Cider With A Side Of Lunch – Holmfirth’s Pure North Cider Cafe

Outside of Pure North Cider Cafe

Holmfirth’s big claim to fame is having been home to Last of The Summer Wine for its run of eons and eons, but last month I found something else to put Holmfirth on the map.  I was visiting a stone yard in the area to scout for some reclaimed York stone paving for our back yard, and my huband scored major brownie points by proposing we stop at the Pure North Cider Cafe for lunch.

It’s located outside of the town itself, up a narrow, windy road which looks as if it’s about to reach a dead end before swinging a sharp right and petering out by a sign for the shop and cafe.  I hadn’t heard of Pure North before (it was a fortunate Trip Advisor discovery), but I was very excited to read that they press their own apples and make their own cider on site.  Not only that, but they don’t just ship in apples from down south – they press local, home-grown apples to create 100% pressed juice cider, and are currently cultivating their own orchards to expand their production and range.

Two glasses of ciderCider sampling at Pure North

What more could a cider lover want from a lunch spot? Well, lunch obviously, and in a nice location, and Pure North delivers on both accounts.  It was a lovely day when we visited so we sat out on the picnic tables in the garden area and soaked up the sun, but there was a also a covered porch area (with a basket of blankets in case the weather turns chilly) as well as tables available in the cosy shop and cafe.

Menu boardI’ll have one of everything please…

I took a long time deliberating over the tempting menu board, and was impressed by the interesting selection of homemade hot dishes as well as sandwiches (all with locally sourced ingredients).  With cider in mind, I plumped for the Ploughman’s lunch (classic combo), and urged Ste to try the pulled pork sandwich, as another excellent cider match.

SandwichPulled pork with zesty apple sauce

My ploughman’s was fresh, tasty, and with generous wodges of local cheeses and pie, and the pulled pork was beautifully tender, and not soggy like some can be.  The accompanying apple sauce was pretty special too (as you would hope from the kitchen of apple-enthusiasts!).  We followed it up with home baked millionaire’s shortbread, and although I was completly stuffed, I was still greedily eyeing up the spinach and chickpea curry on the next table over (I’ll have to order that next time).

Pure North - Ploughmans2Ploughman’s lunch photographed in blinding sunshine

I’ll save the cider review for another post, but suffice to say they did not disappoint.   I took away a generous haul of of their local press selection (not all for myself mind!), although Liz was a bit alarmed by the fresh cider decanted into the carry bottle – she thought I’d taken to guzzling cleaning fluid.

Cider bottles The cider haul

For non-cider lovers they do the standard set of hot and cold drinks, as well as their their own apple juice and a good range of local ales.   I’d certainly recommend it for anyone fancying a change from the tea shops and cobble streets of the town proper, and when we visited there were lots of hikers and bikers stopping off there, so it seems to be a good spot to take off for more energetic outdoor pursuits if you want to burn some of that pie off….

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