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2013 Apr 20
I just happened to stop by the Roastery on Preston today while the Canadian Brewers Cup was on. I guess all the good staff was competing because they sure had the C Team running the stations.

You guys know me. I don't like to complain. This was over the top, though.

ME: I'd like 2 small lattes, please.
SHE: What size?
ME: Small.
SHE: How many?
ME: 2.
SHE: 2 large lattes?
ME: Seriously? Two. Small. Lattes.

She rang it through and I paid. I guess I wasn't paying attention to the price. After waiting for 5 minutes, someone called out "small latte". I approached the coffee station where only 1 coffee was waiting. I asked about the second one and she showed me the order where I had only paid for one. At this point I was ready to just leave the one there and leave, but it wasn't for me, so I persevered. I walked over to the cash to pay for the second one and by the time I got the attention of someone else behind the counter who wasn't doing anything, the second was made. The person making it insisted I not pay for it because it was their mistake. Well, that was nice, at least. Is everyone there stoned? I'm genuinely curious about the new generation of hipster employee.

2013 Jan 17
I like that choose-a-machine service. Of course it's a way to sell machines, but i find it's done in a classy way with no hard sell.

2013 Jan 16
I stopped in at Bridgehead Roastery on Anderson at Preston late yesterday afternoon for a coffee made using a Clever Dripper single cup coffeemaker. They have a counter at the north end where they have 4 different single cup coffeemakers that you can choose from to have your barista make your coffee with - the Clever, a Chemex, a siphon apparatus, and another whose name I forget, a full immersion diffuser wrapped in a cosy, even the barista forgot what it was. We had a conversation about the merits of each and I also asked what he thought of the Aeropress, suggesting that it made a coffee that I thought might be more similar to a stovetop espresso and he agreed. He had a look for some coffee in the drawer there and wasn't happy with what he found so went to the wall of bagged beans for sale and we picked a Harrar, in the medium range. He explained all the steps to using the Clever, weighing the coffee, then the water, on to the first pourover and stirring, then ... Anyways I ended up with a small pot and a cup and went and sat down, poured and tasted my first excellent cup of coffee in Ottawa. A clean coffee with a medium body, enjoyable complexity, a good acidity, a joy to sip and savour. On leaving I thanked my coffee maker and bought a Clever.

2012 Sep 21
I have always been a fan of Bridgehead in general because their coffee is above average, and they are LOCAL (yay!). Their 'green' profile is way out in front of most local businesses. Food is generally good, interesting and locally made. Yay again.
However, (you knew there was a however, right?), I recently visited the original Wellington Street Bridgehead and had to wonder if the manager was on an extended vacation - service was confused, coffee was alright but not great, bathroom was noticeably dirty AND had a non-functional soap dispenser. General ambience has become somewhat shabby, paint is dirty and marked, shoddy repairs to ceiling. I was somewhat appalled. The resident hipsters didn't seem to find anything amiss.

2011 Apr 11
Bridgehead has leased the old Preston & Lieff Glass building on Preston Street (near Somerset) and plans to open a coffee roasting/coffee & espresso bar/seminar space there.

2011 Mar 21
They have a seasonal maple oatmeal scone, which was released this week. While it was tasty, it didn't taste of maple, and the oats weren't an obvious texture. The most prominent taste was actually the toasted pecans...which, weren't advertised, something that's slightly concerning given nut allergies.

A blip, I'm sure, and hopefully their scones will improve a bit over the next few weeks and they'll advertise the pecans as one of the ingredients (or better still, in the name of the pastry)

2010 Oct 12
The have a seasonal pumpkin spice latte - which is super good! I heart pumpkin!

2010 Jul 7
@ 2830 - It might be a case of cup size - I know I ask for small cups with my press pot (which is what a 'cup' is - 8oz and the '4 cup' presspots do fit 32 oz).

If you were given larger cups (which I think is the usual) then your cup will not be filled more than once.

I don't really see how you would get noticeably less coffee simply from pouring it from one container to another.

@ Saffron and LWB - Bridgehead does sell both individual and 4 cup press pot coffees to customers to have in store (though at locations with Clover machines, staff will typically try to sell a Clover coffee over a 1 cup press pot)

@ LWB - Bridgehead hasn't bought any more Clover machines since Starbucks bought the company. A shame. Apparently they haven't been doing too well as an acquisition for Starbucks though.

2010 Jul 6
I've never actually ordered a press pot at Bridgehead, but I was positive that I'd occasionally seen them on tables when I've visited. I did a quick check online at Bridgehead's site -- I can't swear that they serve them (their menus aren'tposted), but they certainly do sell the pots themselves :

2010 Jul 6
To my knowledge, Bridgehead does not make presspots, they use the Clover system. ( (Clover is, ironically, owned by Starbucks).

