I've been disappointed a lot recently when randomly checking out restaurants as I travel around the UK and I really wanted a good Sunday roast today in Hebden Bridge, where I've been staying with a vegetarian. So I looked up the reviews and decided on the Old Gate. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was able to find a table outside, even though I was alone. As long as you don't mind people sharing your table from time to time, and the tables are large enough, it shouldn't be a problem to get a space without a booking. I had the topside of beef which came with mashed and roast potatoes, caramelized carrots, a large Yorskhire pudding, plenty of gravy and a side of steamed baby carrots, runner beans and broccoli. It's the first time I've ever been served almost more than I can eat for a pub lunch! Everything was very good, not fancy just well cooked food from good local ingredients. It could have been a little tastier, more excitingly prepared, with a more interestingly flavoured sauce for example, and would have gotten 5 stars from me if so. Then again, it did exactly what it said on the tin and as such was a very good representation of the standard British Sunday lunch. Very reasonably priced at 9 quid too and a decent selection of local and continental beers on draft and bottled.
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