Sunday, October 18, 2009

Food, Glorious Food

Those of us who travel to Manchester and Sheffield know that somewhere in a pub with a dozen or so hand pumps we will be able to get a good plate of food, and likewise visitors to Huddersfield's mighty drinking establishments have never been so well served. The closure of the Rat & Ratchet's kitchen has been a blow but the start of food service in The Sportsman may restore the balance.

For those who don't yet know, The Sportsman (above) is Huddersfield's latest real ale emporium, going out of town past St. Georges Square and just beyond the railway viaduct. Food is available 12-3 Monday to Thursday and an amazing 11-4 Friday and Saturday, and then again from 7-9 in the evening (Monday to Thursday). Sunday lunch is served 12-3. There is a regular menu plus a specials board, the food is home cooked, big portions and good value (steak & ale pie, chips & veg £3.95). Don't expect fine dining, this is after all pub food to accompany the beer (8 hand pumps, typically Anglo Dutch, Salamander and Mallinsons), or keep you warm inside if you are off to watch Town or the Giants (Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium is less than 10 minutes walk).

Some of the Rat's kitchen has moved, along with Rob, to it's sister Ossett pub in Dewsbury, the Shepherds Boy (above).This is a great little pub on the Huddersfield-Mirfield-Dewsbury road or a ten minute walk up from Dewsbury railway station. We travelled to sample Rob's Sunday fayre, something the Rat was never able to offer, and for £7.95 we got a three course traditional Sunday roast (a choice of beef, lamb or chicken) with starter and dessert (£6.95 with starter or dessert and just £5.95 main course only). Vegetables and roast potatoes are perfectly cooked, and a different gravy is served for each meat. Sunday roasts are served 12-6, which gives you plenty of time to sample the 8 different beers on offer, normally 5 Ossett and 3 guests.

If you have not got the time (or access to transport) to travel out of town to one of our many country pubs for a beer and a bite to eat, the Sportsman or the Shepherds Boy might be just what you are looking for.

Buon appettito!

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