If they do make Bodums, and there was a loss of coffee, it wouldn't have been any more substantial than from pouring the coffee into the cups. Also, I'm pretty sure that the sieve in the press-pot would have prevented most of the grounds from getting into your cup.

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2010 Jun 23
They roast too much.

2009 Aug 11
We ordered an urn of coffee for our wedding from Bridgehead; 50 cups of coffee for about $35, including milk, cream, sugar, cups (which we did not use).

I was really impressed with the service; they misplaced our order and replaced it free of charge. (The misplacement had to do with a change in staff and a leaving staff member not following through).

All in all, very pleased.

2008 Jul 29
Definitely the best coffee chain in Ottawa--fresh, not over-roasted and smooth, smooth. smooth. They're a bit slow on the service. But it's worth it.

(Also, for Brunchies, Stoneface Dolly's serves it as their standby coffee)

2007 May 23
My favourite coffee in Ottawa. I love the Brazilian and Mexican roasts.

2006 Sep 23
I recently tossed my masculine insecurities aside and ordered a "French vanilla latte" at Bridgehead. It was deeeeelicious! :)


2010 Jun 9
I literally just came back from the Bridgehead at Golden and Richmond. A friend invited me for latte and then treated me to an Almondine. We both quite liked them. Really flaky on the outside and the inside had that yummy paste but still had the layers of croissant. It was a pretty decadent treat calories wise I am sure so I best not do that too often but for me it was a delightful treat. I guess different strokes for different folks.

2010 Jun 9
I love the new Bridgehead croissants. I hate the new Bridgehead Almondine. An almond croissant should still taste like a croissant. It should be a bit flaky, a bit crispy and the almond mixture shouldn't be so buttery and thickly layered that it makes the inside of the croissant soggy.

Honestly, I wasn't impressed and I probably won't order it again. On the other hand, they have three other croissants that impress me time and time over.

2010 Apr 29
Very good croissant, should probably have made the top 3 and beat out Le Moulin de Provence... I had the ham & gruyere croissant, amazing! Definitely rich though, maybe a once a week type of indulgence. I wish I would have taken a photo, but I ate the thing too damned quick... was a beautiful looking pastry while it lasted.

2010 Apr 15
The new croissants are better than the average grocery store croissant but they don't really compare to the French Baker ones that they used to carry.

I'll probably get baked goods from elsewhere instead of their now overpriced croissants.

2010 Apr 12
I was not first but I also got one of their croissants this morning. I was pretty dubious about them getting rid of the French Baker croissants and chocolatines but I have to say their new ones are excellent too (the croissant anyway, I did not see any chocolatines). They are very crispy on the outside, soft and flakey on the inside; maybe not as buttery as the French Baker but perhaps closer to what people might expect in a croissant. I'm a fan of the F.B. style but these will certainly do.

2010 Apr 12
I was fortunate enough to be the first to try their new croissants at the new Metcalfe and Sparks store this morning at 6:30 am.

Cheaper than a flight to Paris!!!

Run, run now. They won't last long.

2010 Apr 6
Rumor has it that the new croissants will be made from the same dough that they are using for the Morning Buns (see review below). If this is the case, I think they'll survive just fine.

2010 Apr 6
Gasp! Looks like Bridgehead is switching from French Baker Croissants to... (wait for it) MAKING THEIR OWN! Big shoes to fill! Looks like no croissants at Bridgehead until they get going on April 12th. I am interested to see how this goes down!


2013 Jan 12
I agree that these are great. A nice lemon/orange peel taste mixed in with the sugar is really nice. These are a kind of hard-baked flaky bun. It's hard to describe.

NOTE: Do not eat in your car because you will get pieces and sugar all over everything. This is how you get ants. Do you want ants? No. Eat it carefully over a napkin. Then dispose of the napkin. Lick your lips, enjoy the rest of your coffee. You will still have coffee left because this bun will take all of your concentration.

2013 Jan 12
These are evil, in a good way. Massively delicious and oh so bad for you. Between that and the lemon squares, my willpower fails me every time.

2010 Apr 6
I had only heard of these in passing before visiting Bridgehead this morning. I thought I would give them a, I was impressed.

They peel apart in fluffy layers, and are sweet and spicy with a bit of citrus kick.

I might have to up my cardio training to make up for these...on the other hand, they are smaller than the croissants.

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2011 Oct 15
Unlike other coffee chains in the city, Bridgehead literally gives you ICED coffee.

So you can bring it to the sugar/milk/cream station and put whatever you want in it, if need be.

This is so much better then the other places that give you the disgusting syrup in it.


2011 Nov 3
Bridgehead is possibly the very best place in town to grab a delicious healthy salad to eat on the go. Their salads make a lovely meal, anytime of day. Their Chicken Club with crunchy double-smoked bacon and chunky pieces of tender and juicy marinated chicken topped with tart and creamy lemon basil dressing was to die for.

