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.
Harden's survey result
“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!”
The Moorcock Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews
"High time that a Hardens score was adorned. Spendid pub with food which belies the settings, and a venue which will soon be a destination. "
"You can eat marvelous food in the bar or in the restaurant and occasionally they have special events. Whenever you go you can expect a surprising meal with exciting local ingredients."
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
Moorbottom Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3RP
|Wednesday||3 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||3 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||3 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑6 pm|