What do you do when you have a wonderful traditional village pub, complete with seven guest bedrooms, and you want to make it even better? You strike up a partnership with the owner of a top local bistro to run the kitchen.

That is just what Phil and Karen Croft, the owners of the Craven Heifer in Addingham did when they took over the inn a few months ago. They approached Matt Broadley, the owner and chef at Broadley’s Bistro in Ilkley and asked him to take care of the food part of the enterprise by introducing a new range of dishes on a menu specifically designed to meet the needs of diners in a local pub.

Phil, Karen and Matt – in that order! Photograph by Heidi Marfitt Photography

They often recommend Broadley’s to their customers when asked for a recommendation so it seemed the natural choice. They also got along very well as people so that was another plus.

Don’t worry, the place isn’t going all Masterchef with foam and jus all over the place, but will serve up the traditional meals associated with eating in a hostelry. The first dish to be included on the menu was scampi, closely followed by fish and chips. Ham and eggs, and bangers and mash soon joined the party as did a traditional Sunday roast so, along with whatever is added to the list before the opening date, there will be plenty of choice to go with your pint of hand-pulled ale or glass of wine.

As many of the ingredients as possible will be locally sourced and, being in Yorkshire, why would you want to go anywhere else.

The opening date for Broadley’s at the Craven Heifer is Wednesday, 21st July with food being served from noon until 3.00pm Wednesday to Friday, all day Saturday and noon until 5.00pm Sunday. Bookings are being taken now. As with any village local worth its salt, dogs are welcome.

For more information or to book a table either telephone 01943-831548 or visit http://www.cravenheifer-addingham.co.uk

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