“Ma Kin Khow Kun” at Malagor Thai Restaurant – a taste of the Orient in Ossett

This article first appeared in the October 2014 edition of the Wakefield magazine TopicUK. Please check the restaurant’s website for updated details of menus, prices, opening hours, etc.

Now, I have to start with an admission. Dining at a Thai restaurant is not something that usually comes very high on my list of things to do. However, as your regular restaurant reviewer, now back from my holidays, I was asked to try out Malagor Thai Restaurant in Ossett. A table was duly booked and three of us went along one recent Monday evening to sample the Malagor experience. I’m pleased to report that I really rather enjoyed it – and one of my companions (who has had far more experience of this sort of thing than I have) assured me that this was one of the best Thai meals she had eaten.

Some of you may remember the Two Brewers public house on the corner of Queen’s Drive and Towngate in Ossett. Well the pub has long gone (as has the Indian restaurant that followed it) but the building remains. Now under new management, the building has been delightfully, but simply refurbished, to create a light, bright and welcoming venue that offers the traditional taste of Thai cuisine.

Business owners, husband and wife team Benjamin and Benjawan Marshall (Ben and Benjie for short), have created something very special in their new enterprise, opened just three years ago. Ben, born in Leeds but who has lived in Ossett for 25 years now, has a marketing background and previously worked for a businessman who decided to set up a chain of Thai restaurants. Ben handled the marketing and suppliers for the chain and it was while doing this that he met Benjie, who hails from Thailand and was working in one of the restaurants. They got on well, married and cooked up a plan to branch out on their own. Thus was born Malagor Restaurant (as well as their daughter, now aged four).

At Malagor, Ben and Benjie have a simple philosophy – to provide the very best authentic Thai ingredients and herbs, freshly cooked and beautifully presented to create attractive dishes that are both healthy and appetising; they don’t use additives, such as MSG.

The menu is extensive, with a good range of starters and mains and a nice selection of vegetarian options. Dishes are marked for the potency of their spices, from ‘mild’, through ‘spicy’ to ‘very spicy’, but don’t be deterred if you don’t like the hot and spicy: there are many alternative dishes available. There are set menus (banquets, for a minimum of two people to share), early–bird menus and an à la carte menu; there’s even a take-away menu. Prices are reasonable with banquets starting at £17.95 per person. On the à la carte menu, starters begin at £4.50 and (vegetarian) mains at just under £8. Of course, with such a range of dishes and side dishes on offer, it is quite easy to mix and match, especially if dining in a group, so that you get to sample a wide range of flavours and textures – something that would be a normal part of any Thai family gathering, where starters, curries, stir fry dishes and steaks, would all be served together, along with a big bowl of soup to share and enjoy.

Having ordered our food and drinks, I took the opportunity to have a quick look around. As I said, the restaurant is light, bright and welcoming but with some interesting touches, including a fascinating mural, hand-drawn and painted by Benjie who has creativity running through her veins (amongst other things, she also makes clothes, for example). The restaurant was quite busy for what might be regarded as a quiet night, including a birthday party group, and is divided into a number of distinct areas, each with its own theme and ambience.

There’s the Bar Suchart area, named after a Thai legend renowned for his love for life and fun. Here you can enjoy a pre- or post-prandial cocktail. The Jantra Room, taking its name from the Thai word for moon, is a cosy, intimate section of the restaurant, perfect for couples perhaps wanting a bit more privacy. The Thong Na Room features the Thai mural, striking potted greenery and big, picture windows. Finally, the Lanna Room, named after the Lanna region of North Thailand, is an upper area at the far end of the restaurant and is advertised as being particularly suitable for business meetings, or very special family occasions.

Re-joining my companions as the food was delivered to the table, the first thing to strike me was how eye-catchingly presented it was – each dish a work of art to stimulate both the visual and culinary palettes. Between us (two vegetarians and an omnivore) we began with a selection of spring rolls, homemade sweetcorn cakes and pork on toast, served with either a fruity plum sauce or a sweet chilli sauce. For mains, we had dishes of stirred fried vegetables, fried rice and egg with vegetables and tomatoes, and stir-fried chicken and vegetables. Two of us managed puddings – a very nice lime panna cotta and a mango pudding, both accompanied by fruit salad. Coffees and after dinner mints completed the meal.

