Let’s face it. We’re hardly short of great places to eat here in Yorkshire. But few boast as fascinating a history as the Shibden Mill Inn, in Halifax.
Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Shibden Hall – the now-iconic former residence of Yorkshirewoman Anne Lister – the venue has become one of the region’s gastronomical delights, serving award-winning grub that’s sure to please all. But it wasn’t always the cosy drinking and dining haven that it is today.
Once owned by Anne Lister’s most well-known lover, Ann Walker, the inn was originally a corn and spinning mill built back in the 17th century, before being transformed into a country pub in 1890 – decades after the deaths of both Lister and Walker.
Today the original structure remains a fascinating part of Halifax’s rich history, allowing fans of Gentleman Jack to witness something that was a piece of the lives of the two legendary lovers.
Proudly retaining the Shibden name, the inn now welcomes tons of patrons every single day, serving up picture-perfect dishes made with produce grown at the Shibden Mill itself.
We’re talking artfully-formed plates of Yorkshire lamb rump, Chateaubriand, sea trout and more, each served with perfectly paired wines picked out by the team of sommeliers.
For those looking for something a little more casual, the pub also serves up a menu of freshly made pizzas which are handmade in the garden, where guests can soak up the sun among the stunning greenery.
Inside of the pub is pure magic – particularly if you appreciate the old worldly style as we do – with ancient beams and thick stone walls still intact, a cosy, crackling fire and intimate lighting throughout, amplifying the elegant Gentleman Jack-era decor that’s been carefully selected for the pub’s aesthetic.
Upstairs, the pub is also home to its very own Anne Lister suite, where fans can get the full experience with luxury finishes such as a free-standing roll-top tub, characterful decor and leafy views.
Guests staying the night can also take advantage of the pub’s fantastic location, which is just a half an hour walk through the valley to Shibden Hall – where Anne Lister lived – and just a 45-minute stroll away from other Halifax highlights such as The Piece Hall.
The pub has racked up some incredible reviews on Tripadvisor, with guests calling the food “utterly delicious” and the venue itself “phenomenal”.
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[Featured image: Shibden Mill Inn]