The Black Horse Inn, Clifton near Brighouse

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When I saw the mention of Posh Fish and Chips with Prosecco on a recent TravelZoo email I knew that was something myself and Mr C would enjoy, the great news was that it wasn’t too far from where we live at The Black Horse Inn in Clifton near Brighouse.

The voucher we bought cost £20 and this included beer-battered Whitby haddock with hand-cut chips, ham-hock mushy peas and tartare sauce, plus a glass of prosecco each.

On arrival we were asked to take a seat in a small room off the bar, comfy chairs, big cushions and a real fire made this a nice room to sit and chat with Mr C and put the world to rights.  Real ales on offer were Timothy Taylor’s Landlord or a bitter brewed for the inn by Slightly Foxed Brewing Company in Sowerby Bridge.   We were then led through to a dining room at the back of the property, a nice room but a bit chilly and some other diners did ask for the radiators to be turned on which made it much comfier.

Bread was served followed by our meals. When the waiter has to move the cutlery further apart you know you’ve got a big plateful of food about to appear and we weren’t disappointed.  The fish was perfectly battered, crisp and very tasty with huge flakes of fish inside. I didn’t get any bones and Mr C just got a couple.  Thank heavens for that as I’d have squealed and pulled a face!  The ham hock mushy peas were the best mushy peas I have ever tasted.  The ham hock and mint made them almost a meal in themselves.  The tartare sauce was delicious with plenty of capers bursting in my mouth.  It’s weird that I love tartare sauce yet I’ve never like capers or gherkins which are two of the main ingredients!  This was very tasty with a good sized portion.  The chips tasted good, skins still on and just melted in your mouth like only a perfect chip can do.

So all in all delicious!  I was outfaced slightly but Mr C managed to eat all his portion and the rest of mine, definitely the sign of a good meal when two plates go back to the kitchen empty.

We decided to have coffee and tea to finish our meal, there was a heavy storm outside and it was much better to stay inside!  My black coffee was good, not too strong but definitely a proper coffee.  Mr C’s pot of tea was amazing… a little Chinese style teapot with real tea leaves and a ‘tea timer’… the waiter told him that his tea would be ready when the middle (black) timer finished.  When Mr C poured his tea it was definitely the perfect shade of tea and he said it tasted just right.  We also had a couple of sweets each with our drinks, coconut fudge which melted in the mouth into fudgey deliciousness and a little sugary chocolate biscuit, too moreish to be biscotti but very tasty.

Highly recommend this offer with TravelZoo and we’ll certainly be visiting this inn again.  The waiter was lovely and made us feel welcome. They do a ‘Call my Bluff’ style wine tasting which sounds fun as well as special menus throughout the year.  There was a Burns Night menu for later that evening when we visited, special menus for Valentines and Mothers Day.  They do a Tasting Menu on a regular basis and the Foi Gras Brulee on the next tasting menu sounds like heaven as does the Chocolate Delice and the Beetroot Parfait!  Certainly sounds a lovely tasting menu at this AA Rosette Restaurant.

They have an outside courtyard area to eat in when the weather is warm and with lot of rooms available to stay in it’s definitely the perfect venue for a quiet meal or even a weekend away and with wedding packages they really can cater for most events.

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The TravelZoo offer is still available until 31 March 2014 http://www.travelzoo.com/uk/local-deals/West–Yorkshire/Restaurant/96384?utm_source=localdeal_us&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1663581_html_west-yorkshire_deal%3a96384&utm_content=1663581&tz_adid=1663581

The Black Horse Inn’s website http://www.blackhorseclifton.co.uk/

Slightly Foxed Brewing Company website http://slightlyfoxedbrewery.co.uk/

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