Afterwards, I spoke to Ben about the restaurant. His pride and enthusiasm showed through. Ben is the only non-Thai to work in the restaurant but told me that the restaurant takes its name from the Thai word for the papaya fruit, one of the most important ingredients in Thai cuisine. Ben explained that as well as running the restaurant, they also offer monthly cookery classes, run by his wife, for people who want to learn how to cook and prepare Thai dishes. These classes have proved very popular and gift vouchers can be purchased from the restaurant for those wanting to treat family and friends. Ben joked that a number of his male customers, having sampled the food in the restaurant, have bought the vouchers for their wives to learn how to cook their favourite Thai food at home!

Thais, whose culture is centred on family and food, have a phrase inviting you to stay and enjoy food with them: ‘Ma Kin Khow Kun’. They extend open invitations to friends and family to come round to their homes to enjoy time together. When someone visits a Thai home, they will be invited to stay longer and enjoy some food – ‘Ma Kin Khow Kun’. Having now sampled the food at Malagor Thai for myself, I can understand the attraction and I do urge you to give it a try – let Malagor extend its welcome to you.

http://www.malagor.co.uk/

Queen’s Drive, Ossett, WF5 0NH

Learning their trade: Great service and value are on the menu at Gaskell’s Restaurant at Wakefield College

This article first appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Wakefield magazine TopicUK. Please check with the restaurant the latest details of menus, prices, opening hours, etc.

When you sit down to a meal in a restaurant or hotel, do you ever wonder where the people who are cooking your food or waiting your table learned their skills?

Did you know that, right here in Wakefield, we have our own well-established and fully-licensed training restaurant operated by young hospitality students who are working towards their Professional Cookery Diplomas and BTEC National Diploma in the hospitality industry?

Well, wonder no more – Gaskell’s Restaurant at Wakefield College (Margaret Street Campus building) is the establishment in question and I had the good fortune to sample their lunch menu recently when I visited as a guest of the restaurant.

My first visit to Gaskell’s was nearly four years ago when I dined there with members of Wakefield Civic Society’s Dining Club. The food was so well prepared, and the students so friendly, that the evening was judged a great success by all and it was no surprise to us that members voted Gaskell’s one of the Society’s Restaurants of the Year in 2010. It was, however, a very pleasing outcome for the man in charge of the hospitality and catering programme, Laurent Berges, who was, of course, delighted that his staff and the students had been recognised in this way. Gaskell’s then completed the hat-trick by going on to win the award again in 2011 and 2012.

It was, therefore, with high expectations that I chose Gaskell’s, named after Wakefield’s first MP, Daniel Gaskell (1782-1875), for my review and I decided to try their lunchtime offering, a new experience for me.

The restaurant is situated off Margaret Street in the St John’s area of Wakefield, an area resplendent in fine Georgian and Victorian architecture. Alas, the architecture of the college building doesn’t match the style of its neighbours being a rather utilitarian contrivance that dates from around the 1960s. Somebody must have loved it once, I suppose, but we’re not here to judge the architecture, so I’ll press on. All I’ll say is, don’t let the outside deter you – it’s what happens inside that matters and, from the moment we crossed the threshold, we were once more impressed by the warmth of the welcome we received.

Greeted at the door to the restaurant and our coats taken, we were shown to the bar area and given our menus to peruse while we sat in comfortable chairs sipping our drinks. The restaurant is fully licensed and offers a reasonable mix of soft and alcoholic drinks – wine, for example, at £12 or £13 a bottle, also available by the glass.

Our waiter, Chris George, introduced himself to us and showed us to our table. The restaurant was nicely busy with a mix of couples and groups, everyone chatting away and seemingly enjoying their meals.

The lunchtime menu, which changes weekly, is simple affair with a choice of starter, three main course offerings and three desserts to pick from. I went for the Yellow Split Pea Soup served with a bread roll, followed by the vegetarian Toad in the Hole, served with Sauté Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables and Sauté Cabbage, finishing off with Apple and Wensleydale Pie with Cardaman Ice Cream and Custard. (I also sampled a good piece of my partner’s Curd Tart, this sweet being one of my particular favourites). The whole meal was truly excellent: beautifully cooked and presented with sufficiently-sized portions to fill without being over-faced.

