HARROW’S Restaurant and Wine Bar has a relaxed and laid-back feel about it – far from the stiff, impersonal atmosphere often associated with fine dining.
The eatery in the centre of Holmfirth was the perfect place to meet up with an old friend over a glass of wine and some great food.
Anna and I were able to catch up on the latest gossip without our conversations being cut short by waiting staff fussing over napkins, condiments and cutlery.
And the food, created by owner and chef Adam Garnade spoke for itself.
The restaurant’s dishes are all cooked fresh and made to order so they’re well worth the wait.
As well as an initial wait for your starter, there’s also a long pause between courses so this isn’t the place for you if you want to pop in for a quick bite-to-eat.
We chose our meal from the Early Bird Menu.(£18.50) which includes three courses from 6pm to 7.30pm.
To start, Anna had linguini in garlic butter, pesto and parmesan (£4.95) which I was quite envious of when I saw it.
The generous portion of pasta was beautifully cooked in a fresh home-made pesto with just the right blend of butter and garlic.
I chose a favourite of mine – chicken liver parfait with fig chutney and toasted brioche (£4.95).
The silky smooth paté was complimented perfectly by the chunky, sweet chutney and soft brioche.
For main course Anna opted for the fillet of salmon with spinach, new potatoes, crayfish tails and a lobster sauce. (£12.95) which she polished off in no time.
I had the honey-glazed confit duck with salad and new potatoes (£12.95) which was superb.
The duck was succulent with a crispy honey skin and the rich meat was complemented beautifully by a fresh zingy citrus salad with orange segments.
Desserts are £4.95 each – Anna had the apple pie with vanilla ice-cream and I had the lemon tart with raspberry coulis.
The lemon tart was perfectly nice but was too heavy to finish and didn’t match up to the excellent first two courses.
Anna thought the same and wished her apple pie had been a bit warmer.
The decor inside the restaurant reflects Harrow’s laid-back style.
Owners Adam and Victoria Garnade took inspiration for the restaurant’s decor and menu after a trip to Burgundy.
Before we were shown to our tables we sat in the comfy leather arm chairs near the entrance and enjoyed a glass of wine.
The rest of the ground floor is light and airy with lots of tables surrounded by comfy leather seats.
Downstairs – where Anna and I sat – the interior is also simple and understated with wooden tables and a traditional Yorkshire stone floor.
It was cold down there and we had to keep our coats on while we ate – so the temperature is definitely something I’d recommend the owners look into.
Harrow’s has a selection of vegetarian dishes and a varied drinks menu.
Adam, who used to be the head chef at St Andrew’s Golf Hotel, runs the kitchen and wife Victoria runs the restaurant and bar area.
The couple, who have a young son called Myles, also host regular live music and open-mic nights and pie nights offering good value home-made pie dinners.
11 Victoria Street, Holmfirth, HD9 7DF
Tel: 01484 688764
Opening hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday.Wednesday to Sunday open 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9.30pm.Food is served for an extra half hour on Friday and Saturday nights and the wine bar welcomes drinkers until later.
Children: Welcome for lunchtime and early bird menus
Disabled access: None
The bill: £44.10
Would you go back?: Yes