I wanted to do a short review on the restaurants in Holmfirth - the town where I grew up and still spend many weekends of my life visiting family. I'm a big fan of the restaurants in Holmfirth and even though I now live in London, surrounded by chains and hundreds of pizza places and curry houses, I miss simple Holmfirth and the few restaurants it has on offer. There are places outside of Holmfirth such as the Butcher's Arms and Mustard and Punch, but in order not to make this completely boring and long, I'll stick to the ones in the centre!
A long-standing and cheap Indian restaurant in the centre of Holmfirth. The guys who run the place are so friendly and can't do enough to help the customers. Regulars go back again and again because of the great food, friendly staff and reasonable prices. They bring loads of free things out to try and when I'm at home visiting relatives I always try to fit a curry in! They remember names too which I think is just lovely! No need to make a booking - there are always people in but it's never too busy and you never have to wait long for food. The restaurant is clean and functional but nothing special, but it's still a great atmosphere with tonnes of laughter and great music. I always meet my cheap friends here and never spend more than £10 total.
Piccolino's seems to have been around as long as I've been around. I lived in Holmfirth until I was 22 (except for uni years) and I probably went the this Italian restaurant every month during this time! Upstairs or downstairs, the restaurant is clean, well decorated (Italian football shirts) and has a good atmosphere. It is always busy and I like being able to watch the chefs make the pizza! The restaurant owners have changed as many times as the menu has but the quality of the food, especially the pizzas, is still great. They do great sautéed potatoes too! Check out the early bird specials or the Tuesday 3 Ps night - pizza or pasta with a pint for £9.95! The chef has been there for years but the teenagers who wait on the tables and serve at the bar change monthly. This is one place where the food will always be good but the service is never outstanding. 2 course meal plus glass of wine would normally cost me £20 at Piccolino's.
I've actually only been to Massala Lounge once and I still regard it as quite new despite the fact it's been around over a year. Housed in the former nightclub Speakeasy, it is now a well decorated Indian restaurant with lovely modern artwork on the walls and black and red furniture. I had actually heard quite negative things about the food and Bengal Spice loyals had warned me against Massala Lounge. However, I was pleasantly surprised with my Lamb Rogan. Granted the last time I'd eaten the same dish was from a take away in London at 1am a few months earlier so it wasn't hard to beat that. We were inundated with poppadoms and chutneys from the time we sat down and managed to wangle a free starter! I didn't pay for this meal but I'd guess that after wine, this came to no more than £15 per person.
I always thought Harrow's was a wine bar until last time I went home to see my parents and they took me out for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised by both the food and the lovely restaurant. It took quite a long time for the waitress to take our order and then for the food to arrive. By the time we had finished there wasn't much time for a dessert sadly! I had the chicken served with spinach creamed potatoes and my mum and dad both had the Venison and we were all very satisfied. Great wine menu too! Both food and drinks were quite expensive, certainly one of the dearest places I've eaten in Holmfirth but worth it if you have time to wait for the food! 2 course meal plus wine came to approximately £30 a head including service.
I LOVE Les Caveaux! I don't make it there very often but it's a great place for an evening out. A quirky little room upstairs where even I (at 5'3) feel I might bump my head and friendly staff make an ideal setting for a meal where the menu changes so often they don't even print menus! It's all tapas which you read from a board which often means that you end up making up what you want as the waitress writes it down. Reasonable prices but slightly more than I'm used to paying for tapas (it's not La Tasca!) but worth it at this lovely unique restaurant. Depending on how many dishes I eat Les Caveaux would normally set me back £20-25.
Go to Holmfirth y'all! It's the village of Last of the Summer Wine don't ya know? I'll see if I can review the café's next!