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Design House Dean Clough , Halifax

Restaurant on the brilliantly converted old carpet mill just out of town center. We've been to a couple of events there already and clocked the smart looking restaurant already to save for a special occasion. It's that high end 9 course tasting menu stuff at 70 quid each. Its top drawer tucker according to all the reviews but not your everyday sustenance.

Any way, we got a voucher that charged us 38 quid for the pair of us for a 7 course tasting menu so off we jolly well popped.

I drove so no pop at all for me, not a bad thing since liquor prices are where they claw back the margins on these deals apparently. MrsD was also abstaining so the old " would you like to sit at the bar while we arrange your table" trick didn't work. I ask thee, do these people think they are dealing with fucking amateurs here.

One of the courses was olives and Hors d'oeuvre at the bar. Beautiful  subtle flavoured assortment of fresh moist olives with a mini pork crisp cradle of mouse and a light mini scone with bacon.

To our table, no jackets on the backs of chairs so i instinctively emptied my pockets into my jeans to blow the cover straight away and announce to all the kind of places we usually go to and that a lucky northern chancer has entered the building.

The dining  area was spacious contemporary elegant all greys and harmonious angles with individual unique objects on each table. The clientele was Yorkshire posh, which is to say not very, the sort you'd see on a Dalziel and Pascoe episode at a gala. The kind of place Christa Ackroyd would go. Wait a minute, there she is on the next table but we were far to polite to look  longer than a second.

We asked for water and automatically got tap water which to me is the sign of a classy place. Well chaps, it was wonderfull. The service unfussy but attentive, efficient and the descriptions of the courses engaging. The food was the kind that makes you realise what all the foody fuss  is about. Yep its annoying and poncey when they go on and on about it but food like this, food that tastes of what it says and all goes together to make the beautiful individual bits  better is something else. A combination of natural goodness, art, science and skill.

I cant remember every single item but some  stand out. A crisp light fishcake with little bits of pickled veg, a black pudding fritter type thing,  ham hock,crispy skinned mackerel and sea bass with a bread crumbed deboned chicken wing, concentrated jellies, citrusy jus, shavings, crumbs of different crumby things all before the " main course" of a med rare sirloin fillet, small but beautifully formed. Somethings didn't quite work for me. The bass and chicken wing served together was a bit confusing even though the separate elements were perfect. One of the mackerel fillets could have had a crispier skin but we're in nit pick alley here.  It was munchy luxury.

We had a pre pudding of an airy cream foam with cider and pears followed by a cheese cake. The cheese cake had obviously been dropped on the floor, picked up and put back on the plate. Either that or I'm misunderstanding the word deconstructed. It was very tasty and balanced which i think must be difficult with rhubarb as it is usually stewed or baked into the  seething foul tasting weed it is.

So there we were finished  with the last empty plate still on the table ten minutes later. We didn't have anything to pay, the voucher covered everything but we were going to have two coffees and leave a tip if only to avoid being complete cheap skates. Any way we waited another ten minutes, still nothing so we beckoned the waitress. She took the plates and another ten minutes still no coffees. We couldn't understand it. The service had been impeccable up to then. So we confirmed with another waiter we had nothing to pay cancelled the coffees even though we knew they had been forgotten and left. Most curious, a little blip on an otherwise excellent night. We shall surely go again, especially with the same deal.
Dock

Engineering my arse. Its clear you're the new tourism officer for Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd (Incorporating Kirklees). I bet you are on commission or summat.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about12231.html&highlight=clough
bearing

Dock wrote:
Engineering my arse. Its clear you're the new tourism officer for Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd (Incorporating Kirklees). I bet you are on commission or summat.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about12231.html&highlight=clough


I thought Kirklees incorporated Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd?
Dock

bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
Engineering my arse. Its clear you're the new tourism officer for Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd (Incorporating Kirklees). I bet you are on commission or summat.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about12231.html&highlight=clough


I thought Kirklees incorporated Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd?


Good point well made. It all changed after the peasants revolt and battle of Netherthong in the year of our lord 1956. The Mytholmroyd Fusiliers fought valiantly for Kirklees to have prominence in the area. We Shall not forget the fallen.

*lays wreath*
Grind

Who shagged these flowers?
bearing

Dock wrote:
bearing wrote:
Dock wrote:
Engineering my arse. Its clear you're the new tourism officer for Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd (Incorporating Kirklees). I bet you are on commission or summat.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about12231.html&highlight=clough


I thought Kirklees incorporated Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd?


Good point well made. It all changed after the peasants revolt and battle of Netherthong in the year of our lord 1956. The Mytholmroyd Fusiliers fought valiantly for Kirklees to have prominence in the area. We Shall not forget the fallen.

*lays wreath*


*salutes*
Late Doors

Dock wrote:
Engineering my arse. Its clear you're the new tourism officer for Cleckhuddersfax & Calderroyd (Incorporating Kirklees). I bet you are on commission or summat.

http://regdafishthinktank.com/about12231.html&highlight=clough


Ha ha, there'd be a few smirks from proper engineers over that. I've got a City n Guilds piece of paper that says I'm one but then again Ken Bates has one that says he is fit and proper to run a football club. I've not cut metal in anger for over thirty years now, hands like silk with manners to match.

There's lots of good things happening all over West Yorkshire, id love to be some kind of tourist guide or promoter one day.  

Now then, the matter of geography that seems to be confusing you both. Cleckhuddersfax seems to be  a catch all term used by Loiners to denote all lands west of Burmantofts. It seems to also include Morley, Pudsey, Bramley. A mate from Cross Gates even disparagingly dismissed Wortley as Bradford such is the myopic colloquialism of East Leeds people    . I've heard it all my life at the footy, fuck me they've spent more time fighting each other than the Mancs    .

Cleckheaton is as much Huddersfield as Wetherby is Leeds, in fact most people from Huddersfield have probably never been to Cleck and would also dismiss it as being Bradford ironically enough. Halifax is a different borough altogether. It's like saying Wakey is Leeds. Not that i give two fricks, being a citizen of Yorkshire n all that but i have often wondered how fucking dangerous Leeds fans could be if they actually got on with each other regardless of where they are from.

Halifax is to Calderdale what Huddersfield is to Kirklees. Ie the main proper place in a fictitious boundary drawn up by jumped up wannabe politicians to pretend to be boss of. Mytholmroyd falls in the Calderdale make believe area but it is a proper place. Myhtherers (people from Mytholmroyd) view Calderdale with the same disdain as we do Kirklees.

Netherthong is a village outside Huddersfield, just below Upperthong and above Thongsbridge. It is very important to get your thongs correctly positioned around here.

Seen as how your all so interested ill be going through the intricacies of the Dalton, Rawthorpe, Moldgreen, Waterloo and Almondbury boundaries in the next instalment. Maybe even explain where Lockwood and Salford meet if i think you're up to it. You're going to have to raise your game the pair of you though.
Dock

Mytherers? Ace. In the final analysis Calderdale or Kirklees, all of yer would give a bull mastiff your stiffy faster than you can say "Fetch Boy".
bearing

Late Doors wrote:

Seen as how your all so interested ill be going through the intricacies of the Dalton, Rawthorpe, Moldgreen, Waterloo and Almondbury boundaries in the next instalment. Maybe even explain where Lockwood and Salford meet if i think you're up to it. You're going to have to raise your game the pair of you though.


I for one can't bloody wait!

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