Top 50 Gastropubs


Shibden Mill Inn

Halifax, Yorkshire

Nestled in photogenic Shibden Valley, 17th century West Yorkshire pub the Shibden Mill Inn in Fold, Halifax, made its Top 50 Gastropub bow on the 2020 list.

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The pub also snatched the title of Best Pub for Food at the 2022 Great British Pub Awards.

We’ll get to the food and drink in a minute, but we’d first like to point out the fact that this gastropub has 11 boutique guest rooms that have been designed with comfort and relaxation in mind.

Not to be outshone, head chef Will Webster and his team have carefully curated wonderful menus including Sunday lunch, à la carte and tasting.

On the à la carte menu, you can expect to find dishes such as puffed cod skins with horseradish and crème fraîche; baked cheddar with ale bread and Marmite butter; and Shibden Ale sausage roll with caramelised apple ketchup to nibble on.

Starters have included barbecue turnip with white bean, apple and savoy; Yorkshire game pressing with pickled walnut purée, candied walnuts and turnip cream; and cured monkfish with pumpkin, dukkah spice and strawberry vinegar.

Mains have consisted of halibut loin with Romanesco, black pudding, apple, radish, potatoes confit in crustacean oil and bisque sauce; Waterford beef loin, Jacob’s Ladder, celeriac, malt and onions; and salt-baked celeriac with hen of the woods, baron bigod, hispi cabbage and burnt apple.

You’ll also be spoiled for choice when it comes to drinks, with the pub offering a wide selection of beer, wine, and spirits.

But beyond the pub, there is a whole world outside awaiting visitors including many walks and places to cycle.

The location also offers stunning picture-postcard views of West Yorkshire and the Shibden Estate is where Anne Lister – aka Gentleman Jack – once resided, with the BBC and HBO recently launching a series about the character.

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