It’s clear from the numbers that the business goes from strength to strength. Measuring success through repeat bookings (of which there are many) and customer reactions across the board, this is a business that is flying high.
Offering a superb range of choice through its menu, and at reasonable prices, the Shibden Mill Inn proves a strong draw for those looking for a peaceful, leafy location away from the hustle and bustle of Halifax.
Recent investment has seen the pub’s rooms rough bang up to date, and it has created and developed a grill room and wine cave. It’s grilling is squarely focused on locally sourced, farm-reared and butchered beef, lamb and chicken.
A strong focus on staff training and development has kept turnover to a minimum and many have worked their way up in the business and are fully invested in ensuring the operation continues to thrive.
Judge Mandy Wragg said: “Nestled in the fold of a lush valley on the outskirts of bustling Halifax, this 17th century inn is a haven of calm. Smartly whitewashed and dripping with wisteria, it’s a fabulous place to sit out on a good day and enjoy a pint of local ale – or a glass of wine from the interesting, accessible list. In the winter, the beamed bar is the place to be – in front of the roaring fire perhaps, with the papers and a Nettlenipper cheese and homemade pickle sandwich, or go the whole hog with a local lamb rump with pickled shallots slow roasted fig, sesame seeds & crispy barley; everyone gets the same warm, friendly welcome and no-ones going to move you on.”