Aldea Holmfirth

Since we’ve moved I decided to take The Gin whisperer sightseeing around the famous TV locations in West Yorkshire. I’ve got a long way to go until I’ve exhausted the locations from Happy Valley, the street I grew up on was even mentioned in series one, so we decided to go to Holmfirth. Not only is it filled with great restaurants, we could also have a sneaky peek at Sid’s Cafe.

It was a busy Friday night but we managed to get a table in Aldea, a Mediterranean kitchen and bar, the bar is down in the basement and the kitchen is on the ground floor. It was very busy with a good mix of customers. We asked the waitress how much we should order, we had seen plates passing but didn’t really know. She suggested 4-5 plates to start off with, we could always order more later if we liked. So we chose the Manchego Cheese Croquettes with Red Pepper & Harrissa, Gambas Pil Pil & Guindillas, Spiced Lamb Koftas with Riata & Pomegranates and Rosemary Infused Chips. 

The Koftas and Croquettes were delicious, the Koftas were really moist and went really well with the pomegranate and the Croquettes were really tasty. Whilst the Gambas Pil Pil looked amazing it was a little disappointing, the flavour hadn’t managed to seep in through the shell of the prawns so the only way you could really get any of the delicious spicy flavour was to dip the prawns back into the sauce once you had deshelled them. The rosemary chips were also really good. 

We also had room for dessert, I had the Tiramisu Torte and The Ginwhisperer went for the Aldea Chocolate Pot on the waitresses recommendation. She was right, whilst bother were good the Chocolate Pot was definitely the better of the two. 

Service was ok, they were very busy so maybe it’s better when they aren’t so rushed. It’s a bit of a trek but if we are in the area we will be back!


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