The gravel crunches under foot, between a trickling stream and the great hills of Huddersfield. In the middle of the countryside setting, Devour at the Dyehouse, an Italian restaurant with a rustic, family feel.
It's this level of hidden gem that I love. About 15 minutes drive from Huddersfield station, in one of my favourite areas of where I grew up. Devour has perfectly crafted itself into the historic buildings that surround it, with a fresh and modern feel.
Open for lunch and dinner, with a bar serving up cocktails, hand-picked wine choices and a great selection of beer, this is Italian food done well. Fresh everything, from pasta, colourful charcuterie boards and family-feel desserts.
Opening the door into the bar, you can see the restaurant twinkling ahead. Beautiful beams structure the ceiling, with plants weaving their way around the room, above tables that stretch towards the kitchen.
It's a great spot to dine with friends, just as I did when I first discovered it. The menu of starters is difficult to pick between but we opted for the charcuterie board with a side of the Devour pitta bread.
Fresh and flavoursome, a mix of cured meats, chunks of cheese and classic Italian nibbles. I would highly recommend this and while it says it's "enough for two", I would say it would make the perfect starter for four, especially if you're heading into another two courses.
For main, I opted for the tortelloni al cinghiale, fresh pasta housing wild boar, topped with creamy mushrooms. Another very fulfilling course with rich meat balanced out by a lighter creamy sauce. The beetroot and goats cheese pizza is also an excellent choice, baked fresh in house, it's a crispy dough with a mild cheese perfectly complemented with the rest of the toppings.
The desserts are homed in a deli counter, part of the adventure to go up and select your final flavours. On our first visit, we stocked up on the way out, being too full to eat in, but not wanting to miss the opportunity for the full experience. Hands full of sweet treats, we mosied through the bar before taking one last look at the beautiful setting, bellies full and ready for home.
Devour is one of my favourite discoveries in the wider Huddersfield area for several years, I would highly recommend making the trip and saving room for all three courses.