Old Gate – Hebden Bridge – review


Newly arrived to the area I took to Twitter and asked where is good to eat. The Old Gate came up more than once. It was also recommended by our neighbours, so when we fancied treating ourselves to a meal out in Hebden Bridge, this is where we ended up.

The pub is light and spacious, lots exposed brick and bare wood furniture, lovely stone floor. I did not get to go to the bar, but was assured there was a good selection of ales and ciders, but that night I had wine.

We started with Thai Spiced Cod & Squid Fritters with Sweet chilli mayonnaise & lime chutney – £7 and Mixed Kebab board: Marinated tandoori chicken, beef shami kebab, pitta, shredded cabbage, spiced yogurt, chilli sauce – £7, I got the better deal, the kebabs were good, the pita bread was excellent, best pita I have had in a long time. The squid fritters were apparently ‘fishy’ not bad, but not that interesting.

fritters old gatecod & squid fritters old gate

old gate sharing platter

old gate sharing platter

For mains I had 10oz Sirloin twice cooked handcut chunky chips with roasted tomato, mushroom £15 and a Pepper Sauce £2.50. The steak was cooked as requested, the chips were a little bit flabby, I like crunch in my chips and the sauce was just ok, not my kind of pepper sauce, but not the worst I have ever had.

old gate steak and chips

old gate steak and chips

old gate meat platter

He had the Old Gate Meat Board: Pork Schnitzel, pork & chorizo sausage, confit belly pork, panko breaded lamb breast, tandoori chicken skewer, boudin noir, fried duck egg, chunky chips, sauerkraut, minted onion chutney, wholegrain mustard hollandaise – £25

It is huge, so go hungry if you plan on having this. The sausage was very good, the pork belly a bit dry, the lamb breast was bland, the chicken skewer tasty and the boudin noir excellent. The hollandaise was passable. The minted onion chutney was a bit of a joke, it was raw onion with dried mint stirred in, not sure if this is what passes as chutney around here, but it certainly does not qualify as one in my world.

Over all the meal was good, but not exciting, maybe we are jaded from so many places offering sharing boards and twice/triple cooked chips. We’d go again, but as a bigger group so we could try a few more things. I’m not in a hurry to go back though as there are so many other options in town.

http://www.oldgatehebden.co.uk/

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