Thursday, 30 December 2010

Birchwood Farm Pub and Restaurant – A welcome addition to the Castleford, West Yorkshire area

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Birchwood Farm pub and restaurant

Glorious gateaux at Birchwood Farm

Located near to Castleford and Pontefract, the Birchwood Farm pub and restaurant is close to the M62, junction 32, Freeport Outlet Shopping Village and Xscape Extreme Sports and Leisure facility and opposite Wakefield College and Asda superstore. It is really easy to find.

We visited on the Tuesday after Christmas and the place was extremely busy. However the service was efficient and we were seated within ten minutes of arrival but there was a forty five minute wait for the food. Yet this did not detract from the very positive experience overall. There were three hand pulled, real ales to choose from at the bar. The two we sampled while waiting were delicious. These were a special Christmas ale that was very sweet and fruity and a smooth and hoppy pint from a local brewery. The surroundings were bright and airy and just the right temperature unlike some similar places this winter.

Having opted for the Light Meal option of a hot sandwich with chips and salad garnish we were not disappointed. My beef and stilton affair was filled with melt in the mouth slices and a firm yet crumbly tang of cheese. My Mother’s cajun chicken concoction was soft, moist and flavoursome. The chips were hot and firm and tasted freshly cooked and the salad was much more than an afterthought with ample lettuce, tomato, onion and a ball of coleslaw. We were impressed. The only slight disappointment was that the ciabatta had clearly been microwaved and was approaching the consistency of warm cardboard. However this was easily forgiven as the place was extremely busy and everything else was flawless.

Unfortunately we did not have room for one of the multitude of delicious cakes that Birchwood Farm is becoming famous for. They are huge and can be viewed while salivating in a glass fronted display cabinet at the end of the bar. A take out service is provided too which at only £3.99 a portion is gateaux heaven indeed.

Birchwood Farm has very cleverly incorporated many different aspects of the pub/dining experience to appeal to a variety of customers. There is a separate family area with interactive facilities and books for children. Children under 12 are not permitted in any other part of the pub. Such intelligent segregation makes for a relaxing experience for all. This along with the cake take away, an apparently sumptious daily carvery, regular menu items, daily specials and real ales all at reasonable prices makes for a welcome addition to drinking and dining in thie Castleford, West Yorkshire area.

Birchwood Farm, Colorado Way, Glasshoghton, nr Castleford, West Yorkshire

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