Farmer Copleys Farm Shop, Cafe & Restaurant
Farmer Copleys, the national award-winning farm shop between Pontefract and Wakefield, started in 2003 as a small stable conversion. It has now expanded to include a newly converted barn containing a café called Moo. But come evening the café transforms into the Beast, where the menu is a little more sophisticated.
Farmer Copleys ethos is “know what you’re eating and where it comes from”. The menu changes every two weeks. On our recent visit, starters included Duo of Salmon (smoked salmon, salmon and pea fishcake with celeriac and walnut ‘slaw), and Warm Homemade Scotch Egg with Yorkshire Piccalilli & Leaf. Mains included Rack on Black (a rack of Copleys lamb with black pudding, dauphinoise potatoes and creamed Savoy cabbage), and Winter Vegetable & Three Cheese Bake with a choice of potatoes.
Steak lovers are in for a treat, with locally sourced 28-day-matured sirloins, rib-eyes, and fillets. And there’s an appetising selection of sauces such as blue cheese and béarnaise. If there’s room, you can top it off with something sweet or a selection of Yorkshire cheeses. On Sunday the restaurant is open from 4.30pm, serving a different roast each week.
The restaurant is big enough to create a lively atmosphere without being so large you feel like you’re in a dining hall. The high ceilings with open beams and unique cow-hide lampshades create a country atmosphere with a touch of chic. Humour as well as sentiment is in the detail with bowler hat pendant lights (a tribute to Robert Copley’s work as vice-chairman of the Great Yorkshire Show) and clever shovel lights. Signs on the walls feature wooden boards that draw back, revealing the name and mood change as day turns to night.
Beast is the perfect mix of fine dining and warm friendly atmosphere. While it feels upmarket, it’s not at all stuffy. If you want a treat, or just a delicious meal in a relaxing environment, we’d highly recommend a visit.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor
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