This picture of their (tuna) Nicoise Salad lightly covered with a beautiful vinaigrette tells part of the salad story being made at Bridgehead.

2011 Jul 12
Since this is the first entry on Bridgehead's scones, I figure I will add a bit of background information: Bridgehead usually has two types of scones, one sweet and one savoury. They had been carrying a cheese scone and a lemon scone for quite some time, and added a maple oatmeal scone recently.

Today, I went in and noticed that there was in place of the lemon scone a lemon-blueberry scone, which I was quite excited by. They looked a bit darker, but I didn't think anything of it. The girl who rung me through a was surprised by the existence of the new scone, so I'm guessing today was the first day.

Anyway, I suspect that either an ingredient was missing or that the dough had been mixed for far too long, because these might have been the driest and toughest scones I have ever tasted. Certainly, they were an anomaly for Bridgehead. Although, my general experience is that they need a few batches to work out any kinks in the recipe. I'm just surprised that they released them, given how tough they were...presumably previous batches weren't as bad.

ETA (September 4): I emailed Bridgehead about this and they agreed with me. The lemon scone returned and they've been working to improve their other scones in the kitchen. Meanwhile, they compensated me a lemon scone on my next visit and since then, their lemon scones have been the best they've ever been!

2011 Jun 21
typicallydia: Can you comment on how much a glass costs? Too pricey for one person might be the right amount for another, if it actually tastes perfect...

2011 Jun 21
Far too pricey for what you know is simple syrup, water an a lemon or two. However, it tastes perfect.





2013 Jan 12
I have developed a slight addiction to those. It's the star anise flavour that makes me like them. They taste like something as opposed to just sugar and the combination with lemon is interesting. And they are fairly tart. If they sold jars of the lemon curd, I would buy some to spread on good bread. Yum!

2010 Mar 29
I too had a lemon square last week after comments from LWB. YUM!!
I'm normally a ginger cookie gal and didn't really take a look at these (likely the colour didn't make me think - hmm that's a lemon square). However, that may change as I love the tart, fresh, lemon zing. I certainly hope they don't mute the flavour, it is lovely as it is. The extra fruit makes it more interesting.

2010 Mar 28
I decided to try Bridgehead's lemon squares after reading these reviews. Normally, being a bit of a chocoholic, I go for their (choc chip) cookies or brownies, but though I'd give these a try. They are excellent, the only thing I wasn't really keen on is that they are much sweeter than I'd normally like. I'm guessing it's the addition of raspberries (as well as sugar, of course). So they are def a bit sweet, but I really loved the strong tart and fresh lemon flavour. I'd def get them again if I wanted something really sweet, but I'm guessing that probably won't be too often.
They are better than other lemon squares I've had though!

2010 Mar 26
These Bridgehead lemon squares are delicious. I'm a sucker for a tart lemon square, and this fit the bill. It has rhubarb, anise, and raspberries in the curd to give it a little extra oomph. I hope they keep it around, one of the cashiers mentioned there had been some complaints that the flavours were too intense... wake up your boring tastebuds Ottawa, these squares rock!

2010 Mar 25
After foodiePrints' recent review on twitter of Bridgehead's new lemon squares recipe, I thought I would pick one up for breakfast.

These ain't your average lemon squares. They are tart, lip-puckering tart! The lemon is sharp and fresh, and there are pieces of rhubarb and raspberries throughout. These are my kind of lemon square (although, every kind of lemon square is my kind of lemon square).



2009 Jun 8
I spoke with one of the Barristas and he told me that the roasting was done outside of Montreal (likely between Ottawa and Montreal)

He also told me that they were preparing the roasting facility as we speak, so I am guessing that they will have some excellent roasting over by the end of the year.

2009 Jan 14
I never realized they roasted locally. I love the freshness of the beans and they can grind it well, but I thought it was roasted from afar.

2009 Jan 14
Coffee at Bridgehead is roasted about an hour's drive from Ottawa, and is used within two weeks of roasting (which is some pretty good turn around for a chain, if you ask me). They also grind it in store (unlike Starbucks/Second Cup), meaning that the roast/blend changes depending upon how quickly they sell out (they grind in 5 lb doses).

The company is working on developing their own roastery within the next year or two.


2011 Oct 15
Organic! Yummy, great to go of you're downtown and don't want to eat IN anywhere.

Comes with a piece of bread as well.


2010 Mar 19
Usually, I am a fan of their sandwiches, either the tofu/peanut butter spread, or the cheese and tomato, with wicked Dijon.

However, much to my sadness today, the person who made the tofu spread at their kitchen left out the peanut butter. It was, as my friend's 2 year-old says, a bit yuckty.

But, I know I will eat one again next week.