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The Mews Hotel

77 Dale Street, Ossett, WF5 9HN

tel: (01924) 273982   website www.mews-hotel.co.uk

Reviewed for O to K, Spring 2005

NOTE: WHILST THE FOOD IS STILL EXCELLENT, GUEST ALES FROM BOB'S BREWING  ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE

A Good Meal and a Decent Pint ä

The Mews at 77 Dale Street, Ossett is a family-run 14 room hotel that has a welcoming public bar. It occupies the front corner of the building and is split-level with a selection of comfortable seating and some intriguing décor, in particular a painting over the fireplace on which you’ll need to do a double take.

You won’t get two for a fiver here, but for such quality and generous portions you will be well pleased. The bar menu offers a good range of hot and cold sandwiches on white or wholemeal accompanied by “chips” and salad. Hm, chips, we thought but they were actually proper sautée potatoes. Mrs W, who is an omelette expert went for a ham and mushroom omelette which came with salad and the same sautée potatoes. She reckoned it to be one of the best omelettes she’s had.

I really thought I should try something from the specials board and, desirous of laying the ghost of a disappointing fish supper the previous evening (Pontefract’s best has changed hands), and brought up on decent stuff from Billingsgate where my Grandpa was in wholesale fish, picked something fishy - red snapper on a bed of stir-fried vegetables with dark soy. The succulent fish was lightly pan-fried in butter and olive oil, and as well as the stir-fried vegetables there were new and sautée potatoes, roast baby parsnips, small carrots, broccoli, all fresh. At £10.95 it was the dearest special that day, but don’t panic because those sandwiches start at £3.95, and the omelettes are around £6. If you want some nibbles to share you might try chicken tikka bites with a mint dip at £5.95.

There’s also the hotel’s sumptuous main menu, if someone offers to take you out for a meal.

The cask ales are Tetley Bitter from Carlsberg and White Lion from the Red Lion Brewery, just down the road and round the corner. The cask beer is well kept, scrupulously so, as noted by the guy who suggested the Mews as an outstanding candidate for inclusion in this slot in the magazine.

There isn’t a separate no-smoking section, but there was very little smoking for the powerful extraction system to deal with - folk were interested in the taste of what they were eating and drinking! I also noticed that all the blokes who went to the spotlessly clean gents washed their hands afterwards.

RKW