After a lovely long walk along the Canal near Rodley, we were well in need of lunchtime refreshment and of course- needed a dog friendly pub.
Sadly, the one near where we were parked was lacking a bit on the menu so we began our aimless drive to venture into the unknown of finding a dog-friendly but nice food serving pub- thought this was a bit of a Leprechaun idea! (aka- imaginary)
After a bit of google help and nearly giving up on life, we stumbled upon The Old Glen House.
The drive through the village had been quite nice and on 1st sight, the pub looked a bit underwhelming. How mistaken can one be!
Not only is it a lovely setting but the menu offered and food provided was superb.
I took advantage of a 'Blond ale' and the Mr had a Guinness, both were good quality and this place seems to be proud of it's Ale business and treats it well.
We'd rang ahead to make sure the listing on the Internet was correct and they did still allow the pooches so they'd reserved us a table near the door and on the stone floor area (understandable as sometimes dog smells and carpets don't agree).
I'd originally thought this would have meant us being stuck in the 'poor relation' corner but no way- I'd consider where we sat to be pride of place!
The locals were very friendly and chatted away while petting the pooch- he obviously loved this.
We absorbed the menu and had been told of a slight wait due to a party of 13 just getting in before us- didn't bother me, plenty more time to appreciate the surroundings.
The pub is a very old building with decking and seating outside (and a Tea room annex attached which served teas/coffee/scones etc) and decorated to a modernish but very sympathetic high standard inside. Plenty of wood and wrought iron.
We found it difficult to choose off the menu but eventually did so and the service was great.
We were given so complimentary rosemary focaccia to sample while waiting for the food and I could have melted with it's gorgeousness!
Served warm with lovely creamy butter.
Rabbit and chorizo terrine to start with homemade tomato tapanade- OMG- lush as lush can be- very tasty, lots of flavoursome rabbit and chorizo and I must pinch the recipe for future!
Our mains were Steak and chestnut mushroom pie with mash and sticky belly pork with soy and sesame noodles.
Whoa- there was mounds of noodles and so much belly pork I thought I had been given 2 portions! It was absolute heaven!
And with the silence that descended on the Mr- I am confident that the pie was top notch also- there seemed plenty meat in it to please him anyway.
The puppy was suitably quite while whist fully waiting for scraps unfortunately for him it didn't work on this occasion- far too nice to share with the dog!
A nice side of al-dente veges had been provided which were also very good quality and went lovely with both dishes.
A couple at the bar who'd we established were regulars looked on salivating while we dined at the smells wafting their way.
By the time we'd finished the main course, there was no way we could have managed dessert which I'm sure would have been just as delightful.
A soda and lime, the half of ale,Guinness and all the food came to £33- a true bargain for the pleasure we had encountered.
The staff are all so nice, the food top quality and the setting very welcoming.
If you are ever in the area- pop by and you will not be sorry.
Called in here this evening after reading last two reviews. This place had rather a nostalgic air for me as we had many family picnics in the 50's at the top of the Glen, having come by bus from Keighley (I now live in Cheshire) and had a ride on the tramway up to the top. But I had never been in the pub or adjoining tea room. By car its not the most accessible place, you either have to do it from Baildon Village or from Eldwick. Strangers to the area should use a sat-nav !
Orderd a pint of Harvest Gold bitter (3.9%abv) £2.80 and was shown to the table by a pleasant mannered an chatty young lady, who brought the menus, enough to choose from but so extensive it takes ages to read .
Now there was something you rarely see, Potted Shrimps (£4.95) and I decided to stay fishy and have the battered Haddock for main (£8.95)
Before they were served , a different young lady, also pleasant mannered, brought a lovely chunk of Olive bread, which must have been either home made or from a local bakery.
The shrimps arrived as expected in a small pot of dill butter, and four good sized pieces of excellent wholemeal toast and some green garnish. Thoroughly enjoyable. The fish arrived with proper home cut chips and a too small pot of mushy peas, too bright green in colour to have been home made the proper way and therefore must have been from a tin.
The fish itself was well cooked , but was let down by the batter, a rather pale batter with a floury texture, I suspect from vegetable oil based batter mix. Yes it was crisp on the outside, but had a soft partially cooked floury layer on the inside adjacent to the fish. Not dark ,crisp and from beef dripping like the one time local Harry Ramsden used to serve at his nearby establishment in nearby Guiseley (alas Ramsdens chain now are but a shadow of their former self). I left most of the batter.
Was a bit tight on time so declined a dessert. Bill was £16.70.
I saw a good variety of other food passing by and it all looked pretty good, so maybe I have to revisit and try something else, but something should be done about that batter !
Another small criticism, could you offer better quality table napkins. Paper is fine but not so flimsy as the ones you are using.
I stay a couple of days nearly every week in the area so should get the opportunity, and will happily review again.
dissapointng, The food was ok, but expensive compared to other pub food menu's, (£12 for a veggi risotto) approx 45 mins wait for dinner, staff were really un-friendly as well as unaccomodating.
when we asked where the mushrooms were in the mushroom risotto, we were told after it had been served to us they had run out, there was no apology or no offer to change the dish. when we had ordered dessert it still hadnt arrived 40 minutes later when we queried this one member of waiting staff came over slammed it on the table and told us it wasnt mcdonalds.
Looks nice inside and out. that's about it. they didn't even bother to call me back when I tried to arrange my Daughter's Christening do here afterwards. I took my £1,000 elsewhere
The Old Glen House is a traditional country pub serving cask ales and fresh home cooked food.
a warm welcome is offered to everyone including families, walkers and dogs.
I have been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years working in hotels, bars , pubs and restaurants.
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