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“A lovely and interesting visit”
Review of Holmfirth Vineyard

Holmfirth Vineyard
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We were given a visit to this vineyard as a Christmas gift. We weren't quite sure what to expect but were immediately amazed at the stunning location and views. the weather was clear and sunny luckily. Luke our guide was eloquent, humorous and interesting to listen to . We tasted some lovely wine and then had a nice lunch in the lovely restaurant. A really relaxing and informative time. the wine we purchased had special labels commemorating the forthcoming Tour de France. A nice touch. We would certainly recommend a visit,

2  Thank Jane T
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Well! I'm amazed. On this wet June Saturday afternoon my husband and I decided to take a quick trip out to reconnoitre: we've heard of the Vineyard and the fact that they serve food and sell their wine and intended to take my Dad to eat for his birthday sometime soon and to buy him their local wine as a gift (knowing the wine is retailing at around £15 per bottle but interested because it's local and my dad makes his own wine, so a relevant gift).

Got there and parked up, struggled down to the entrance as the path was built of slate and running like a river due to the downpour (but off the path is just rubble and fairly steep so not ideal for anyone needing easy access, so be warned). There's a tiny room to the left of the entrance which is declared to be 'the shop' according to the signage on the glass and is set up like a reception/foyer and to the right is the ....restaurant? A small room with around 12 small glass tables with retro clear colourless seats. Quite attractive retro styling and the most beautiful view through the curved windows out over a balcony and over the Holme Valley. The view really is the best thing about the place.

Found a table in the gloomily lit space (more appropriate for an atmospheric evening than a soggy afternoon) but there was no sign of what might be available either to eat or drink. Looked around and approached the 2 staff at the bar hoping to find if we ordered at the table , or if they came to us, and what they served. Quite awkward. One lady asked if we'd made a reservation. We weren't sure what we might have reserved and felt a bit confused and embarrassed. She said they were usually very busy and it was only because of the weather that we'd even been able to walk in and find a free table (there were 5 vacant, some had reserved signs on). We explained we had come to find out what was going on there... no light on, nobody home, no greeting, no recognition, no selling of the venue. Weird. It felt increasingly uncomfy so we asked if they served drinks. Yes.... Well, could we have one?....Yes....Did they have a menu?.... A food one? ...um any one...just to know what we might like?.... well what do you want?....um....coffees maybe? ...ok, what sort.... SIGH. SIIIIIGH. Um... a latte and an Americano? We sat down and were given the food menu. Locally sourced meaty stuff and posh sarnies and breakfasts. Waited a while, would have left if we hadn't seen coffees being made. Had coffees. Latte came all fluffy and cappuccino but hey ho. No info about anything. Wines on display behind the counter with no info of prices or what is made on the premises.

Watched a guy come to check into the rooms on site. His reception wasn't much better and the large chap who was called upon to show the guest to his room barged my husband's chair as he passed and gave a gruff and not very appealing greeting to the visitor.

Finished coffees. Couldn't be bothered to try any of the cakes on the bar: no prices and not appealing. No one available to let us pay, little acknowledgment of us at the bar. Managed to pay up. Not one jot of friendliness (though not unpleasant).

Had a quick look in the 'shop'. Three bottles of wine in a glass case. Just couldn't be bothered to even try to ask anything. Couldn't be bothered to try to buy.

Set off with the intention of spending around £50 on a present and finding a great local venue to frequent. Won't ever ever go back even though the afternoon tea we saw looked ok and the one meal we saw served to the customers (all of whom were seated and waiting from when we arrived, only one of which we saw receive their order, so service is SLOOOW) looked fine.

What a shame. Left feeling that we must look wrong or be dirty or something (we won't). Still have little idea of what they're aiming to do but certain that we won't go back to find out. Am incredulous.

2  Thank realalechick
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Was bought a trip to this vineyard as a gift. The visit included a two course lunch plus a bottle of their own wine. To be honest I was not expecting a great deal but ended up thoroughly enjoying the visit. The tour was very interesting, almost bordering on the inspirational and Luke the tour guide must be vying as Holmfirth's answer to Peter Kay. Lunch was excellent with a lot of choice. Not sampled the bottle of wine yet. On top of all this the views of the surrounding area from the vineyard were amazing. Would recommend as a day out with a difference.

1  Thank Frost5
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We were given this tour with afternoon tea as birthday presents to my partner and to brother-in-law, and all four of us had an excellent time !!!

Our guide, Luke was knowledgable, full of Yorkshire humour, and gave us lots of interesting information about the varieties of vines, the owners past history, and the process of wine making. We had a brief look at the vines and saw the emerging grapes (obviously very tiny at this time of year) but then had to take cover as the rain came down. Standing still while listening to this information is not ideal, there was nowhere to sit or even lean against, and a couple of people of people in our group had to leave because of this. Retrospectively, it would have been much better to have had this talk while we were sitting in the restaurant. Maybe in the future they will create a visitors centre with lecture facilities including a film of the pressing and bottling process, which were described to us but we couldn't witness.

We tasted 3 wines from last years harvest, which we were told would continue to improve over the next few months. What a shame we couldn't taste the previous years wine - the wines we tasted were not to our palates, and didn't tempt us to buy.

Afternoon tea was excellent, a glass of sparkling wine to begin with, then salmon, cucumber, egg and cheese sandwiches, Bakewell tarts, flapjacks, and scones with cream and jam, with a pot of tea! We couldn't eat everything but the waitress wrapped our leftovers in foil for us to enjoy later.

Overall, this was a good experience - after all, who would have thought a vineyard in Yorkshire would be possible? The views were spectacular (and would be even better on a sunny day), the guide was informative and amusing, and the afternoon tea was excellent. By the way, I wouldn't recommend this trip to those people who are afraid of heights - the view from the car park is quite scary, as is the steep hills with sharp bends which you need to negotiate to reach the vineyard.

3  Thank Linda A
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We had pre booked the tour as part of a Hen weekend, the cost of the tour was £6.99 which I think is a little pricey. We were asked to arrive 15 minutes early to allow us to place our lunch order before commencing the tour. It is not much of a tour, but a talk in the vineyard and then a talk inside explaining the processes. The talk was interesting, but he did digress a bit by telling us what the owners did previously and how they came to be at the vineyard, the tour and the tasting lasted just over an hour.

After the tour we went into the restaurant for lunch, the restaurant is quite small but the views are stunning. Even though we had pre ordered our food we had to wait a little while, but it was definitely worth it. The items on the menu range from brunch to main courses and soup. In our party we had a variety of dishes including Steak Sandwich, Sausage sandwich, pasta and soup along with a few portions of delicious chips. The food and service was good.

I think the tour may develop more as the vineyard grows, so give this place a chance.

Thank HampshireJan
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