This pub is more than adequate as a response to 'somewhere to stay in Holmfirth' type questions. Where it might have had a bowling green, it now has a shooting club, and that's about the best you can say about the place. I don't know whether it really had a bowling green, but the football sized patch of grass beside the car park is definitely a shooting club. And the rest of the place has the air of having ditched anything that could be remotely described as 'wonderful', 'outstanding' or even 'interesting' in favour of the view and the mass produced.
The rooms are fine, though not particularly special. January's upgrade might change this, but we suspect it will produce more OK stuff, which avoids being excellent or characterful, except that it clearly operates with a typically Yorkshire character in its attitude to economy, variety, efficiency and luxury. The upgrade might improve the hotwater system, which is now a bit elderly and was under spec when the accommodation was built. It might improve it but I doubt it. The catering is fine, but the pub no longer serves the best of Lees ales on the grounds that 'they didn't sell'. So, instead, customers have their choice of things that do sell like lagers and a single real-ish ale option. That's a pity because a 'booze and snooze' option that starred Lees real ales would have been nice in its position.
Good food would also have been worthwhile as a thing to add to its offer. But it would be a lot of trouble and possibly more expensive than the stuff the place offers now. The 'rag pudding' was hearty and satisfying, but more Iceland than M & S.
I think the place was spoiled by having seen the 'Isolated Yorkshire Moorland Inn' done so well by the CB Inn at Arkengarthdale, which is truly special and isn't even spoiled by gatherings of folk musicians or car salesmen.
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- The Huntsman Inn Holmfirth, England