If you’re planning a day out in the Yorkshire countryside, then Yummy Yorkshire’s Hide & Hoof Restaurant is the perfect pitstop. On a working dairy farm high above Denby Dale, it has stunning views of expansive fields criss-crossed by picturesque dry stone walls. My mum and I visited on a sunny, summer afternoon and the many shades of green laid out before us were unbelievably striking.
Yummy Yorkshire (which is also home to an ice cream parlour, raw milk vending machine and wedding barn) is clearly popular. As we pulled up cyclists were stacking up their bikes and heading inside for refreshments, children were shrieking with delight in the new play area and friends nattered over sandwiches in the afternoon sun.
We took a table overlooking the yard where tractors were going about their usual business (a sight which would have made my three-year-old godson very happy) and ordered an elderflower virgin mojito and a raspberry rippler mocktail (£4.50 each). Bursting with zingy fruit, both were served in jam jars with candy cane straws.
Hide & Hoof is Yorkshire’s answer to the Deep South with its big barn doors, American-style booths, and a low and slow grill, complete with beef brisket, pit beans and an impressive burger menu. But the decor takes its inspiration from the farm itself – everywhere you look there are dairy emblems, from the vibrant cow paintings on the walls to the milk bottle lighting and the steel troughs embedded in the large tables (which are filled with ice and bottles of fizz for functions).
The menu is full of local produce too. My mum, who suffers from a range of allergies, happily tucked into a creamy Yorkshire halloumi burger with gluten-free bread (£10.95), while I opted for a chicken caesar salad with a sweet, yet salty anchovy dressing, smoked bacon lardons (£8.95) and an extra portion of sweet potato fries (£3.95). A word to the fainthearted: these are impressive portions (it’s easy to see why cyclists come to fill their boots) but the freshness of the ingredients meant we had no difficulty finishing them off.
Ice cream (you might have guessed) is something of a speciality here and having clocked the counter on the way in, crammed with flavours as diverse as pear, liquorice and blackcurrant, apple crumble and banoffee pie, we had to give it a try. Yummy Yorkshire employ a full-time ice cream maker (what a job!) and they sell tubs to take away if you’re feeling outfaced, but, trust me, you won’t want to miss out.
The banana split with vanilla and caramel ice cream was just about the most indulgent dessert I’ve ever seen (£5.50). Piled high with caramel sauce and fresh cream, it was every bit as good as it looked. Smooth ice cream matched with sweet flavours, it reduced my mum to a child in a sweet shop, while I savoured every mouthful of my Malteser warm waffle with Malteser and chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and crushed Maltesers (£6.50).
By the end we were feeling about as content as pigs in, erm, manure and I doubt the friendly staff (who treated customers like long-lost friends) would have batted an eyelid if we’d decided to have a little lie down on the grass. But we bundled back into the car vowing that we’d be back for brunch, one of the Saturday à la carte evenings or the monthly Market on the Farm events.
What we expected: Sweet treats from an award-winning dairy.
What we got: A masterful celebration of Yorkshire farming and its incredible produce.
What we wish we’d tried: The salted caramel milkshake topped with freshly whipped cream.
Delph House Farm, High Flatts,
Denby Dale HD8 8XY