A WINTER SUNDAY AT SHIBDEN MILL INN!
During the Christmas break I decided to have a break from blogging, however I did get the chance to visit a few lovely places that I would love to share with you this month, starting with a trip to Shibden Mill Inn. I would firstly like to wish everyone a huge Happy New Year and I can’t wait to share with you everything I already have planned this year. Let’s all make 2019 the best year yet!
Just before Christmas it was my dad’s birthday, so we decided to go for a lovely Sunday dinner at Shibden Mill Inn. I haven’t been here since my Uncle had his wedding here over 10 years ago, so I had no clue what to expect. This is a lovely hidden gem in the Shibden Valley just outside of Halifax, it’s an amazing picturesque location. We were even lucky enough to visit their Christmas markets which were held the same weekend. The Christmas markets were full of lovely local products, food and of course mulled wine and was a super festive event. Once we had finished going around the markets we went inside, were we got a lovely warm welcome and taken to our seat’s downstairs in the bar area. There is also the option to book upstairs in the restaurant too, if you prefer. The bar area downstairs has a lovely rustic feels, with open fires, low beamed ceilings and cosy seating.
Now for the best bit, the food! As it was a special occasion and of course Christmas season, we all had to indulge in 3 courses. Starting with the smoked haddock croquettes, confit leeks, Lincolnshire poacher custard, and dill oil. Which are priced at £7. These were lovely, just the right amount of fish and cheese, a lovely light starter! I really enjoyed this dish and would recommend it you are a fish fan! My mum and sister opted for the Venison liver parfait, onion and blueberry chutney and brioche loaf with smoked Butter, which was £9. To be honest I wasn’t too keen on the pate as the venison was far too strong for my liking, and the bread came as a little loaf, which was very cute, and looked great, but super hard to cut and spread the pate on to, which was a real shame!
Next a good old roast dinner with roasties, mash, vegetables, gravy and of course as we are at a Yorkshire pub, we had to have Yorkshire Puddings. I went for the pork loin and crackling, which also came with a lovely bit of black pudding. This was priced at a reasonable £15, which was great for the size and quality of the food. The meat was juicy and tender, however I could have done with more crackling (which I say wherever I go). If you are wanting a great Yorkshire roast dinner, and some lovely Sunday comfort food, I would go check out Shibden mill Inn as my pork roast was delicious.
However, my mum and sister had the Roast Beef, clearly, they made all the wrong options on this day. This was a pound more at £16. My sister found the beef very tasteless and bland and even though she did ask for the beef to be pink it was very close to being rare. Which I don’t mind at all, but some would be put off! My mum also found her beef tasteless but said everything else was lovely. Especially the mash. I would love their mash recipe as it was easily some of the best I have had!
For dessert we all ordered something different which never happens, but all the desserts where super yummy just some could have been bigger! And they were all only £7. I decided to go for something I wouldn’t usually order, and I am so glad I did. Pumpkin egg custard with carrot cake, pumpkin curd, candied pumpkin seeds served with a black treacle ice cream. This wasn’t as rich or sickly as I had expected it to be and the ice cream was amazing! I am not a huge fan of ice cream, but I could have had the black treacle ice cream in the bucket loads. I did however have food envy when my sister’s Sticky toffee pudding arrived, it was the first place that drowned it in gooey toffee sauce, the perfect ratio of cake, sauce and ice cream, YUMMY! My dad ordered the apple cheesecake with treacle tart, pine gel, poached blackberries and apple crackling which he said was great, but the portions were tiny, and he could of probably ate 2 of them maybe even 3! Finally, my mum ordered the toasted barley pannacotta with burnt white chocolate, raspberry sorbet, puffed barley and malt powder, which must have been good because I barely got a glimpse of it before she had finished it!
Overall, our trip to Shibden Mill Inn was lovely! The food was your typical Yorkshire pub comfort food, with a twist. Event though some dishes were slightly disappointing it hasn’t put me off going again to see what it is like during the week. They also hold ‘guinea pig’ evenings, where you go not knowing what they well serve you and give them feedback. There is also the chance to win prizes. This is something I am definitely planning to do this year!
Hope you enjoyed another review and let me know your opinions of the Shibden Mill Inn, in the comments below!
I am thinking of changing my post-dates to Wednesday at 5pm, with a new series on my blog being posted on Fridays. So, expect some great reviews, good or bad, of all the places I go to and other exciting things happening in 2019!