The Woodman Inn
We settled down for dinner next to the scented log fire in this cosy 18th-century country inn in Kirkburton, which is just four miles outside of Huddersfield. Deciding what to choose from the extensive menu was tricky, but the friendly and well-informed staff were more than happy to offer their recommendations. Sticking to their Yorkshire roots, The Woodman Inn uses fresh ingredients that are all locally sourced, including the incredible salt-aged beef from Ripon-based R&J Butchers.
Cask ales from award-winning local brewery Small World Beers are well worth a try. The wine list is enticing and diverse, with some unexpected choices from the connoisseur list. I tried a beautiful Italian Barolo, which was simply divine. Dining from the à la carte menu, I chose the beautifully presented beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with pickled and candied golden and red beetroot, goat’s cheese and an orange dressing. This was followed by the chef’s daily special of the intriguing lamb and mutton pie with braised red cabbage. For dessert, I simply had to plump for the sticky toffee pudding with warm toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream, and I’m glad that I did. My partner chose The Woodman’s pork, ham hock and black pudding terrine, served with fig and pear chutney and toasted sourdough to start. The Waterford Farm salt-aged rib-eye steak was cooked perfectly and was served with triple-cooked chips, vine tomatoes and caramelised shallots. The quality of the meat was evident in its rich flavour. All of the dishes were tasty and immaculately presented, and we were pleased we didn’t skip dessert, despite the generous portions. The white chocolate parfait coated in raspberry crisps and fresh seasonal fruit was surprisingly light – the perfect way to conclude a truly delightful meal.
With a total of 19 luxurious guest rooms and cottages now available, The Woodman Inn upholds the traditions of a country inn while fulfilling all of your modern creature comforts, making it a destination to put at the top of your list.