Service by Chris and his assistant table waiter Luke Bradbury, was efficient and attentive. Like all the students working in the restaurant, whether front of house or in the kitchen, they operated under the supervision of staff lecturers but otherwise, the idea behind Gaskell’s is to provide students with “a realistic working environment in which to practise the skills they have learnt in the classroom”. This is not one of those slick, high-class establishments where the waiters are haughty and everyone speaks in hushed tones: it is a training school for young people learning their trade and conversation seems to be encouraged. I asked Chris if he had drawn the short straw in having to wait on my table – quite the contrary; he had volunteered to do so and this attitude is typical – the students are keen to impress.

According to the website, Gaskell’s provides customers with “the opportunity to sample high quality dishes at moderate prices” and, at this point, I must say something about the prices – they are exceptionally good value for money! With a three-course lunch for just £8.50 and dinner prices starting at just £13.50, (drinks extra), no one can complain about the cost especially as the quality of the food is something you would perhaps associate with a much higher-priced meal. Watch out for their programme of themed dinner menus – details on the website.

After my lunch, I chatted with Chris, now in his final year as a BTEC student, and Luke, who is a first-year student. Both were committed to their chosen career paths. They enjoyed working with people but also saw the catering and hospitality business as one that could offer great job opportunities in the future. Interestingly, they also saw the industry as one that would offer opportunities to travel – something that is in fact about to happen as they will both be taking up a month-long placement in Sweden in the near future as part of their course work. With some of their fellow students studying in Venice at the time of my visit to Gaskell’s, it certainly does seem that Wakefield College is creating international opportunities and a great reputation for its students.

Reservations Hotline: 01924 789505 (Phone line open Tuesday 9am – 3pm, Wednesday 9am – 3pm & 5pm – 8pm, Thursday 9am – 3pm, Friday 9am – 12pm)

In prime position – Grill Primal Kitchen, 31 Northgate, Wakefield

This article first appeared in the February 2014 edition of the Wakefield magazine TopicUK. The restaurant has since closed but a new venture, Olive and Meze, has since opened at the same address.

“If it can be grilled, we can cook it!” – so said Laura Cheshire, one half of the husband and wife team behind one of Wakefield’s smaller restaurants – Grill Primal Kitchen, in Northgate (just off the Bull Ring). Boasting perhaps one of the narrowest frontages of any restaurant in the city centre it’s easy to miss but Grill Primal Kitchen stretches back from the street to accommodate up to 30 diners and the tables and seating are flexible enough to be arranged in just about any combination to cater for any size of group.

Some of you will know it as Grill! 31 but a recent internal makeover has given proprietors Laura and David Cheshire an opportunity to ring the changes both decoratively and on the menu. (The restaurant still carries the old name on the outside, but this is temporary matter and on the list headed ‘Things to do’).

Under its former guise of Grill! 31, the restaurant was voted one of Wakefield Civic Society’s Restaurants of the Year in 2012, so the refurbishment gave me a good reason to go back to see how things had changed.

Well, one thing that has most definitely not changed is the high quality of the food or the welcome you receive when you enter. The food is carefully and caringly prepared – the open archway through to the kitchen gave me a good view of David as he crafted each dish. The setting remains very informal and relaxed: as David says, “When people come into the restaurant, I want them to feel more as if they were coming to my home for dinner. Part of our enjoyment is the ability to interact with the customers and to talk to them about the menu and the food they are eating.”

Now, if you’re anything like me, once you’ve taken your seat, you’ll want to see the wine list. It’s ample and sufficient without being fussy or intimidating. A reasonably priced and very palatable house wine comes by the glass, carafe (or half carafe), while a selection or reds, whites and rosés can be ordered by the glass or the bottle. There’s also a Prosecco and various bottled beers and spirits.

The food menu, which is varied incrementally with some dishes being added or removed each month depending on what’s in season (and what people are ordering), comes, somewhat surprisingly as the centrefold of children’s annuals (yes, you did read that correctly). There’s a good mix of dishes with more than a passing nod to Cypriot cuisine. All food is prepared freshly to order which means that special dietary requirements can be easily catered for – just have a word with the chef – and there’s a special’s board as well.

To start your meal, you can choose from a good range of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes: you’ll find typical favourites such as Vegetable Keftedes (made with chickpeas onions and fresh herbs) and Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves with rice and herbs). Other dishes include French Onion Soup with mature cheddar crouton; Grilled Chicken with bbq sauce; Fresh Catfish and Lobster Cakes with harissa salsa; and Fresh Beer-Battered Calamari with skordalia (garlic and potato) dip. Prices range from £4.95 to £7.95 – and portion size is generous. I can particularly recommend the Warm Goat’s Cheese Salad but it’s almost a meal in itself!

