“ Alpine Restaurant / Rochdale Road / Denshaw / Oldham / OL3 5UE / Tel: 01457 874254. „
I have been to this restaurant 3 times during the last few months. The first time was booked by someone else for a group and I joked that I didn't know it was still open as it had been there, it seemed, for ever.
What a pleasant surprise I had!
The views from the window over the Denshaw valley are stunning, and the food was just lovely.
Don't know if the decor has been altered since the 2006 review but I thought it was really quite contemporary, with tall elegant back chairs, which were very comfortable indeed.
They do a great midweek lunch (12 to 1.30pm) special with 5 or 6 choices on each course: 2 courses £9.00, 3 courses £10.50 (Yes! Pudding for £1.50!) and I found myself spoilt for choice.
I would have no problem with recommending this restaurant to anyone. Try it and you'll be pleasantly surprised!
I would recommend the food and service is fantastic and not over priced. They were very helpful to me, and we saved money by using A1 Balloons 2 Go in failsworth for our decorations which made the whole day special. The service was fantastic and they could not do enough to welcome our party. The parking is not a problem either, I would recommend this restuarant to anybody getting married...
The Alpine Restaurant at Denshaw was the chosen venue to celebrate my parents Ruby Wedding Anniversary last week. I think it would be fair to say that we are not exactly regulars at this fine establishment as do I believe the last time any of us went was actually over 18 years ago, when we had an 18th birthday party for my sister. Well, if you go to a place too often, it spoils it doesnt it?
Geographically speaking, Denshaw is close to Junction 21 of the M62 and forms part of the district of Saddleworth. Many roads meet here, and so the town and restaurant are easily accessible from Oldham, Rochdale, Huddersfield and Halifax, and it is definitely worth the trip when you see the views over the surrounding countryside and towns and the restaurants location is fantastic.
Service was excellent and very friendly from the moment we walked in the door, until the moment we left (and we were the last to leave!). We had gone ahead in one cab with my niece which gave ample time to organise some surprise champagne as a toast before the rest of the party got there. We just opted for the House champagne which was a very reasonable £20 a bottle and indeed very drinkable.
I could not honestly remember the restaurant very much from our last visit in 1988, however I think it would be fair to say it probably hasnt been updated much. The style is very traditional, old fashioned perhaps, and typical of many a country pub. Personally I prefer a more contemporary but cosy surroundings but I think the décor here is in keeping with the building and the style of place it is. There was a seating area for arriving diners, with a few cosy sofas to sit and peruse the menus over an aperitif before being shown to the table. I cannot vouch for every table in the restaurant, but the table we had was a great size for the size of the party, it was certainly deeper than the norm, so there was ample space for side dishes, water jugs, bread and butter and the like without feeling like there isnt enough elbow room.
As for the menu, it was extremely extensive, perhaps one of the most comprehensive menus I have seen in a long time. There were at least 10-12 starters, and an infinite number of main courses, including meat, seafood, regular fish and at least six different vegetarian options. In fact at the table I privately noticed that we had managed to order six different starters and six different main courses between us, so we certainly were not stuck for choice. In fact it had one of those menus which leaves you slightly indecisive, as there was that much to sample!
I started with Scallops wrapped in parma ham. I do enjoy scallops and dont eat them enough I dont think. I have never eaten much parma ham, but I had tasted wonderful parma ham at a family wedding recently and therefore it seemed like a starter from heaven. My niece, not the biggest of eaters, went for the soup of the day, which was a very appetising mushroom variety. My Dad was having difficulty interpreting the fancy writing on the menu but finally settled on a mushroom and chorizo starter in a balsamic and red wine reduction and my sister opted for a deep fried brie and cranberry starter, which was a wonderful looking dish (one of my second choices!). Starters were typically £5-7. My scallops, not surprisingly one of the more expensive starters were fine, although it is fair to say they were not the nicest I have ever eaten, only because they were a tiny bit overcooked, although I certainly had no problem clearing the plate. They were served with the orange roe sac still attached though, which might not appeal to everyone..
On to the mains, and the vegetarian dishes seemed to dominate the table. My niece opted for a simple pasta and tomato dish, while I chose the Mushroom Stroganoff and sister went for a vegetarian risotto. The rest of the party went for steak, chicken and seabass. The restaurant does have an excellent reputation for good food, reflected in its prices with £14-£16 being typical for a main course, while steaks were more expensive and the vegetarian options somewhat cheaper. Still, I would rather pay more for more local ingredients in a local restaurant compared to the fayre that is springing up everywhere and I think the restaurant represents value for money for a special occasion if not everyday.
The food was not presented in the most contemporary styles. There was nothing wrong with the presentation, it just was not done in the modern style; although making some of the dishes we opted for look more attractive might be a difficult thing to do. Taste wise there were no complaints whatsoever from around the table and indeed we all loved our respective choices, which is probably the most important thing! In fact most did not leave room for dessert, which was the trolley style arrangement and not a separate menu. I did enjoy a wonderful forest fruits crème brulee which is highly recommended.
Service was attentive throughout, and despite the restaurant being full, we were always able to catch someones attention for drinks etc. We shared a couple of bottles of a NZ Sauvignon which was priced at a reasonable £15 a bottle, and the wine list was fairly extensive, again I could have easily selected several favourites.
Overall while I think the décor and perhaps the menu might be tailored for a slightly older diner, the Alpine Restaurant offers good quality food in a fantastic location and is certainly recommended for a special lunch or evening dinner. I dont think I will leave it 18 years until my next visit, that is for sure!
01457 874 254