“DETOUR DINING” WORLDWIDE EATERIES WORTH A TRIP
At the foot of a serpentine road in the Southern Pennines, the tidy little Yorkshire hamlet of Hepworth improbably boasts The Butchers Arms, perhaps the finest gastropub (a pub offering fine dining) in England. Warm and inviting with a dog welcoming bar, The Butchers Arms sports 15th Century oaken beams and rough hewn architecture. Yet the cuisine and vibe is positively English modern. From graceful stemware and an extensive international wine list to eclectic artwork and china, this is what every gastropub aspires to be - a home of culinary excellence rooted in an English country pub.
Well known British TV Chef/Owner Timothy Bilton who bought and revived the erstwhile pub in 2008 acknowledges that his place isn’t for everyone. “A certain clientele comes in here and appreciates the finer cuisine.” He melds old and new; his traditional shepherd pie features venison and succulent lamb en croute paired with a Don David Malbec Reserve. Other winning menu items include fresh oysters with meuniere sauce, and a stuffed supreme chicken with white truffle fondant potato. Elegant, convivial and downright delicious, this pub delivers the gastro. Foodies from afar drive past moors, fells and dales to sample Bilton’s fare while locals still walk in for a pint of Yorkshire’s own Timmy Taylor. “Do what you do and do it well,” said a smiling Bilton. He does.
c. Bob Ecker 2013
The Butchers Arms