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The Shibden Mill Inn The Shibden Mill Inn
Eat and Drink
October 2022
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When it comes to dining in Halifax there's plenty of choice

From award-winning country pubs to tastes from across the world, here's our top 10 picks.
The Shibden Mill Inn

1885 The Venue
The Recreation Ground, Stainland, Halifax HX4 9HF
01422 310099
In the restaurant, watch the chefs work their magic in the open-plan kitchen and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail before tucking into the five-course tasting menu. In the pub, cosy up in front of the roaring fire on colder days, or enjoy a refreshing pint of ale in the sun trap patio area.

The Booth Wood Inn
Oldham Road, Rishworth, Halifax HX6 4QU
01422 825600
This traditional country pub is nestled in the rural surroundings of Rishworth, serving hearty pub grub as well as a range of local and craft beers. We’re big fans of their £5 classics and retro menu, where you can enjoy a tasty beef stew and dumplings or haddock and chips for a fiver.

Alibi Bar and Restaurant 
Somerset House, 10 Rawson Street, Halifax HX1 1NH
01422 320899
This boutique restaurant and bar has a vibrant bar area, a Grand Salon dining room and an outdoor terrace for when the weather permits. Their main menu includes truffled mac and cheese, grilled seabass fillet and roast belly pork, and they also offer bottomless brunch for those wanting to indulge at the weekend.

The Shibden Mill Inn
Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax HX3 7UL
01422 365840
An award-winning country inn in the beautiful Shibden Valley – enjoy warm hospitality and first-class dining here. Visit at the weekend to sample their Sunday lunch menu – crispy ox cheek, Belgian ale rarebit, pickled onion mayo and chive to start, followed by lamb rump with all the trimmings. There’s banana bread with miso millionaire for dessert if you’ve got room.

Holdsworth House
The Booth Wood Inn
Ricci’s Place Ricci’s Place

Ricci’s Place  
4 Crossley Street, Halifax HX1 1UG
01422 740001
This family-run restaurant in the heart of Halifax offer fresh and seasonal food served straight from their open kitchen. From handcrafted pasta to fresh seafood and juicy chargrilled meats, as well as irresistible homemade desserts and an extensive wine and beer menu, it’s no wonder Ricci’s Place is popular with the locals.

Holdsworth House
Holdsworth, Halifax HX2 9TG
01422 240024
Holdsworth House is a Jacobean manor house that’s home to a superb restaurant serving plenty of tempting options. Our favourite three-course meal would be seared king scallops with parma ham, Yorkshire salt-aged yow loin with lamb fat potatoes and mint jus, followed by passionfruit and white chocolate marquise with coconut and passionfruit tuille.

Old White Beare 
Village Street, Halifax HX3 8QG
01274 676645
Everything on the menu at Old White Beare is locally-sourced and made fresh in house – even the ice cream and desserts. Head along for afternoon tea, served Monday to Saturday, and enjoy seasonal sandwiches, handmade cakes, tarts and scones served with clotted cream and fruit preserve – and why not upgrade to include a glass of fizz? You deserve it.

Sowerby Bridge:
Engine Social Dining

Engine Social Dining 
72 Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AF
01422 740123
This exciting small plates restaurant which opened its doors in the summer of 2018 is led by award-winning chef Mark Kemp, who creates a melting pot of bold and fresh flavours, cherry-picked from all corners of the world and brought together in his vibrant dining room.  From Korean spring rolls to Moroccan pulled lamb, paprika tiger prawns and picante chorizo, there’s a flavour for all palates here.

The Moorcock Inn 
Moor Bottom Lane, Norland, Sowerby Bridge HX6 3R
01422 832103
Enjoy the view over Ryburn Valley and the surrounding acres of moorland from within this cosy country pub. Serving seasonal food which is cooked over fire from their ever-changing menu, dishes here are often not constructed as starter or main courses – rather guests are encouraged to order four or five plates per couple and enjoy the locally-sourced meat and organic vegetables used to create mouth-watering dishes.

76 Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AF
01422 839329
Gimbals uses a range of seasonal, local and wild organic ingredients to create finely-crafted plates of food, served in its eclectic Blighty-themed interior. Diners return again and again to enjoy the Persian-spiced duck breast salad

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