The Tower House
Bob and I were treated to some excellent hospitality and food at one of the area's most well-established venues in the area, the Tower House Restaurant, based at the foot of one of Calderdale's most famous landmarks, WainhouseTower.
Some fine real ale from the Saltaire Brewery won me over immediately, then the friendly staff showed us to the dining area. An old friend was dining so I shook hands and got his comments straight away. They are regular diners there which always speaks volumes for any establishment.
The waitress service was wonderful and all the staff were very polite and friendly.
The presentation was very good and all this before the food arrived.
Once it did come to us it didn't disappoint. Bob had a garlic mushroom in pastry starter whilst I chose the chicken liver pate. Both starters caringly presented.
It could be difficult to review a Carvery, after all there are few surprises… a choice of meats, vegetables accompanying sauces and gravy. However, you'd be wrong. The secret weapon they call 'sexy cabbage' for a start is worth a try. An interesting take on a traditional veg and one that melts away those memories of overboiled school dinners. The meat itself was well cooked and the vegetable selection was ample. Plenty of choice and plenty to eat.
For dessert Bob chose…..more meat!! I went for the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. Again, a delicious choice of sweet.
We skipped the coffee in favour of the bar and then the manager Robert Oddy gave us a tour of the hotel. Robert has not only given new life to the Tower House Hotel but speaks with passion and enthusiasm about the plans he has for its future.
In these times of uncertainty it is a pleasure to meet someone who is willing to take chances and at the same time preserve the heritage of such a fine place.
A highly enjoyable evening and one that I hope to repeat. Oh, and the chef even gave us a tin foil swan each.
- Bob Tipton