Shibden Mill Inn Pub with rooms in Halifax, West Yorkshire

Prices from:
£125 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Old mill in tranquil secret valley
  • Halifax, over the hill, is a world away
  • Interesting menu – eat big or small
  • Luxurious bedrooms – all different
  • Streamside terrace for alfresco eating
  • Fabulous walks from the door

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Shibden Mill Inn Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL

The personal touch

Simon and Caitlin Heaton have been nurturing the stunning 17th-century Shibden Mill Inn since 1998 and you can feel the love. A stones throw from Halifax, settled in the fold of a wooded glen, with Red Beck meandering by, the Shibden Mill Inn is an ideal spot to forget your troubles for a day or two and lose yourself in luxurious comfort. The Mill team has built quite a reputation for good food, and they know a thing or two about looking after you, so whether you’re simply after a pint and sandwich or settling down for dinner and a bed for the night, you’re in safe hands. There’s a charming sheltered patio garden surrounded by mature shrubs where you can take lunch sat at one of the chunky oak tables, and it is hunky dory indoors, too, when as the temperature drops you’ll find yourself in front of a log fire in one of the handsome black-beamed rooms.

Sticky fingers

Children have their own menu and there’s also a ‘small roast’ available on Sundays.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar.


Tables on the terrace out front of the charming whitewashed inn make for an appealing spot to nurse a pint of local ale or a glass of wine, with an outdoor lunch on the cards as well if the weather is up to the job. Afternoon tea can be an alfresco treat, too.


What’s the Damage?
11 doubles £125-£175; suite £195-£225

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin; Good Hotel Guide; AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes


Shibden Mill Inn Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL

Do not disturb

The bedrooms reflect the attention to detail that has gone into making Shibden Mill the class act it is today – forget country chintz, the eleven rooms have bags of contemporary style and individual character. They’re all different shapes and sizes, with the likes of funky wallpaper, stylish blinds and interesting artworks, not to mention comfy mattresses and little details like retro digital radios and modern TVs. Bathrooms are smart and contemporary, too, with some featuring monsoon showers and others containing stand-alone baths (check out the beauty lurking in the corner of the magnificent suite). If the ‘Staying in Sunday’ promotion sounds like your thing, pick a DVD from the library and settle down with a bucket of popcorn and a bottle of wine.

Creature comforts

Elsyl bathroom products (wrapped rather groovily in corrugated card).


Free Wi-Fi; flatscreen TV; DVD library; iPod docking; retro digital radios.

What’s for Breakfast?

Fresh fruit with organic yoghurt; homemade muesli; toast with Yorkshire honey and homemade preserves; full Yorkshire with local sausages and bacon and homemade black pudding; Welsh rarebit and roast tomatoes on homemade bread; eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale; grilled kippers with herb butter; smoked salmon with scrambled egg; Yorkshire-cured ham and tomato omelette

What’s the Damage?
11 doubles £125-£175; suite £195-£225

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin; Good Hotel Guide; AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes

Eat & Drink

Shibden Mill Inn Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 7UL

Mastering the menu

Passion for locally sourced ingredients shine through the menus from breakfast through to supper. Start the day with breakfast in the lofty upstairs dining room where you can ring the changes with a Nettlenipper cheese omelette, or stick to the trad full Yorkshire, complete with homemade black pudding. The lunch menu, served in any of the warren of beamed, cosy rooms downstairs might start with the likes of risotto of girolle mushrooms, rabbit leg and lovage fritter (with a recommended glass of Sangiovese) or homemade Penny loaves with piccalilli, mojo verde and balsamic onions, which goes down a treat with a glass of Shibden Ale. Onglet of beef, braised in red wine and served with turnip and Denholme honey purée is a typical main course, but non meat-eaters are well looked after too, with the likes of broad bean risotto or luxury fish pie. Sunday lunches bring in the crowds for traditional roasts and children get their very own mini-menu.

