Yorkshire Life Lunch - The Kaye Arms, Grange Moor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
PUBLISHED: 17:39 05 September 2011 | UPDATED: 19:56 20 February 2013
Guests enjoy good food and relaxed conversation at a dining pub where the chef likes to keep things simple Photographs by Emily Savage
The talk in the kitchen at the Kaye Arms, a dining pub not without some character, is how to produce honest to goodness food at a reasonable price.
Value for money is vital in these difficult days and the chef-owner Chris Kelly is on a mission to ensure his customers always have generous amounts of delicious food at an acceptable price.
He took over the business in Grange Moor on the border between Huddersfield and Wakefield, not far from the National Coalmining Museum, about 15 months ago. Back in the day the Kaye Arms was a place for special occasions, said Chris, a local from Meltham. Today we want people to think of us as a place to eat at any time and know they will always enjoy good food and good service without breaking the bank.
We are also a pub. We want people to feel welcome here if they just want a drink. We do serve bar meals, but if someone just wants a drink then they are also welcome. We want people to be able to relax with us.
And that is exactly what guests at the Yorkshire Life lunch did. They were welcomed with sparking wine and canaps served while Chris and his team prepared a simple but stylishly presented menu that included some deliciously subtle and distinctive flavours such as vanilla and liquorice.
The dessert was probably the best dish today, said Chris with typical openness and who knows a thing or two about afters because he has worked as a pastry chef. The unexpected serving of Liquorice Allsorts with liquorice ice cream was a delicious surprise for many guests.
I wouldnt say we were fine dining. like to cook simple food well, honest food, added Chris. And no one will feel as if their wallet has been taken away.
Wine expert Gary Smulders from Hallgarten Druitt enjoyed choosing the wines to pair with the food. And he didnt let us down. The liquorice gave him a few uncertain moments but he came up trumps with a delicious sparkling dessert wine. His wine tasting notes here have all the details.
The Kaye Arms, 29 Wakefield Road, Grange Moor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4BG. 01924 840228
Caramelised tart tatin of beetroot and melting goats cheese with dill, orange and beetroot vinaigrette
Pan roast duck breast, confit leg, creamed mash, braised gem lettuce, vanilla jus
Blackcurrant cheesecake with liquorice ice cream and Allsorts
Chateau de Campuget Invitation Rose 2010 (France) accompanied the starter. Its colour is an intense peony pink. bouquet is very aromatic, exhaling scents of small red fruits such as raspberries or blackcurrants. In the mouth there is a perfect balance between vivacity and mellowness. The final taste is very long, leaving a delicate impression of fruitiness.
Carmen Pinot Noir Reserva Colchagua 2009 (Chile) served with the main course. Spicy black cherry and wild berry fruit shaded by cedar oak and mineral-dry leaf notes. Delicate and savoury with ripe strawberry and a hint of anise; a medium weight, juicy wine with a beautiful, balanced and lingering finish.
Nivole Moscato DAsti DOCG, Michele Chiarlo 2010 (Italy) served with dessert. A rich and delicate gentle sparkling dessert wine where the fruit dances lightly on the tongue. Opulent flavours and aromas of lychee and peach leading to a clean and refreshed finish.
The print version of this article appeared in the September 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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