The 17th century Shibden Mill Inn in Fold, Halifax, is a new entry on the 2020 Top 50 Gastropubs list and is nestled in the picture-postcard valley of Shibden.
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.
There are nine menus to choose from including breakfast, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, à la carte and tasting, all carefully curated by head chef Will Webster and his team.
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.