on board.

Sample menu

Monday Chilli Con Carne/ Vege chilli/ Garlic Broccoli, rice or Jacket potato, cheese, sour cream. Warm Brownies. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Tuesday Roast chicken thighs with garlic, paprika, thyme. Roasted rosemary potatoes, green beans/ Vegetarian Moroccan chickpea pie. Apple crumble, custard. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Wednesday Beef/Vege Burgers, tomato, lettuce, cheese, fried onions, hotdogs French fries. Pineapple Sponge cake. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Thursday Macaroni & cheese with/without Bacon, Mixed salad. Stuffed aubergine Parmigiana. Eton Mess. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Friday Fish and Chip Friday, saveloy, peas, lemon, tartar sauce. Fishless Fish. Vegetarian Kiev’s. Caramel pudding. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Saturday Chicken Curry, Chickpea Curry, bhaji, samosa, rice, naan, mango chutney, poppadom, minted yoghurt. Ice-cream. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.
Sunday Sunday Roast, Vegetarian nut roast, all the trimmings, steamed pudding and custard. Tea/ Coffee/Squash.

Covid-19 Safety Information

Due to the anticipated longer-term social distancing measures as a result of Covid-19, we have decided to withdraw the cooked breakfast offer for the 2021-22 academic year, however, a continental breakfast will be provided every day between 07:00 and 09:30 allowing us to serve residents with grab and go options.

Evening service will remain as a hot meal but it is anticipated this will be done on a staggered basis with residents being allocated a time slot for their evening meal. The situation remains fluid and we will review this regularly. Residents and staff safety are of paramount importance.  

Giving Back

By choosing the bridge kitchen you are supporting your local community. The bridge kitchen and the bridge rooms are run as an independent commercial business by the team at YMCA Downslink group. In this building we house young students who are studying locally.

All profits we generated the bridge kitchen and the bridge rooms are invested into our YMCA supported accommodation project at our new purpose built site in Wharf Road (near the Guildford cricket ground) offering 34 bedrooms, as well as providing advice and guidance to our young people.

So, every sip supports local young people who are at risk of homelessness. In the bridge kitchen we have the availability to offer supported residents paid work or roles as volunteers, so they can ultimately gain invaluable work experience in the hospitality sector as they transition into paid employment.


We are proud to serve coffee supplied by Caffe Praego, an ethical coffee bean supplier who gives back to the communities from which they buy their coffee. Where possible we try to source our ingredients from local suppliers.

Events & Groups

We can cater for a range of events at The Bridge Kitchen.

If you are looking for somewhere to hold a luncheon, a work meeting, or a group activity then we’d love to talk to you about how we could cater to your exact needs. We can also provide a selection of food appropriate for your event.

If you are looking for somewhere for your group to meet – book club, knitting circle, etc – we can happily accommodate you. The Bridge Kitchen is spacious and accessible.


To contact The Bridge Kitchen call us on 01483 532555 or email

The Bridge Kitchen
1-10 Bridge Street

Every time we come to the Bridge Kitchen the staff are wonderful, extremely helpful. Fantastic job.

Lilian – Support Worker