Cracking the top 40 at the first time of asking – and in time for its third anniversary in March 2021 – the Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor offers an ever-evolving seasonal menu alongside views over West Yorkshire’s Ryburn Valley.
The modestly self-proclaimed “cosy” pub champions traditional homesteading techniques, cooking over fire and the sourcing of high-quality local, seasonal and wild ingredients and purchases whole animals from a select few local small holdings that mostly work with the Rare Breed Survival Trust for its menu.
What’s more, the Moorcock’s green credentials see it sustainably fish in native waters – never snapping up fish from trawlers – and use organic, sometimes home-grown, sometimes foraged, vegetables.
The Moorcock also flies in the face of traditional fine dining by often not constructing dishes as individual starters or main courses, according to its website, advising four or five plates per couple.
Whetting ones beak is far from an afterthought, with the Moorcock offering an ever-changing array of craft beers, and four cask pours- of which two regularly rotate, while wines are all hand-made by small producers, farmed organically or biodynamically, and are chosen for their “purity, freshness, balance and occasional quirkiness”.