18th, Nov 2009
Situated in the old local Pub the Rose and Crown at Hoylandswaine is James Riley’s bijou fine dining experience. Previously of Baldwin’s Omega and Carriages in Sheffield, he, with his partner Nicola is setting high standards.
The restaurant occupies one small room at the back of the Pub and another open plan to the bar, which can be a little smoky so it’s a good idea to mention your preference when booking. The choice of five starters averaging about £4.50 and seven main courses at around £12.50 had something for everyone. We were offered a variety of warm home made bread which was a fine accompaniment to my husband’s choice of Assiette of seafood and mine of Smoked haddock and mushy pea fishcake with rocket and lemon oil. For main course we chose, Pan seared sea bass with a miniature fish pie and Fillet of beef with corned beef hash and red wine jus. I have to say it was the best steak and perfectly cooked, I have had for a while; all served with some freshly prepared steaming vegetables.
The wine list was short but covered most palates all priced around £12-£13 and available by the glass. We chose an Australian Sauvignon Blanc which lived up to its clean, crisp reputation.
Unfortunately I had no room for dessert, and, with a choice of Tiramisu cappuccino with amaretti biscuits or Sticky toffee brulee with homemade shortbread to mention two for £4.95 I was very tempted. My consolation was that our coffees came with delicious home made chocolates.
The weekly lunch menu has 2 courses for £9.95 and three for £12.95
Sunday Lunch is more traditional at £11.50 and £14.50
Reservations are recommended, especially at weekends
Tuesday to Friday 12-2 and 6-9
17th, Nov 2009
The Chilli Lodge
The Chilli Lodge is located in an unusual setting, in the heart of an equestrian sports field just outside Barnsley.
Offering a true taste of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, The Chilli Lodge has all the traditional favourites, very reasonably priced, including Chicken tikka starter at £2.75 and Lamb Jalfrezi at £5.95.
However what makes Chilli Lodge different is the way in which owner Abdul Mutahid has combined his eastern culinary experience with locally reared meats such as venison and ostrich. Fusion food at its very best!!
Diners can enjoy even better value on Thursdays and Sundays when an all-you-can-eat buffet is available for just £8.95 (half price for children) with a wide range of starters and 3-4 main options, giving curry lovers and curry novices the chance to try something new.
While waiters made every effort to refresh the buffet, the naan breads and bhajis didn't suit being left for too long, but overall the service, the setting and the food combined to provide a different kind of curry experience; one that is well worth trying.
3rd, Nov 2009
Cannot fault their service! I enjoy relaxing after work in this friendly environment.