Martine and I were definitely in need of some comfort food after our not-too-successful round of golf at Woodsome Hall on Tuesday.
We had been playing in the tri-am event at the annual Huddersfield Halifax Ladies’ Golf Festival. Despite our best efforts and Olympic team spirit, we had inexplicably finished up a massive 15 points behind the eventual winners.
Tracey, the third member of our team was sorely tempted to join us, but in the end did the decent thing instead and picked up her husband from hospital following his double knee operation.
So it was just two of us who headed for a traditional pub with a growing reputation for its home-produced food. Its popularity was evident from the number of cars parked outside and we had to leave ours some way up Woodhead Road
Owners Sue and Grahame Nutt formerly ran the Farmer’s Arms at Burnlee, Holmfirth. And the two of them have brought their combined skills to Jake’s, as some of the locals affectionately refer to it.
Originally a nurse, Sue has been in catering for 25 years and Grahame was in shop and bar fitting. They gutted the interior of this once-popular pub, which was closed for over two months before they officially re-opened it on August 17, 2012. Tomorrow they are celebrating their first anniversary with an all-day barbecue, all proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
First impressions were positive. The exterior looks like a traditional Yorkshire pub should: solid, stone-built with flowers and twinkly lights inside, very inviting. Inside the bright, roomy interior, there are warm white walls and newly-upholstered banks and chairs in earthy tones. Some walls have been taken out and alcoves created to allow free-flowing between the three main rooms.
The place was already busy when we arrived, with a pensioners’ party of two dozen taking up one room and the other two being more than half occupied. Tables were well-spaced, so you couldn’t hear every word from the ladies on the next table (despite straining our ears).
We like the choice and flexibility of the drinks, with 11 beers and lagers on pumps, plus bottled options. All 14 thoughtfully-chosen wines were available as a small glass (from £3.05), large glass (£4.35) or bottle. Prices ranged from £12.45 for an excellent South African Cabernet Merlot, with long legs and lots of body, to £16.45 for a Viognier from the Languedoc. We started with beers followed by a glass of wine.
The comprehensive menu offers a range of options, many of them home-made. Starters include antipasti (selection of Italian meats and delicacies), which looked very appetising and a bargain at £4.95 when it arrived at the next table.
Battered cheese wedges, a trio of baby Scotch eggs and cheesy nachos were among the other appetisers.
The garlic mushrooms arrived on tomato bread which didn’t look like it had been toasted, as described, but the button mushrooms were covered in a rich and very satisfying cream sauce.
My black king tiger prawns in hot spicy olive oil were disappointing. They were smaller than expected without a hint of spice. That apart, we were very happy with everything which followed.
We were tempted by Sue’s home-made meat and potato pie, haddock, the special of home-made fish pie and Jake’s Rib Challenge – eat the full rack and get a free T-shirt. After much deliberation (if only we had paid such attention to our golf shots...) Martine selected the fiery chicken wrap, which was loaded with mouthwatering chunks of piquant chicken breast, accompanied by home-made salsa, sour cream and hand-made chips. A hit.
My generous 8oz medium rare rump steak (£13.95), supplied by Hade Edge’s Brindon Addy, was cooked to perfection and packed full of flavour, with just a hint of salt, they came with piles of chips, mushrooms, wonderful battered onion rings, peas and cherry tomatoes. I’ll definitely be back for another steak.
VERDICT: Good local food in nice surroundings. Don’t bother with starters, main courses are ample.
16 Woodhead Road, Honley, HD9 6PU
Tel 01484 660313
Website under construction
Opening hours Food served: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm, Sunday 12 noon to 7.30pm
Disabled Access Sorry, no
The bill £21 a head including drinks
Would you go back? Yes, we both said definitely.