Main courses are either grilled over the fire pot or baked in the oven. Once again, there’s a varied selection of meat, fish and poultry dishes priced from £11.00 to £17.95 – although if you are up to the challenge, you can try “The 2 KiloMeater” a “72oz (or 2 kilogram) stack of prime Yorkshire rib eyes” for the rather princely sum of £58.95 (and there’s no sharing allowed!).

If you are not up to that, then you might prefer to try Marinated Chicken Breast Skewers with tzatziki & lemon for £11.00 or Grilled Baby Seabass served with skordalia for £11.95. From the oven, you could try Chicken ‘Saganaki’ baked with fresh tomato and feta cheese for £11.25 as one of my dining companions did – and thoroughly enjoyed. Do have a look at the full menu on the restaurant’s website.

At first sight, vegetarians appear to be less well-catered for – but don’t be put off by the fact there’s only one option on the published menu as David loves to be creative and will rustle up something special for you. It helps if you can give him notice when you book, of course! The Vegetable Layercake, made up of sliced courgettes, aubergine, sweet potatoes and tomatoes was most enjoyable – but ask for it without the chilli peppers if you’re not a fan of the hot and spicy!

I mentioned that portion size was generous when it came to the starters; well, this is a theme that is continued through to the main course and you might want to think about sharing any side orders you take a fancy to: priced from £2.50 to £4.75, these offer a selection of potato, salad, vegetable and rice dishes.

For me, no meal is complete without dessert but I have to say, I very nearly waivered! However, and purely in the course of duty, I managed a rather lovely limoncello cheesecake with raspberry purée. Whether it was strictly necessary to ask for the two dollops of ice cream that came with it, I shall leave others to judge! If you want to go there, desserts are all priced at £4.95.

Although David has worked at other restaurants, this is the first time that he and Laura have run their own place. They deserve to succeed! Supported by their four staff, they actually want to keep things small and cosy, re-emphasising the importance they place on the quality of the food and the service. It’s this personal touch that really matters to them: so much so that they have recently run fund-raising evenings for charitable causes and they would be pleased to speak to anyone wanting to organise such an event in the restaurant – just get in touch.

This restaurant has now closed down.

Cheesecake

Kalispere Wakefield! – Greece is definitely the word at the Delphi Café and Restaurant, Wakefield

This article first appeared in the January 2014 edition of the Wakefield magazine TopicUK. Please check the restaurant’s website for updated details of menus, prices, opening hours, etc.

I’ve sometimes heard people say that there’s nowhere to eat out in Wakefield. This makes me rather tetchy because it’s just not true! Wakefield has an abundance of snack bars, cafés, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants catering for just about every taste at any time of day – and the choice keeps on growing.

On an evening, there is an increasingly cosmopolitan selection of restaurants from which to choose. From the familiar Italian, Chinese and Indian establishments, to the more exotic Kashmiri, Thai and now even Japanese eateries, there really is something for everyone in and around Wakefield if you’re prepared to do your homework and seek them out, as more and more of the city’s resident diners and visitors are discovering for themselves. However, there is one restaurant that perhaps remains relatively undiscovered save to a discerning few.

Situated just off the Bull Ring and next to the Market Hall, the Delphi Café and Restaurant is a workaday yet busy café during the daytime: you may well have walked past it many times and not given it a second thought. Come back on an evening, though, and you will see it transformed into a cosy and welcoming Greek restaurant serving authentic Greek cuisine.

The Delphi originally opened as just a café but proprietor Alexios Apostolopoulos (Alex), who hails from Kalamata on mainland Greece, had long held a dream of opening his own restaurant in Wakefield having previously run a restaurant in Corfu back in the 1990s. When the opportunity came up to take over the unit next door, he and his partner of 14 years, Julie Firth, decided to enlarge their premises by knocking through into the shop next door to create a smart and spacious restaurant to complement the café operation. Now a year on, the Delphi is beginning to gather rave reviews on the internet site TripAdvisor.

All food is freshly prepared by Alex and his head chef Gianluca Chiarelli (Luca) while Julie operates ‘front of house’ in her role as general manager, looking after customers and extending a warm and friendly welcome to all. When things get busy, Julie can call on her team of up to 10 staff to help out.

