Quite frankly, outstanding!
As a restaurant reviewer it’s rare that I get a shock – good or bad – when dining out. However, recently I did.
We had booked The Stansfield Arms at Apperley Bridge for a family meal for six. From entering to leaving everything was faultless, and I mean faultless – from the table being moved to accommodate my elderly mother-in-law, to the quality of the food, to the outstanding service.
This quaint country-style eatery is unquestionably a very busy restaurant and bar. I believe they serve around 400 meals on a Sunday alone, never mind the busy lead-up to the weekend. This is really why I was so shocked that the advertent attention to every detail was 100%. Often, busy restaurants are too busy getting food out and not busy enough looking after the important details. The Stansfield Arms had every angle covered, and covered well.
One of the owners, Nick, and a waitron called Beth, were our servers for the whole evening. Both were attentive and very amenable, without being overbearing. I can honestly say the service was outstanding, professional and knowledgeable about the menu.
We ordered an array of starters, from deep fried brie to mussels. Each was as laudable as the other. I do not want to belie this review in any way; however, it really was that good. The portions were possibly a fraction big – but my God, who can complain about that? Only my mother-in-law, but she is 87 and I suppose does not eat that much …
The gap between the mains and starters was bang on; in fact, we were asked if we were ready. For mains we had fish pie, stuffed chicken, sea bass and beef stroganoff. Most were around £13 with sides included. Each dish was well presented, and everyone commented on the mouthfeel, expressing how good it was. The fish pie was superb.
Everything seemed to have been prepared with care and attention to detail. This did not feel like ‘busy restaurant food’. No it’s not Michelin, nor is it prepending to be; having said that the price is not Michelin either. This food is good, seasonal, hearty fare with a modern, delicate touch.
The puddings ranged from a chocolate bombe, to sticky toffee to cheesecake. All were artisan, all were scrummy and all were finished. To add to this, the wine menu is more than you would expect from a pub-restaurant and, to be honest, the prices are quite reasonable.
The Stansfield Arms does get mixed reviews, as do all restaurants. However, I can honestly say that the evening we dined there was as perfect as you could expect. The staff, from the waitrons to the kitchen staff, should be proud. It was a pleasure from start to finish. This is why I am awarding full stars across the board – I cannot remember the last time I did this.
Apperley Lane, Bradford, BD10 0NP
T: 0113 250 2659