On the menu

Partridge and chestnut pie, pickled red cabbage, cherry purée and grape chutney
Shibden homemade penny loaves, piccalilli, mojo verde & balsamic onions
Roasted rump of Yorkshire lamb, lamb’s breast and tongue fritter, Jerusalem artichoke, pickled girolle mushrooms and mint reduction
Yorkshire Moor pheasant, ham hock & black pudding faggot, caramelised apples, creamed cabbage, cider sauce and game chips
Poached rhubarb pannacotta, crumble & rhubarb schnapps

Sunday Roasts

Roast loin of free-range pig, homemade black pudding & crackling, seasonal vegetables, dripping roasties, creamy mash, Yorkshire pudding and homemade gravy; Roasted ribeye of Yorkshire beef; Vegetarian nut & date roast (£12.95-£14.95)

Foodie Extras

They get the importance of a hearty breakfast here, and served upstairs in the attractive dining room, the most important meal of the day isn’t just for residents. If you’ve been out for an early morning walk, drop in and choose from fresh fruit, homemade muesli, local honey or the full Yorkshire (including local sausages, bacon and Darren’s own black pudding). There are several Benedict options as well, including one with Yorkshire cured ham. If you skipped breakfast, or maybe burned a few calories on the hills, return for one of their mighty fine afternoon teas (£13.50) to tide you over until dinner.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2pm (2.30 Friday & Saturday); Sunday 12pm – 7.30pm
Afternoon Tea: 3pm – 5pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 9.30pm (from 6pm Saturday)

Local, local, local

Meat: Alan Walker, Sowerby Bridge; Russell Hume, Boroughbridge (
Game: Yorkshire Game (
Fish: Neve Fleetwood (; Hodgson, Hartlepool (
Cheese: Pextenement, Todmorden (; Yorkshire Fine Cheeses, Shelley (
Vegetables: First Choice, Bradford (
Real ale: Little Valley Brewery (

Behind the bar

At the pumps is a brew made especially for the pub and a bunch of local heroes such as Stod Fold’s Gold, Black Sheep Best Bitter and Little Valley Brewery’s Organic Withens Pale Ale (from just down the road). Manager Glen Pearson has been in post since day one and is justifiably proud of his wine list which includes an impressive 20 to choose from by the glass. Glen sources his wine from Cellar 28 in nearby Rastrick and the broad, cosmopolitan list includes some interesting and exclusive labels.

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
11 doubles £125-£175; suite £195-£225

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking

Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin; Good Hotel Guide; AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

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Little Valley Brewery, Turkey Lodge Farm, Cragg Vale HX7 5TT

Wim van der Spek and Sue Cooper were on solo bicycle journeys when they first met in 1999, quite a distance from the Calder Valley - in Katmandu!Dutch born Wim qualified as a Master Brewer in Munich and in 2005 he brought his expertise to Sue's birthplace in Cragg Vale. Together they brew 100% organic beer using the tastiest hops and malt; Withens Pale Ale, Hebden's Wheat, Stoodley Stout and Tod's Blonde.


The Bear Cafe and Shop, Todmorden OL14 7LA

It's easy to lose yourself in this wonderful deli and cafe housed in the magnificent old Cooperative building with its etched glass, harlequin tiled floor and original shelving. Buy local eggs, bread, vegetables and cheese before climbing the wide, elegant staircase to the cracking cafe. It might look a bit chunky pine, but the food is 100% modern. Everything's made in house; expect the likes of smoky blue cheese pie with braised red cabbage or beetroot bourguignon with Dijon mash. And the cakes! The Jamaican ginger and Amaretto is TDF.


The Olive Branch, Hebden Bridge HX7 8UQ

Ignore the slightly inauspicious location (by the traffic lights in the middle of town); this family run Mediterranean restaurant sends completely authentic, rustic delights out of its minute kitchen. Kebabs, stuffed vine leaves and hummus are terrific value for money and a genuine taste of Turkey. They do a great early bird if you're going to the theatre or cinema - two courses and a glass of wine for 12 quid - can't be beaten!


The Old White Beare, Norwood Green, Halifax HX3 8QG

Spread over two floors, the Old Pill Factory in Witney is the place to visit for furniture, glass, toys, clothes and garden pieces. You'll find a group of dedicated antiques experts who are passionate about antiques and vintage homeware.


Brooks Restaurant, Brighouse HD6 1RW

Ex-Savoy Chef Darrell Brook has been rattling pans in his eponymous eatery since 1989 and his passion for sourcing and cooking great food has never dimmed. It's all polished floorboards, candles and gleaming glassware - traditional you might think - but the menu is anything but. You'll find the likes of chorizo and fennel salad and Italian roast pork with sharron fruit and balsamic. Artistic types are encouraged to dabble with crayons on the white napkins; the best results are framed and hung. Release your inner Hockney!