The restaurant menu is not complicated being a set, three-course mezze meal for just £18.95. The price includes complimentary olives, bread and a mouth-tingling shot of Ouzo. The meal consists of mixed platters (mezze) for each course, which means you get to try a good range of traditional Greek food. So, with no need to deliberate over what to eat, there was plenty of time for my fellow dining companions and me to chat from the moment we sat down; no distracting menu to pour over here!

Starters are made up of a traditional fresh Greek Salad (tomato, cucumber and feta cheese), served with Prawn Saganaki (pan-fried prawns and feta with a hint of chilli), Keftedes (meat balls), Spanakopitta (spinach and feta pie), Tsatsiki, fresh bread and Hummus. This is almost a meal in itself and, at this point, I would suggest a little pause before moving onto the next course!

Pause or not, the main course is another platter comprising of Lamb Keleftiko, Moussaka, Pork Souvlaki and Beef Stifado, all served with mixed vegetables and rice.

Dessert is once more a platter but this time a selection of three different puddings – Tiramisu, Cheesecake and Baklava (filo pastry layered with walnuts, pistachios and honey).

Vegetarian platters are available (and were sampled by the writer!), including ‘aubergine slippers’ and Briam, which is a dish similar to ratatouille. Special diets can be catered for but it is always best to book in advance and discuss special requests at the time of booking.

There’s a straightforward drinks list with reasonably priced wines available by the bottle (£13.95 to £19.95) or by the glass, and beers and soft drinks, as well as tea and coffees.

So, what was it like? Well, this was my second time at the Delphi and it was every bit as good as the first. The food is truly delicious, but filling as there is no stinting on the quantity! Having been to Greece in the past, I can confirm the food matches the quality of anything I tasted while in the Hellenic Republic (to give the country its official name), even if Wakefield can’t quite compete with the scenery …. or the climate.

The restaurant operates on the basis that you book your table for the evening, so there is no pressure to vacate the table to make way for other diners and this helps to create a very relaxed and unhurried experience – the hardest thing we had to do all night was to choose the wine! Julie was very attentive throughout, explaining the courses as they were delivered to us. As well as the quality of the food, the Delphi also scores well on value for money. We came away both full and in full agreement – Greece is most definitely the word!

Western cuisine can trace its origins back to ancient Greece but there is no need to travel back in time or to cross a continent to sample the delights of a Mediterranean diet. Just make the Delphi your next destination. While the café is open seven days a week during the day, the restaurant opens from Wednesday evening through to Sunday evening. However, you are advised to book in advance as the restaurant may not open on Wednesday and Sunday if there are no advance bookings for those days. The restaurant can cater for up to 58 people and accepts party bookings, just ring them or call in to discuss your requirements. There is a special Christmas menu available with three courses for £22.95.

The restaurant does not accept card payments – so remember to take cash.

https://www.delphirestaurantwakefield.co.uk/

34 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3AN

Lunching at The Castle – Sandal, Wakefield

This article first appeared in the October 2013 edition of the Wakefield magazine TopicUK. Please check the restaurant’s website for updated details of menus, prices, opening hours, etc.

There’s something rather civilised about having a good lunch in elegant surroundings. I’ve been a frequent practitioner in my day, taking time out whenever the opportunity presents itself to meet up with friends and colleagues for three courses of scintillating conversation, sparkling repartee and a dollop of witty banter, interspersed with fine food and something liquid in a nice glass. No wonder Miss Otis regretted…….

I decided it was time to do a lunchtime review for my column and so, accompanied by three hungry companions, I made the short trip along Barnsley Road to visit The Castle at Sandal, a long-established venue which claims on its website to be “a fabulous village pub and restaurant serving up tasty, top-notch food alongside an eclectic range of wines and cask ales in cosy, stylish surroundings”.

Although the building dates back to the 1820s, it has been much extended and altered and, on entering, you do get the feel of walking into a cosy country house. There’s a comfortable lounge area with open fireplaces and then the bar area itself; the restaurant is to the back of the pub overlooking the garden. The whole place is tastefully fitted out in a mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings that give little hint that The Castle is actually part of a larger chain – one of 40 pubs across the country that make up Mitchells and Butlers ‘Village Pub and Kitchen’ brand.

I have been to The Castle before, of course, so had some idea of what to expect. It was voted one of Wakefield Civic Society’s ‘Restaurants of the Year’ in 2010 by members of the Society’s Dining Club. Booking a table is strongly recommended at The Castle, especially on Friday evenings and at the weekend, as it gets very busy. You can do this on-line via their website or by phone. I had booked the table a few days before and, on arrival, my companions and I were shown to our table straightaway by our waitress, Ruth, who then took our drinks orders while we perused the menu.

