YOU could imagine the man himself enjoying a good Sunday lunch. Beautifully-cooked joints of meat, a fluffy Yorkshire pudding the size of a small dinner plate, hearty portions of vegetables and a fruity glass of red wine.

Winston Churchill would have loved it here.

Here is the restaurant that bears his name, Churchill’s, inside The Rock hotel complex at Holywell Green.

And to ensure you get the message, there are images of the great wartime leader dotted about the place – plus a few of his memorable quotes.

“My idea of a good dinner is, first to have good food, then discuss good food.....” is the one inscribed on the wall of the very attractive conservatory dining room in which we sampled the Churchillian hospitality.

It is hospitality that, perhaps surprisingly does not come at a high price.

The three-course Sunday lunch comes in at £12.50 and for that you get a choice of five starters, five main courses and five desserts – all of which changes on a weekly basis.

That’s about the price you pay for just one course at many of the pubs and restaurants around here and it’s not difficult to see why there is a steady flow of diners, many of them families, coming through the doors throughout the Sunday afternoon.

The Rock has sensibly priced its meals within reach of most people’s budgets, although as it’s a hotel the bar prices are a little more.

The Churchill’s restaurant was restyled a year ago but the name itself goes back many years, as locals knew the inn as Churchills because it was a locally-brewed beer.

The food itself comes with friendly and helpful service, with none of the wham bang thank you mam attitude of some of today’s waiters.

The Rock is tucked away in the centre of Holywell Green, a village halfway between Huddersfield and Halifax.

Parts of the building date back to the 17th century but there are stylish modern extensions which have created a light and airy lounge at the rear, overlooking the fields.

It’s a great place to start off with a drink, having negotiated the tortuous route down from Lindley Moor. The routefinder guide made it sound easy – I suggest a trial run.

We chose a table in the conservatory and were pleasantly surprised when the waitress turned up with a little appetiser of ham and peas in honey mustard sauce – “Just to wet the appetite”. It was a promising start.

We each selected different starters. James opted for the duo of soups, which were pea and mint and Spring vegetable while his girlfriend Karin had pea and asparagus pearl barley risotto with a soft herb salad.

I picked the Thai chicken, served with crunchy vegetables, ginger and sweet chilli sauce.

All tasted as good as they sound, but it was Linda’s pick which won Starter of The Day. She had crisp whitebait, char-grilled crevetts and cockle broth, which looked stunning on the grey slate plate.

Again a surprise, as the waitress brought a basket of fresh herby bread rolls for us to try.

When it came to the main courses, James and I did the “man” thing and picked the carvery. The waitress carved thick slices of pork and beef at the table, topped each plate with the giant Yorkshire puddings and then brought the potatoes and fresh vegetables.

Pork, of course, cannot be served without the obligatory crackling and I have to report it was as good as it gets.

Linda had slow-cooked lamb Henry, with baby onions and carrots and olive oil and mint mash, while Karin’s onion and tarragon chicken breast was a sculptor’s delight on the plate.

Four empty plates told the almost-complete story, but we had to plough on and sample desserts.

There was plenty of choice but to be honest, none of us felt they quite reached the standards of the starters and especially the mains.

Nothing wrong with sticky toffee pudding, Millionaire’s shortbread or Eton Mess, but they were perhaps a little too rich.

But it didn’t detract from a great meal, in good surroundings, for a great price and watched over by the Great Man.


The Rock, 22, Broad Carr, Holywell Green

Tel 01422 379721


Opening hours Lunch is served daily between 12 and 2pm; dinner is served daily from 5.30pm to 9pm.

ChildrenYes, they are welcome

Disabled access Full access

The bill£65.65 for four with drinks

Would you go back?Definitely