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The Butchers Arms Hepworth

Hepworth, Yorkshire

Steeped in history and nestled in the hills of the Peak District, the Butchers Arms in Hepworth is at the heart of the village.

Fully refreshed by new operators in 2021, incorporating a state-of-the-art kitchen, the Butchers Arms is firmly back on the gastro scene in this picturesque corner of West Yorkshire.

Set in the middle of the ancient village of Hepworth, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book and still celebrates being one of the pioneers of quarantine, which saved the village in the plague year of 1665, the pub first opened its doors more than a century and a half ago, dedicated to quenching the thirsts of mill workers.

Today, with its stone floors and open fire, and a decked beer garden, it continues to offer a warm welcome in a traditional atmosphere with some stunning views down the Holme Valley.

Hearty Yorkshire food is the speciality of the Butchers Arms, perhaps starting with crispy belly pork with poached pear and ginger, Bramley white port puree, black pudding crumble and crackling, or a simple Yorkshire pudding with gravy.

Moving onto the main course, you might have a roast pigeon breast with honey-roast carrots, thyme fondant potatoes, parsnip puree and game jus, and even the fish and chips is super-charged with a batter made with Timothy’s Taylor’s ale and chips fried in beef dripping – alongside mushy peas, of course. And the Butchers is also good for 30-day dry aged steaks.

It’s worth leaving room for dessert, too, a sticky toffee pudding, perhaps, or apple and cinnamon crumble.

For drinks, there’s a well-chosen wine list, including champagnes, and an extensive selection of gins, and if you’re not going for the full meal, a tempting bar snacks menu, including those chips, complement Yorkshire-brewed ales from Taylor’s and Bradfield’s. They’ll shake you up a cocktail, too.

And if you’ve a wedding coming up, this could be the perfect spot, with dining for up to 50 people.

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