Open only since March 2018, The Moorcock Inn (a reincarnated village freehouse) with its organic kitchen garden, homemade charcuterie, open fire cooking, natural wines and local draught beers (plus Belgian specialities), is already becoming a major contender.
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“Each bite is a flavour bomb – you can taste the passion on the plate” at chef Al Brooke-Taylor and partner sommelier Aimee Turford’s “very unassuming pub” on the moors above Halifax. “It’s one of the most constantly surprising (in a great way!) and delicious tasting places to eat in the country”, with “rustic, locally foraged ingredients”, cooked “using open fires and incredible pickling and fermenting techniques”. “The front of house team is delightful and the natural-wine-focused list is fantastic.”
“It exploded onto the food scene two years ago, garnering two broadsheet reviews in quick succession… serving cod collar with XO sauce, fire-roasted razor clams with wild garlic – what were they thinking? This is Calderdale for god’s sake!” And Alisdair Brooke-Taylor and Aimee Turford are still absolutely smashing it at this converted moorland pub, ably delivering “mind-blowing meals” from a “surprising menu using exciting local ingredients”. “You would expect to pay three times as much in London, and would still feel you had got a bargain!”
“It exploded onto the food scene last year garnering two broadsheet reviews in quick succession… serving cod collar with XO sauce, fire-roasted razor clams with wild garlic – what were they thinking? This is Calderdale for god’s sake!” And Alisdair Brooke-Taylor and Aimee Turford are still absolutely smashing it at this converted moorland pub, ably delivering “mind-blowing meals” from a “surprising menu using exciting local ingredients”. “You would expect to pay three times as much in London, and would still feel you had got a bargain!”
“It came out of nowhere!” – “You will need your satnav” to find this lonely pub that feels marooned on’t moors (but is actually quite near the M62). “From the outside, it’s a bare, unadorned building, and is pretty much the same inside, with a distinct lack of frills and ornamentation”. Under new ownership since February 2018, it’s immediately making a major name for itself (including in the national press) – “just hope it doesn’t get too busy now the secret is out!”. “A former sous-chef from respected Belgian restaurant, ‘In De Wulf’, has arrived in Calderdale and is doing extraordinary food”. “They make their own charcuterie and sourdough bread and cultured butter” and “with two repurposed pizza ovens they make their own charcoal and have an impressive charcoal stove-BBQ contraption”. “When it comes to the resulting food, it’s a sort of Basque Etxebarri meets Nordic on the Pennine moors, or maybe a sort of Rogan-style for people who like to eat heartily rather than be merely titillated”. “Exquisite!” Service is “really friendly and knowledgeable” too. “The wine list is apparently largely natural, but I had one of the best pints of bitter I’ve had in a long time”. “It’s a complete gem – I’ve now been nine times since it opened!”
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The Moorcock Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We were eagerly expecting our visit as The Moorcock had been so bigged up by many reviewers. And the outcome was a curates egg. The food was just above good, but not really exceptional. My partner loved the broad beans in lovage salt, but my steak tartare was a tad flavourless (although the toast it sat on was really good - weirdly). The service was very friendly and helpful, but the table was sticky. The drinks list was, however, incredible. The wine selection very careful and reasonably priced. The list of other drinks - including kambucha - was beyond anything we have seen before. The bill was very reasonable, so the summary was that if we lived in Sowerby Bridge or Halifax we would probably go once a month or more, but it is not worth a 2 hour drive. Especially when one has the Paradise on our doorstep! "
|Wine per bottle||£24.00|
Moorbottom Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3RP
|Thursday||4 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||4 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑6 pm|