The Woodman Inn
The Woodman Inn is a beautiful 18th-century country inn located just four miles outside Huddersfield in the charming hamlet of Thunder Bridge. This stunning stone building is near to Holmfirth, the famous beauty spot that provided the filming location for Last of the Summer Wine. Whether you pop by to enjoy a refreshing drink in the summer or sample a tipple by the open fire during winter, there’s plenty on offer at this delightful restaurant.
We ordered from the à la carte menu, from which I chose the beautifully presented Whitby crab fritter with shellfish bisque, sharp lemon mayonnaise and crispy capers. This was followed by the chef’s daily special of beef Wellington with gratin Dauphinoise potatoes and rich red wine sauce. For dessert, I couldn’t resist the warm treacle tart topped with lashings of clotted cream and fresh berries – the perfect way to conclude a truly delightful meal. Everything we sampled was superb and immaculately presented – the care and attention to detail was eveident in every mouthful.
To drink, you can choose from one of the carefully selected cask ales on offer, including ale from award-winning local brewery Small World Beers. The Woodman also offers a hearty three-course Sunday lunch for £22, which includes roasted Yorkshire sirloin. Those visiting in the daytime can choose from the enticing lunchtime menu, or for a real treat plump for afternoon tea with friends.
With a total of 19 luxurious guest rooms and three stunning renovated cottages, there’s also the option to stay overnight before exploring the local countryside. The Woodman Inn also has two large function rooms making it a great location for weddings, conferences and private parties, upholding the traditional charm of a country inn while meeting all of your modern comfort needs. This is a destination to put at the top of your list, whether you have a large event or you’re simply looking for a delicious meal with family and friends. The Woodman boasts an amazing atmosphere, with friendly, attentive and well-informed staff on-hand to ensure your visit is memorable for all the right reasons.