Venue : Pennine Manor Hotel at Scapegoat Hill.
Telephone: 01484 642368.
Open: Two for £22 is served seven days a week but not before 4pm on Sundays.
Children: Yes, very welcome.
Disabled access: Easy access for disabled and a disabled toilet on the ground floor.
The bill: £49.85 for four people (which included a few extras).
WOULD YOU GO BACK? Definitely, it’s great value.
OUR recent visit to dine out at Pennine Manor Hotel, high on the hillside overlooking the Colne Valley, brought us much more than we bargained for.
As well as enjoying a super meal, we were also lucky enough to be sat right by the window which was a great place to enjoy the panoramic views from the hotel’s aptly named Hilltop Restaurant.
We also had a window on the world of wildlife in the fields beyond the hotel. Talk about Autumn Watch, it was a case of Bill Oddie, eat your heart out!
The hotel’s resident wild rabbits came to pay us a visit and the three horses in the field decided to enjoy their daily evening gallop while we watched. We were so busy watching the wildlife goings-on that we almost forget about ordering our food.
However our attentive waitress brought us back to reality and we turned out attention to the menu. The reason we decided to visit Pennine Manor Hotel was because we had seen leaflets promoting the current summer offer, Two for £22, which offers a three-course meal plus a drink.
Sound too good to be true? Take it from me, it’s a cracking dining out offer which is definitely true and also extremely good.
Although the special offer menu offers a limited choice, there is something for all tastes. With just the one starter of garlic bread with cheese, that decision was ready made for us.
However moving on to mains, we had to choose from rump steak with chips and all the trimmings, gammon steak with chips, peas and a fried egg (which came highly recommended by one of our number’s relatives who has enjoyed a meal a few days before), poached Ling cod or the healthy option meal of Cajun chicken salad with salad and jacket potato wedges.
Obviously that night, we weren’t up for healthy eating and passed on the Cajun chicken in favour of the cod and three rump steaks. Although the meal is a fixed price, you can order extras and we chose a bowl of giant onion rings and a small jug each of pepper sauce and Diane sauce.
The offer also includes a drink of your choice from a limited range. Three of us opted for a surprisingly generous glass of crisp chilled Chardonnay and the fourth, who is normally a cider drink, strayed from her usual path and went for a 70s throwback of a Martini with mixer. Not bad though, to say this is all included in the price so we were shaken, but not stirred as James Bond would say.
Quick service saw the garlic bread arrive pretty quickly and disappear equally swiftly.
When the main courses arrived, we were again surprised at the generous portions, particularly at the size of the succulent rump steaks. My Ling cod, served with new potatoes, peas and delicious parsley sauce, was fresh, succulent and totally bone free.
Generally I’m not a great fish fan but sometimes it is nice for a change and this particular serving really touched the spot.
What really stole the show however were the onion rings, obviously homemade, and massive. The sauces too were delicious and great accompaniments to the three steaks which hit the mark with our steak fans.
To finish off our meal, we had a choice of two puddings, a hot treacle sponge with custard and a cooler and lighter strawberry meringue with Chantilly cream. We split the difference and ordered two of each.
The only suggestion I could make (if I was so inclined) is that it might be a good idea to offer a choice of a second starter to sit alongside the garlic bread. Something simple and easy such as soup or melon would just broaden the menu a little and allow a choice.
However, saying that, I couldn’t fault the food on offer. Everything was spot-on and the value for money for this Two for £22 offer is excellent.
It was pleasing to see that, even on a midweek evening, the restaurant was quite full. Some were eating from the á la carte menu but many were enjoying this good value offer.
And if you are lucky enough to get a valley view as we did, you’ll get a wildlife show to add even more value.