Sunday, 18 April 2010

The Three Acres, Shelley

We won £68 on the lottery on Wednesday night so thought we'd blow the lot at the Three Acres at Shelley, between Wakefield and Huddersfield. It's a few hundred yards from the Emley Moor transmitter, so it couldn't be easier to find. We've really enjoyed it in the past and this was no exception. You usually need to book here though, because it is very popular. We were lucky to get a small table in a narrow room in the bar.

We started with a large plate containing a selection of the chef's choice of starters to share. It was massive, and contained small cups of roast tomato soup, pickled herring, potato salad, pate, a terrine, a bowl of mussels, grilled aubergine, melba toast and lots of green leafy stuff. We really could have done with a bigger table. Delightful and, as it turned out, too filling.

Mains were calves liver with saute potatoes and creamed spinach, the lower photograph, and venison (perfectly griddled) with home made venison and pork chorizo and béarnaise sauce served with a big bowl of really good crispy/fluffy chips and, most mysteriously, a large Caesar salad, with bacon, anchovies and croutons. The venison meal was so big the chips were barely touched. Mary couldn't finish the liver either, so we asked to take the leftover piece home. The waitress packaged it in a Three Acres branded foil and cardboard take-away container. They are obviously used to providing doggy bags.

Overall, this meal cost the same as the Sunday lunch at the Clocktower a week or two back (£62 including one tea, one coffee and one pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord). This one was much, much better.

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