12 of the best dining pubs in West Yorkshire

Fireplace at the Shibden Mill Inn

Fireplace at the Shibden Mill Inn - Credit: Archant

West Yorkshire certainly has some strong contenders for the cosiest pubs in the county. Here a dozen that you might like to try.

The 3 Acres Inn and Restaurant, Huddersfield The 3 Acres has been under the same ownership for 40 years and consistently provides top notch prepared by top chefs using market-fresh produce. The inn, set in the Pennine countryside, has collected many accolades for its food and first class service including picking up Yorkshire Life’s Dining Pub of the Year 2015 award. The Three Acres, Roydhouse, Shelley, Nr Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 8LR www.3acres.com

The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch, Leeds This is a modern dining pub recommended often for its Yorkshire Sunday roast. The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch claims a great wine list and staff are happy to recommend drink pairings for each dish be they ales, wines or cocktails. And don’t worry about leaving your pooch at the door, as this is a dog friendly pub, with areas where you can drink and dine comfortably with your pet. The Queen ‘o ‘t owd Thatch, 101 High Street, South Milford LS25 5AQ www.theqott.com

The Reliance, North Street, Leeds An informal pub where a leisurely pint is encouraged but which also serves fine seasonal food including their home-cured charcuterie range. Choose dishes from their lunch, supper, Sunday and pre-theatre menus. And if there is a bit of a wait, there’s a great selection of drinks to keep you happy at the bar. The Reliance, North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN www.the-reliance.co.uk

Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax The award-winning Shibden Inn has a reputation for warm hospitality and excellent dining using local produce and vegetables from its own kitchen garden. There is an extensive range of dishes to choose from including breakfast, Sunday lunch, a set lunch and early bird as well as afternoon tea menus. Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL www.shibdenmillinn.com

The Butchers Arms, Hepworth Tuck into some fine dining from the al a carte menu. The sweet corn fritters with avocado, chilli and coriander sounds like a perfect starter. There is a fixed price menu too with delicious sounding dishes including harissa spiced fish goujons with lime and chilli mayonnaise. Definitely worth a visit in our book. 38 Town Gate, Hepworth, Huddersfield, Holmfirth HD9 1TE www.thebutchersarms-hepworth.co.uk

Ring O’ Bells, Thornton, Bradford Check out the lunch and early evening menus at this lovely pub which is now under new ownership. It’s still one of the best in West Yorkshire and the proof has to be in their puddings; the warm plum fruit pudding with rum and raisin ice cream sounds delicious. 212 Hill Top Road, Thornton, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD13 3QL www.theringobells.com

Cow and Calf, Ilkley The Cow and Calf is a country pub with wonderful views over Wharfedale, an idyllic backdrop for a good meal including classic beer battered line-caught cod and chips. The bar serves cask ales and a selection of fine wines to pair with your meal. Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT www.vintageinn.co.uk/content/vintage-inn/en/restaurants/yorkshire/thecowandcalfilkley

The Black Horse Inn, Brighouse Does the idea of posh pie and peas whet your appetite? It’s just one of the dishes (lamb and mint pie, pea puree, black pudding and anchovy potato cake, baby carrots, mint jus) on the a la carte dinner menu at this attractive pub which enjoys a long standing reputation for excellent food. The Black Horse Inn, Westgate, Clifton, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 4HJ www.blackhorseclifton.co.uk

The Bingley Arms, Bardsey near Leeds The award-winning pub is one of the oldest in the country and is described as the perfect place to stop for a drink of real ale or to eat rustic. There is a wide variety of dishes on the menu and more than 100 wines from around the world on the wine list. The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds LS17 9DR www.bingleyarms.co.uk

The Moorlands Inn, Halifax Home-cooked style food is served at The Moorlands using the best of fresh meat, diary produce and vegetables and even the ice cream is churned on the premises. It’s definitely worth a look-in. Keighley Road, Ogden, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 8XD www.moorlandshalifax.co.uk

The Old Silent Inn, Haworth This award-winning pub has a reputation for fresh food with ingredients supplied by award-winning food producers, so a win-win situation that can only add up to excellent dining as well as good value. We like the sound of homemade steak and Old Peculier pie. Hob Lane, Stanbury, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 0HW www.oldsilentinnhaworth.co.uk

Ilkley Moor Vaults, Ilkley Or the Taps, as this pub is known locally. It’s proud to be all about slow food with everything prepared from scratch including its sauces and pickles. There’s a kitchen garden which supplies all the herbs and vegetables and their menus cater for vegetarians, celiac and diary intolerant…they claim no one leaves hungry. Treats for your pets behind the bar too. Stockeld Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 9H www.ilkleymoorvaults.co.uk


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