In the end, it was the gooseberries that swung it. Not a full frontal assault by an army of the little prickly fellas.
But a wonderfully tangy taste that sneaked up alongside a trembling mound of panna cotta to create a stunning dessert.
That's often the way it is: it's the little things that matter.
And in this case, that gooseberry and panna cotta dessert at The Spiced Pear in Hepworth made what was a good experience into a memorable one.
At The Spiced Pear, they do the little things with style and panache.
Little things like a dish of olives in a devilish chilli oil.
Little things like exposed stone walls and huge gilded mirrors to create a superb ambience in the restaurant.
Little things like a pianist tinkling away on the ivories as we sank deep into comfortable armchairs to enjoy a pre-dinner drink.
Those little things are just part of the package, however and the main reason for the early success of The Spiced Pear is chef Tim Bilton and his expertise in the kitchen.
The chef and owner made his name at the nearby Butchers Arms Hepworth, turning it into a thriving dining pub and winning numerous awards along the way including Best Gastro Pub 2010 at the Great British Pub Awards.
He also won the title of Deliciously Yorkshire Champion in 2011-12 and appeared twice
on the BBC’s Great British Menu and the Alan Titchmarsh Show.
He and his family bought The Spiced Pear on Sheffield Road earlier this year and gave it a radical makeover to create a vibrant new venue.
Formerly The Hepworth, and prior to that Cragrats, the venue features the restaurant, a cocktail lounge bar and the Fourteas tearoom decked out with antiques from the 1940s.
But this is a blustery October evening and we are not here for afternoon tea. We are on a mission to sample Bilton's a la carte menu with five starters, five mains and five desserts.
It's not a cheap venture, with prices ranging from £7.95 to £12.95 for starters and the main courses heading up past the £30 mark. But you pay for an experience.
The lounge bar is busy and buzzing on a Friday evening and there is time to admire the decor and savour the olives as we make our choices.
Inside the restaurant, the attention turns to the food and it is admirable.
My starter was the hot and smoked salmon. There were folds of superbly smooth smoked salmon, topped with flaky hot smoky fish and served with a beautiful soft-boiled egg. A subtle lemon salad, orange puree and a tiny pepperpot complete the picture.
Linda had opted for scallops and they were a delight, cooked just enough to avoid being rubbery if somewhat on the small side. But it was the accompaniments that drew attention; a small portion of juicy belly pork and a stunning treatment of a black pudding that she described as “almost chocolaty”.
Tim Bilton is a veteran of the hugely-successful Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival and I know what the man can do with a cut of beef.
That's why I went for the brisket and was not disappointed.
A large tender chunk of braised meat sat on top of creamed potatoes flavoured with horseradish and accompanied by carrots, mushrooms and the excellent braised balsamic onions.
It wasn’t a huge meal but one where every single element brought something to the plate.
Linda chose the rump of lamb, which is not the usual cut you find in local restaurants. It was beautifully pink and moist, and was accompanied by a spicy lamb faggot which again was delicate and different. Add the smoked and roasted aubergine, the Baby Gem lettuce and the port jus and you get the picture. The emphasis is good food well-cooked and presented.
We dithered over dessert, but in the end opted for something light – and what a stunning choice.
Gooseberries, panna cotta and a cleverly-roasted honeycomb crumb rounded off an eating-out experience.
Sheffield Rd, New Mill, Holmfirth, HD9 7TP
Tel: 01484 683775
Opening hours: 12pm-9pm, Monday to Sunday
The bill: £84.50 inc drinks
Would you go back? Definitely