The drinks menu is probably worthy of a special menu in itself being a 26-page booklet that tells you all about the wines, bottled beers and ciders, soft drinks and post-prandial beverages that are available. You can download a copy from their website and study it in advance if you want to avoid a lull in the conversation over the meal while you read through it! Prices start at a fairly typical £12.95 for a bottle of Cabernet or Chardonnay but work their way up to a rather sobering £79.95 for a Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot. The pub also specialises in cask ales and is Cask Marque accredited.

For the food, there are two menus, the main, anytime à la carte menu and a shorter, daytime, menu of “lighter bites”. There is also a separate desserts menu.

For my starter, I chose the Sautéed Portobello and Oyster Mushrooms in a Marsala cream sauce on toasted ciabatta (£4.95) from the à la carte menu and what an excellent choice this turned out to be: light, delicious and beautifully prepared! It was the envy of my companions, two of whom had opted for the Baked Chilli and Garlic flat Mushrooms from the daytime menu. These were very well presented and looked good on the plate but, although regular eaters of the hot and spicy, my companions were a little surprised by the strength of the Chilli. They got used to it though.

For mains, I stayed with the à la carte menu to order the Crispy Potato, Squash, Olive and Truffle Oil Cake with globe artichoke, roasted beetroot and home-made salsa verde (£10.95). This was very pleasant and one of three main dishes suitable for vegetarians on the à la carte menu; the beetroot was lovely and sweet. Two of my companions joined me on the à la carte menu meanwhile, one enjoying the Grilled Sirloin Steak served with chunky chips, confit tomato, mushroom and watercress (£16.50) while the other tucked into the Slow-cooked Pork Belly and Seared Fresh King Scallops served with black pudding, mashed potato, a Braeburn apple fritter, green beans and a sticky Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer glaze (£17.50). They both expressed themselves very content with their choices. My third companion ordered a Baked Macaroni Cheese Tart served with roasted onion puree and a caramelised onion and wild rocket salad. Again, he was satisfied with his choice and at £7.95 from the daytime menu, it represented good value for money.

We all managed to order desserts – well, you have to, don’t you? However, I have to confess that my rather generous but very agreeable Apple and Summer Fruit Crumble served with a small jug of custard (£5.50) proved my undoing and I had to draw a line with some left uneaten in the dish. My companions had no such problems and variously polished off a Strawberry Tart with fresh strawberries, strawberry coulis and chopped nuts (£4.95); a Salted Caramel and Chocolate in a Pastry Pot with caramel sauce and Chantilly cream (£6.25); and a Vanilla & Peach Crème Brûlée with poached raspberries (£5.75).

Now, a restaurant reviewer’s life is not just about eating a hearty meal and then knocking out a thousand words or so to impress the readers. Research has to be done as well. So, hardly waiting for the digestive juices to do their work, I sought out The Castle’s manager, Neil Grant, for a chat and to fire off some questions: I know my readers like background!

Neil told me that the establishment employs between 18 and 25 people throughout the year, depending on the season (all these eating establishments in Wakefield must be making a significant contribution collectively to job opportunities across the city). Neil has been there nearly two years himself now but is to move off shortly to another position in the company: assistant manager Chris Chew will be taking over the reigns as manager when Neil leaves.

Neil ran me through the weekly programme at The Castle: from Retro Dining Nights on Monday and Tuesday, Ladies Night (open to men as well, or course!) on Wednesdays, Tastefully Social Night on Thursday, and Fin and Fizz on Friday (that’s fish and bubbly, by the way), there is something for everyone here. Saturday specials offer freshly prepared premium meals while Sunday is the day for the traditional Sunday lunch, which can be served on platters made for sharing.

The Castle has a lot going for it. Good food, nice surroundings, friendly staff, a large car park and a beer garden. If you are looking to entertain a client, have lunch with a colleague, or meet up with friends and family, this place is certainly worth a try. You can relax in an armchair over a bar meal with waiter service or have the full dining experience in the restaurant. There’s no need to rush your meal – the pace can be as relaxed as you like and the restaurant serves food all afternoon – they don’t close after lunch as some pubs do. And if you find you’ve over-indulged, you can always go for a walk around Wakefield’s other castle which is just a short stroll away…..

http://www.thecastlewakefield.co.uk/

343 Barnsley Road, Wakefield, WF2 6AS