Old Bridge Inn, Ripponden HX6 4DF

The welcome you'll get from Tim and Lindsay is second only to the magnificent roaring fire in this very special old pub. Drop into the bottom of the valley, over the hump backed bridge and the dazzlingly whitewashed 700-year-old inn awaits. Enjoy a range of excellent local ales and a menu a notch or two above pub grub; you'll find modern dishes like salt & pepper squid on chickpeas with chorizo and smoked duck breast with plums - but the roast shoulder of lamb takes some beating! The pub is also home to the Pork Pie Appreciation Society. 'Nuff said.


Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton BD13 3SS

Victoria and James Robertshaw are following in their dad and granddads'' footsteps - both were dedicated farmers and expert butchers. Now this third generation is dedicated to local farmers, stocking goods from over 400 in and around Yorkshire.


Gimbals, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2AF

Simon and Janet Baker have been at the helm of this charming neighbourhood restaurant for the last 17 years. Janet's keen design eye results in a beguiling mix of modern and vintage in the cosy front room, whilst Simon's creativity brings to the table the likes of potted chilli and coriander smoked mackerel and Persian spiced lamb chops, sweet potato puree with rose and mint pickled shallots. Thursday night sees a tasting menu, when chef really flexes his culinary muscles!


Saker Bakery & Wholefoods, Market Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6EU

Karl Badger has been baking 'artisan' bread before it was invented - over 25 years! Step into his bijou shop in Hebden (just follow your nose) and try to come away without at least two loaves and some delicious flapjack! Saker's sell deli items too, so stock up on Yorkshire rapeseed oil, organic apple puree and a wide range of herbs and spices.


Czerwiks Deli, Brighouse HD6 1AQ

For over 20 years this family run business has been a specialist wine merchants, delicatessen and providers of luxury hampers. It's easy to find - just look for the queue snaking down the street.


Muse Music & Love Café, Maket Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 6AA

Sid Jones has been running this funky little music shop for over 17 years; he married his childhood sweetheart Valeen and she stole a corner of Sid’s shop to open a coffee bar. She makes a mean cappuccino (and an even better chocolate cake); what better way to pass an hour or so, listening to Sid’s eclectic selection of tunes over a cuppa and chat? Talk about try before you buy!


Riccis Tapas & Ciccetti, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX

Squeeze your eyes tight and you could be in an Italian piazza! This very genuine ciccetti joint is housed in one of Dean Clough’s beautifully renovated mill buildings; the yellow stone glows on a good day and the scale of the square is monumental. Just keep ordering small plates until you can’t eat any more – you’ll find yourself tempted by the likes of spiced cauliflower fritters with tomato and lemon chutney, lentil dhal with cardamom tortilla tuiles and thyme and garlic roast suckling pit. A glass of chilled Manzanilla washes it all down perfectly.


Love Grows Café, 6 Hollins Place, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EU

Moira and Michael Smith gave up perfectly good jobs to pursue a life long dream of running a café and they’ve done it with knobs on. Michael’s in the tiny kitchen, baking fabulous cakes whilst Moira makes everyone welcome in the light, airy, Scandi-themed tearoom. Chow down on Croque Monsieur, open sandwiches or homemade soup and follow up with a cracking espresso and a chunk of cake. Take home handmade chutneys and preserves, gluten free bread and tasteful designer trinkets.


Eric’s Restaurant, Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3JP

Local lad Eric Paxman trained down the road, travelled the world, spent some time with Bill Grainger in Sydney then came back to his roots with more than a spoonful of sunshine. His adherence to local sourcing coupled with the influence his travels results in unique, joyous dishes. Eric’s is a complete experience you won’t forget in a hurry. You’re well looked after from the moment you step into the modern, airy, former terraced house.


Dean Clough Cooking School, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX

Enroll in a day’s course in the state-of-the-art kitchens housed in the magnificently renovated mill; artisan bread making, Gujerati cuisine and rustic Italian cooking are on the menu. The tutors are professional chefs – you’ll pick up all kinds of tricks of the trade. The Viaduct café is run by Cooking School apprentices and they’re keen to display their skills, so pop down to the ground floor for a delicious lunch.

Out & About

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Sowerby Bridge Slalom Course HX6 2AA

Sowerby Bridge Slalom Course near Halifax is where you'll find the true watersports enthusiast. The 300m white water course takes advantage of the weirs on the River Calder, previously used to power the area's many mills. Mostly grade two, in high water it can reach a challenging grade three.


