Baitings Resevoir

Unusually for us we set off more or less on time, taking a leisurely drive and, despite the motorway being tedious with its 50 mile per hour speed limit, arrived near Halifax just in time for lunch. We enjoyed lunch in a cafe by Sowerby Bridge railway station. Many of the savoury options were listed as teacakes. These turned out to be toasties rather than what I would normally associate with a teacake (a currant bun). It was a lovely cafe with several locals lunching and engaging in conversation with each other.

After lunch we set of to find the Royal Observer Corps Secret Bunker. It was so secret we were unable to find it. Instead we travelled along the country lanes enjoying the fabulous views. We eventually stopped for a photo opportunity and bracing walk at Baitings Reservoir (Wakefield). It was at this point I decided that perhaps it hadn’t been the best idea to wash my hair before we set out on our journey. I came away from the brief walk with a rather disheveled look!

Shibden Mill Inn

We then drove to locate the Mill Inn at Shibden where we were staying for a couple of nights before heading into Halifax for a recce. We decided we would visit the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment Museum but realized that it was almost closing time so we headed back to The Mill at Shibden and checked in. We were shown to a lovey room with a private patio garden. As we opened the door to the room we were greeted with Classic FM playing on the radio.

Shibden Mill Inn

The weather being bracing we didn’t try out the patio, choosing to relax in our lovely room before relocating to the bar to enjoy a drink from their extensive selection of wine, beer, gin and whiskey before returning to the room to freshen up before dinner.

Shibden Mill Inn

When it was time to dine we made our way to the table in the bar area that had been pointed out to us earlier. We had been told that if we preferred we could be relocated to another table in the restaurant but the bar area was warm and friendly; we had been given the perfect seat!

Shibden Mill Inn

Shibden Mill Inn

The food was delicious; I had seabass followed by raspberry and elderflower sorbet. After dining we relocated to another area with comfortable sofas, where I finished off my wine before returning to the room for a good night’s sleep.

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 5th 2019

14 Responses to “Shibden Mill – Day One”

  1. Andrew Scott says:

    I want that seabass. And a relaxing trip away to a nice hotel in a fine area is so pleasant, isn’t it? We have one planned soon.

  2. CherryPie says:

    It was a nice relaxing break. Where are you off to on your travels?

    • Andrew Scott says:

      Lake district and Birmingham (a place to meet up with son who works in Cheltenham). We have never been to Birmingham but son says there are thing to see in the centre. There will certainly be a nice meal to eat.

      • CherryPie says:

        The Lake District is always nice, although it is a long time since I have been.

        Your son is right there are plenty of things to do in Birmingham. We intend to go for the day on Friday. Shopping for a waterproof jacket and lightweight walking shoes and perhaps a visit to the library.

  3. Ginnie says:

    I really get a kick out of how you both enjoy eating and drinking in style, Cherry. In style and in phases/courses. :)

  4. Astrid says:

    This is living life at the fullest, Cherry. This sounds like a lot of fun.

  5. The Yum List says:

    Oooh that dinner looks delicious as does the wine fridge ;-)

  6. Hotel looks lovely and the pudding so delicious :) Look forward to hearing more about your few days away.

  7. ....peter says:

    hi Cherie… i found a way to get to your site by searching it in Google…
    but i still can’t link to you through ShutterChance…
    i love your presentation and and your dinner just as much….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      Lisl said she had a problem too…

      In the same way that I couldn’t access any Shutterchance Blogs a few weeks ago without Googling for them! Something is amiss!

      I am glad you enjoyed my anecdote and the virtual enjoyment of my dinner.