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A village and civil parish in the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England. Come learn and taste the tradition...pies!

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      08.07.2009 18:16
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      Lived here for 10 years and I keep going back! Don't overlook it :)

      Denby Dale is a large village situated in West Yorkshire, inbetween Huddersfield, Barnsley and Wakefield. Having lived there for most of my life, and since moved away and re-visited, I felt I should suggest this as a review to Dooyoo so I can let people know about it.

      **History and Claim to fame!**
      The village is most famous for it's 'giant pies'. Infact, it is known as the Pie Village (ok people hold back your sniggers, yes, I'm from the Pie Village!). Back in 1788, the villagers wanted to celebrate King George III's return to health, and after racking their brain for what must have been several minutes, they decided, 'Lets make a giant pie!'. There have since been nine giant pies made.
      The last giant-pie-making was in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. At 12 metres long, it weighed ten tonnes and was paraded through the village on a large truck. It was a fantastic festival to be enjoyed by all, with concerts and a large show. It took months in the making, the pie was delicious (I ate some just before becoming vegetarian) but due to all the health and safety issues etc, the pie ended up becoming more like meat, potatoes, gravy and an added piece of crust, and despite the months of planning and huge efforts, the Guinness World Records people decided that ours was not infact a pie, but a casserole. 'Denby Dale Casserole Village' just doesn't have the same ring to it. The village produces various 'Denby Dale' meat pies that are sold in much smaller sizes into supermarkets around the country, so look out for them if you shop in Asda/Tesco/other smaller stores.

      You can read the history of Denby Dale and it's pies here http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/visitorportal/wheretogo/denbydale-history.asp. The dish from the 1964 is now being used as a giant flowerpot, which is on the main road outside the Pie Hall so make sure you have a look at it!

      **Around the Area **
      There are many walks around the area, which you can pick up details of from the council offices or check online. The viaduct is a lovely area to walk around, and makes fantastic photography. Withy Woods near to the primary school is a beautiful woodland that is great for walking dogs.
      Springfield Mills, also known as the 'Mill Shop' has a selection of around 20 independently run shops. Notable ones include the health food shop 'Your Nuts' which has a range of stuff and great vegetarian, vegan and eco friendly products. It also has things like vitamins, washing up liquid and even hair-dye.
      The Stationary Shop is also worth a visit and has a great range. There is also 'Hotch Potch' which is a place to take the kids! Choose a pot, plate, dish, etc to paint and sit around a table with refreshments and paint at your leisure. There is a smallish cafe there that has a range of hot and cold snacks and has always been delicious food and good service when I have visited. 'Dab-hand-studios' is a new place that has just opened up that provides art classes. I haven't been in yet so don't know exactly what it is like but it was worth a mention to show the sheer range of things available. Pick up a unique gift from the Mill Shop whilst you are in Denby Dale!

      Along the main road there is a variety of independently run shops, including Orchard Bookshop, Country Crafts Fabric/Knitting, the local butchers and many more. You get the kind of friendly, traditional service you would want from a family run business at any of these shops.

      **The Village Pub**
      The White Hart pub is situation in the middle of the village opposite the shops. It's cosy and friendly, with nice décor. At the weekend you'll find everyone dresses to impress here. They have quizzes and karaokes etc. It's always a good atmosphere with a mixed crowd. I don't think they do food there anymore but it definitely a good place to go.

      There are 3 sit in restaurants in the village, all of which are Indian. Maxis, Agrah and Palace Tandoori. As I have tried all three I'm going to talk about my favourite, which is the latter. Palace Tandoori, on Wakefield Road has been going since around 1994, and is well established in the village. It has recently been fully refurbished but not to something imposing or pompous. They don't advertise, and they don't have a website, they don't have 'deals' but gets very busy, most nights which proves it's genuine popularity. The staff are fantastic, the food is THE best Indian food I've ever had, and for a curry, rice, naan etc for two people the bill comes to around only £15-16. A wise point to note is that Palace Tandoori does not have an alcohol license so it is bring your own, you can also bring your own soft drinks if you want something other than the standard coca-cola, orange juice or water. This gives you more choice and makes the bill lower. It is a very friendly, family run business but is also a great place to take a date. My personal favorite curry is the Vegetable Dansk ☺ Mom. It's a must to book on Friday or Saturday nights if you want to ensure a seat. They also do take-always (not delivery) you can park for free opposite in the library car park.

      **More Information**
      www.denbydale.com - Information about the village
      http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/visitorportal/wheretogo/denbydale-history.asp. - History of the village from the council website

      It is not so much of a known tourist village as some in the area, though the name 'Denby Dale' will ring bells with people because of the pie-related-shenanigans. It is on the way to the more famous Holmfirth, but if you're passing through you should stop and have a potter around Denby Dale. There are several other great things to do around region as well. Now I have moved away from the area for studying, I always love to come back and visit all of the things I have talked about in this review.


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