Bronte Boat Hire, Hebden Bridge HX7 8AD

It's not just Pennine hills and miles of open moorland that are great to explore in Calderdale. Hire a narrow boat for a day at Hebden Bridge and get to see the rugged beauty of this region from the unique perspective of Britain's wonderful inland waterway network.



The Piece Hall, Halifax HX1 1RE

An open shopping venue in the heart of Halifax, originally built as a sales centre for weavers, The Piece Hall is home to specialist shops, an art gallery and a tourist information centre. Its unique heritage and distinctive architecture make this much more than just a shopping experience. Currently closed and being transformed into a thriving town square and heritage destination; re-opening in 2016.


Innovation, Hebden Bridge HX7 8ET

This gift shop at historic Hebden Bridge Mill offers a wide range of designer greeting cards, hand-made jewellery, beauty products, ceramics, Punjabi rugs and many seasonal specialities.


Todmorden Market OL14 5AJ

This famous West Yorkshire market was officially opened in 1879 and has been trading without interruption ever since. There are both indoor and outdoor markets here. Fresh, locally produced food is sold at Todmorden Market every Friday.


Ribbon Circus, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH

An amazing range of gifts and ribbons as well as a good choice of unique gifts and Roger LaBorde cards can be found at Ribbon Circus in the centre of Hebden Bridge.

Places to visit


Shibden Hall, Halifax HX3 6XG

This 600-year-old medieval timber-framed manor house in Halifax is one of England's oldest buildings, constructed five years after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The hall includes a variety of restored workshops and the adjacent park has a drystone walling exhibition.


Holmfirth, HD9 3JP

Six miles south of Huddersfield, this small town in the Holme valley is renowned for its sturdy stone-built cottages, hidden alleyways and stunning Pennine scenery. It's famous, too, as the main location for the BBC's long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine.


East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley BD20 5EL

This fascinating building, once the home of a cloth merchant, offers many artefacts and items of oak furniture dating from the 17th century. There are also exquisite embroideries and award-winning gardens.


National Media Museum, Bradford BD1 1NQ

If you're interested in film, television and photography and just about every other area of modern media, here, you'll find seven floors of galleries with permanent exhibitions focusing on animation, video-gaming and the Internet - among other subjects. There are also three cinemas, an IMAX screen and two film festivals. Located in Bradford.


Bankfield Museum, Ackroyd Park, Halifax HX3 6HG

Housed in an imposing Victorian building, less than a mile from the centre of Halifax, Bankfield Museum contains an internationally important collection of costumes and textiles.


Bronte Parsonage, Haworth BD22 8DR

The former home of the Bronte« sisters opened as a museum in 1928. This is where Bronte« fans get a feel for the daily lives of these extraordinary sisters and how they applied themselves as writers. If you feel like a walk while you're there, trek across the Pennines to Top Withins, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights.


Wainhouse Tower, King Cross, Halifax HX2 7DT

One of Calderdale’s best-known landmarks, this 253ft-high 19th-century folly was used as an observation tower during the Second World War. A climb of 400 steps to the top reveals amazing views across the Pennine hills and valleys.


Ribbon Circus, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8AH

An amazing range of gifts and ribbons as well as a good choice of unique gifts and Roger LaBorde cards can be found at Ribbon Circus in the centre of Hebden Bridge.

There are plenty of good walks on Shibden’s doorstep but for something a bit more adventurous, there’s the Calderdale Way, a 50-mile circular long-distance trail that can be joined at any stage and completed in day-long chunks. Close to the route are National Trust-owned Hardcastle Crags, where you’ll find picturesque walks, broad-leaved woodland and rocky outcrops.

There are plenty of enjoyable cycle rides in the Calderdale area, but for a real test of stamina head up Cragg Vale, the longest continuous incline in England – as the Tour de France competitors will confirm – and worth the thigh burn for the fantastic views over this corner of the Pennines.

As you might expect, this corner of the Pennines does well for annual events and festivals. There’s the Scotia Festival of Music (chamber music) from mid-May to mid-June, the Atlantic Fringe Festival in September and Nocturne at Night – a celebration of art in the streets of Halifax – in mid-October.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location – how to get there

By Road:
Shibden Mill Inn is signposted left off the A58 just east of Halifax, just before the junction with A6036.

By Rail:
Halifax Railway Station is a 15-minute cab ride away. Trains from London take 2 1/2 hours to Leeds, then the TransPennine train takes 35 minutes to Halifax.


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