The Yorkshire Puddin’
47 Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield
Venue: The Yorkshire Puddin’
Tel: 01924 490178
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm, and 5.30pm – 9pm. Saturday: 11.30am –9.30pm. Sunday: noon – 8.30pm (carvery only).
Disabled access: Yes
The bill: £49.40 for three adults and one child including drinks
YOU can’t go far wrong with a name like the Yorkshire Puddin’.
After all, you’d hardly expect a restaurant humming with garlic or the spicy flavours of India.
Instead, roast beef naturally springs to mind, quickly followed by mashed potato and gravy and possibly a little rain and a chilly wind.
As it happens, the name Yorkshire Puddin’ is well chosen as it befits this pub restaurant that serves traditional food which would satisfy most Yorkshire palates.
The menu has a focus on meat, traditionally cooked, such as slow braised lamb shank and a trio of sausage and, of course, roast beef.
There are however, five vegetarian dishes and a child’s menu that even features a vegetarian option – something of a rarity in my experience.
The puddings are in keeping with the theme of the establishment, offering a choice including jam roly poly, spotted Dick and sticky toffee pudding, all at a reasonable £2.95.
My companions and I skipped starters and went straight to the main course.
I opted for the beer battered cod while my mother had the beef Bourgignon and my brother the salmon fillet.
Having ordered we surveyed the surroundings. The premises are modern but cosy, decorated in a muted colour scheme, featuring exposed brickwork and walls emulsioned in a tasteful shade of brown.
There was background music but it was so ambient we barely noticed it. The waitresses were pleasant and helpful.
When it arrived our food was hot and appropriately cooked – even my mother’s beef Bourgignon – which came as a steak and not in the usual chunks.
“At least I can chew it,’’ she commented, which apparently is not always the case.
The beef arrived with a selection of vegetables which were also well cooked being neither too raw nor too soggy.
My fish was accompanied by chunky chips, peas and tartar sauce, while my brother’s salmon was enhanced by a selection of vegetables and a suitably piquant sauce.
Most surprising was my daughter’s scampi and chips. Although it was from the children’s menu, it was of a size that dwarfed an adult portion that I was served with in a cafe recently.
Indeed from this experience I thought the children’s menu, at £4.95, was very good value, especially as it included a dessert.
For, despite being a little under the weather, my daughter managed to polish off a huge serving of ice-cream, all presented in an impressively tall sundae glass.
I was too full to have a pudding but my mother opted for the lemon meringue, which she declared was very nice.
The premises, formerly known as the Dusty Miller, are clean, light and airy.
There is a large car park punctuated with flowerbeds and several tables and chairs outside so that diners can enjoy their meals alfresco, should the Yorkshire weather permit.
The Yorkshire Puddin’ is a comfortable, restaurant, that does not have ideas above its station nor prices to accompany them.