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“Maintaining high standard”

Restaurant at Shibden Mill Inn
Ranked #29 of 323 Restaurants in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$36
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 January 2011

Lunch for two in this really charming pub was definitely a good experience, with one or two caveats. Firstly, the positives. Reception and service was friendly throughout, and we noticed that the staff were always happy to make changes to table allocation when people arrived with greater or fewer guests than they'd booked for.
The food was better than average, and the portion sizes adequate, but not over-facing. The rabbit starter was tasty and well-seasoned, but the coddled duck egg was definitely overdone to our taste and both my wife and I would question the provenance of the egg itself (tasted more like hen than dick).
Main courses of belly pork and sea bas, both nicely executed but the mash with the belly pork could have been warmer (just got a feeling that at least one of the meals had stood on the pass too long).
Puddings of chocolate brownie (actually a chocolate fondant), and rice pudding with white chocolate, vanilla, and cranberry (sounds disgusting - tastes heavenly) were both well done.
Overall, a pleasant experience, but the exceptions are:
Don't go if you aren't fond of noisy children (this appears to be a very child-friendly place). Rather tends to spoil it for me when parents can't keep kids under control (keeping repeating shhh doesn't seem to work). The plates were ridiculously large for the table. Both plates hung over the edge of the table and we fully expected at least one of them to suddenly tip up and send food flying like some slapstick comedy.
Overall, though, a pleasant experience.

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Thank MikeT_Hessle
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

Service was average. Food was very expensive for the small portions and was over cooked. Overall not a great experience, wouldn't bother again

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1  Thank GemmaP29
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

Live locally to this restrauant and regularly go for a quiet drink as location and decor very charming and cosy. Cover charges of £2.50 even on our kids meals. Put in a corner surrounded by drinkers who literally stood next to us. We had three young children and we still do get treated like this sometimes. Only wanted a quick main course as we had moved into our house that day in the valley and needed a nice celebration meal. Service was shocking took 2 hrs 15min to get ordered and the food. - 2 adult mains, three kids mains and 3 kids ice creams. Food bill was £87. Wanted to book a family celebration including 5 bedrooms for overnight - not interested. Could give us an upstairs function room for 18 and a set menu for £35.00 for a lunch and would not discuss a menu selection with us insisted that is all they did. Went to another local pub in Norland and got the best ever service a beautiful meal for 45 at a great price - your loss shibden. Will go back for a drink but we always laugh when people ask us what they think. Staff rude and stuck up - even though I'm paying!!!

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3  Thank HalifaxLocal123
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

Visited this restaurant a couple of weeks ago. The food was excellent with a fairly wide choice of 'comfort food' available. We had the 'fish and chips' and 'burger' with chocolate brownies for dessert and both are highly recommended. We eat out fairly often and were not disappointed with the quality of food on offer. The bar service was a little slow but with the staff dealing with a full party this was to be expected.

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1  Thank Bippoh
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Reviewed 22 May 2010

We're local to this restaurant but tend to eat out in Leeds as the choice and quality is better. This evening confirms this decision. We are not 'big eaters' and just wanted to order a main course each. The menu is very limited and we were not offered the specials menu - had to ask to be shown this. Portions meagre (we left hungry) but the worst bit was that we registered our discontent it was not acknowledged in any meaningful way. Said to the waitress that we didn't think that a spoonful of chicken scraped off a chicken bone was worth £13.99 and all we got was 'I don't set the prices' , Came home for coffee and cheese - not impressed, we will not return.

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3  Thank natalie1Halifax
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