The best pub in Yorkshire is just a 30-minute drive from Leeds

The Shibden Mill in Halifax has been crowned the best pub in Yorkshire, according to the National Pub and Bar Awards 2021

We all know Yorkshire is hardly short of brilliant pubs, but we’d still never say no to visiting a new one – especially one with the title of the best pub in Yorkshire.

We’re talking about the charming 17th-century pub The Shibden Mill, which is much-loved by regulars and critics alike – and has garnered quite the impressive collection of accolades.

With a 2AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, a mention in this year’s Good Food Guide and a ranking in the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs, there’s no doubt this is a pub worth making a trip for.

What’s more, its owners have just scooped another gong – this time at the 2021 National Pub and Bar Awards.

Having previously been named as the best pub in West Yorkshire at an earlier stage in the competition, the pub took home the regional award for the best in all of Yorkshire but missed out on the national award to The Galvin Green Man in Essex.

Popular for its food offering and nearby walks, you’ll find it nestled in the Shibden Valley near Halifax.

Just a thirty-minute drive from Leeds and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it makes the perfect day out – and there are even bedrooms upstairs if you want to stay the night.

Image: The Shibden Mill Inn

Converted into a country pub from its original purpose as a corn and spinning mill in 1890, the building still retains many of its original character features including low-beamed ceilings and cosy, roaring fireplaces.

Found opposite Red Beck, the millstream that provided the vital nourishment to the inn’s corn and spinning mill beginnings, it’s rooted in the area’s long industrial history.

In the restaurant, you’re treated to a range of menus spanning breakfast, lunch and Sunday roasts as well as their famed a la carte and tasting menus.

Image: The Shibden Mill Inn

The bar, meanwhile, is separate and boasts an extensive wine list as well as a wide-reaching range of drinks that include some lovely local ales, spirit mixers and classic cocktails.

With a gorgeous beer garden and it’s own allotment, this pub really does have it all. The only question left to answer is, when are you going?

Open Monday to Friday 12-11 pm, Saturday12 – 11.30 pm and Sunday 12 – 1030 pm, we’d say the Shibden Mill is an absolute must. That many awards don’t lie.

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