Every time we go back up North we’re surprised at how many lovely new independent places have opened up, and we’re lucky enough to have eaten at a ton of restaurants and lovely pubs because Marcus’ parents love eating out too, so there’s never a time that we’ll go back and not go out for dinner 🙂 There are a lot of little gems I could write about but it seems only fitting that I start here – one of the first places that I went to and a place that we never fail to visit every time we go back up, even if it’s just for coffee and cake or to pick up some of their incredible steak pies to bring back down South with us!
I’ve been going to this place pretty much as long as I’ve been with Marcus. From the first time I ever stayed at his parent’s place in Huddersfield I remember coming home to a fridge full of their bacon, sausages, ham, pies, free range eggs with the brightest orange yolks, fresh fruit and veg. We’re lucky enough that it’s just round the corner so we used to wander (okay.. drive.. we can be SO lazy 😛 ) down and see what we’d fancy for tea or pick up fresh ingredients for a Sunday morning fry up (after we ate his poor mum out of everything she had on the Saturday!).
Over the years they’ve expanded a lot. I can’t even remember what it used to look like when we first started going, but now they sell a huge selection of top-quality products. They have a huge meat counter selling every cut of beef you can imagine and a selection of other meats including pork, lamb, chicken, venison, bacon and sausages. They make some amazing chicken kebabs in a huge range of flavours and marinades.. we’ve tried them all but I think my favourites are garlic butter and peri peri 🙂 They have a huge selection of fresh fruit and veg, yogurts, milk, jams, chutneys, crackers, sweets, biscuits and baking essentials.
They also make a selection of pies. We’ve tried quite a few but our favourite by far is their steak pie! They do a big ‘family’ pie (which really only serves two 😛 ) but the individual steak pies are definitely my favourite. Crispy, buttery pastry absolutely packed full of incredibly tender steak and gravy. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pie more packed with good quality meat.. I’ll never forget the first time I had one! I was at University at the time and I’d regularly buy Asda supermarket pies (the type where you’re lucky if you find more than one chunk of meat in the entire pie!) but once I tried these I never went back. They’re a bargain at under two pounds too!
Recently they have also started doing a selection of ‘ready meals’. They do a big range and we’ve tried a fair few, but our favourite is probably the pulled pork. It comes in a variety of flavours, the meat is so soft and tender, and you just shove it in the oven for half an hour and it’s perfect!
Of course my favourite section is the sweet section. They have a counter with freshly baked items such as cakes, flapjacks, pastries, slices and absolutely huge scones! I’m always moaning that I wish cakes were bigger but I definitely can’t complain about their scones – they’re about three times the size of the average supermarket scone!
They also have packaged cakes to take away like caramel shortbreads, biscuits, loaf cakes and an incredible tea loaf packed full of fruit which I love toasted with a generous layer of butter spread on top.
At Christmas they make the most incredible mince pies too – I never used to like mince pies when I was younger, I’d always just pick the pastry off but in the last few years I’ve started to love them, and I’d say I’ve sampled my fair share but these are definitely up there with the best I’ve ever had. They come in a selection box of six, each one slightly different which I think is a lovely touch.. I think the one with the crumble topping is my favourite.
If you’re ever in the area though, Hadfields bakery do mince pies which you bake yourself in the oven at home and they too are absolutely incredible – you just can’t beat a freshly baked pie! They have some old fashioned sweet jars too. I’ll admit I’m not a huge sweet fan at all – I am a true chocoholic and would never choose sweets over chocolate.. but they do the cutest little pick and mix bags for only a pound which I can never resist picking up to snack on when we go.
It started off as just a farm shop but a few years ago they opened up a coffee shop. It’s always packed, and with good reason! They do good quality, simple food at very reasonable prices using home grown ingredients and we absolutely love it 🙂 We’re regular visitors when we go home for the weekend and we’re never disappointed. They do a huge fry up, generous pots of tea and simple coffees which come with little biscuits (it’s the little touches 🙂 )
They also have award winning bacon and sausage sandwiches which are perfect for breakfast but available all day (breakfast is by far the best meal of the day after all!). At lunch, they have a big range of sandwiches, pies and other hot meals – we love the hot beef sandwich which comes with a jug of gravy! They also serve a selection of their freshly baked cakes 🙂
It always feels so warm and homely inside their cafe.. it fits perfectly with the relaxed pace of life here and I love how generous their portions are – it’s so refreshing to get away from the silly diet-culture and small portions of London – Northerners really know how to eat 😉
If you’re ever in Huddersfield I thoroughly recommend this place – considering how small they are they’ve won multiple awards and their pies are honestly the best I’ve ever had!*
*Apparently it’s not just me who thinks that either – they’ve won awards for Britain’s best pie and were voted Yorkshire’s best cafe by HeartFM.. http://www.bolstermoorfarmshop.co.uk/champions-year-on-year