Food and drink, Photography, Picture of the day, Railways, Sowerby Bridge, Travel, West Yorkshire
It may be a bank holiday weekend but today’s hardly been a day of rest, although the pace has been far less frenetic than of late as the two of us hardly moved from the house for most of Sunday. Taking it easy made up for the amount of walking we did yesterday as we had an outing to Manchester for a few hours.
For one of Dawn’s birthday presents this year I ventured right out of my comfort zone of buying perfume or scarves. Instead, I bought Dee a dress – not something many men will do for the fear of getting it wrong. Fortunately, I didn’t. Dawn loved the dress but the fitting wasn’t quite right, so our trip to Manchester included a visit to the store I’d bought it from – Japanese fashion company Uniqlo. They’re a great shop. The prices are very competitive but the quality of their stock is far better than certain cheaper brands. The only thing is – sizes do vary as nothing seems identical. This worked to Dee’s advantage as she found an identical dress in the identical size, but one that really fitted her. In fact, I ended up buying her another in the same design but a different colour. We had just enough time to pick up some foodstuff shopping in Chinatown then enjoy a drink in the sun before it was time to head back as I’d booked a table at a restaurant in Sowerby Bridge for 15:00.
We found that the train we were due to catch to get back in time was cancelled. No biggie, as there was another one that would get us there 25mins later. The restaurant were fine about it when I rang as it just meant we wouldn’t have our table for longer than and hour as they were fully booked. Our backup train turned out to be an asthmatic two-car class 158 that was rammed. It crawled its way as far as Castleton where it expired. The crew managed to coax it back into life but the service was terminated at Rochdale. Plan C meant we wouldn’t arrive back at Sowerby Bridge until after 16:00 – more than an hour late, so I rang the restaurant again, told them to give our table away but we’d still come in and see if we could get seats at the bar. Two trains later (we had to change at Todmorden) we finally made it into ‘The Engine’ tired and hungry way after 16:00.
Fortunately, seats were available at ‘the Chef’s table’ as they’ve named the bar facing the kitchen. This turned out to be a brilliant place to sit as we got to watch as all the food was cooked and chat to the chefs as they prepared it. It added a fascinating new dimension to the meal. The food was excellent, we ordered 6 different dishes, some of which were old favorites (the fire roasted cauliflower for example) others new. The undoubted star dish was new, slow-roasted Aubergine with pork, crispy chili and roast spiced cashew nuts. It’s superb! We can’t fault the Engine. The food is divine and the staff friendly and efficient. The combination makes for a great experience.
Here’s a few pictures from our meal.
If you want to see more of the dishes here’s a link to the current menu.
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