A recent visit to the West Yorkshire area gave us the opportunity to
visit the Halifax branch of Kiplings in the historic market
town of Sowerby Bridge. Conveniently situated on Town Hall Street,
this stylish but welcoming restaurant offers all those familiar,
favourite dishes that this popular restaurant group has built its
reputation upon. However, moving with the times, there are some new
additions that are bound to appeal to the growing numbers of young
professionals moving into the stylishly converted mill apartments in
the Calderdale area.
My companion started with the Chicken Chaat, a layered combination of
tamarind, yoghurt, chicken and lightly cooked vegetables which had
the taste buds jumping from the first mouthful. However, instead of
being served on top of a fried puri, as is the case in most
restaurants, Kiplings chef has turned the bread into a texture
feature, with the crisply-fried bread sprinkled, crouton style, on
top of the dish to add an interesting crunch to the dish. I opted for
the lamb chops: tender and well spiced and they arrived, just as
promised, on a griddle of sizzling and aromatically spiced onions.
For the main course, my companion opted for a dish that was created
for a Kiplings regular, Lucy a spicy chicken dish with
fresh ginger shreds, topped with Cheddar cheese that, despite my
having ordered my own lamb dish, I raided enthusiastically throughout
the meal. The meal was completed with Chana Rice and Keema Paratha,
assuringly buttery enough to have added another couple of inches to
the hips and washed down with a beautifully chilled Pinot Grigio.
Raf and the team have been winning awards and friends at Greengates
for over 17 years now and with this newer restaurant, nestling in the
heart of historic Calderdale, they look set to gain many more.