Wakefield’s Castleford is dotted with picturesque little boroughs, themselves packed with picturesque options for eating out. In the suburb of Whitwood, locals have long known that the best Italian cuisine and pizza can be found at Palm Court Bar & Restaurant. Located in a beautiful Grade II-listed building down Whitwood Lane, Palm Court is Castleford’s hidden gem, with classic Italian meals side by side with more traditional English fare.
Palm Court Bar and Restaurant’s spacious dining hall is an elegant affair, with the plaster-moulded white walls and arched windows of this 1900s, Charles Voysey-designed heritage building down Whitwood Lane housing vintage tables and chairs bedecked in red and white tablecloths. With green potted plants scattered about the room, and bouquets of red, white, and green serviettes on every table, it’s very Italian indeed – but being in Castleford it’s only a short drive from Wakefield, Leeds, or Sheffield for that matter.
The menu at Whitwood’s Palm Court Bar and Restaurant is structured according to Italian tradition. Homemade Italian dishes begin with antipasti, follow through with pasta, pizza, secondi di carne, and are rounded off by delectable dolci. However, if you’re visiting the gorgeous West Yorkshire region around Castleford and Wakefield, and want to stay true blue, you can always opt for something from the traditional British menu. Both the menu and the historic setting here down Whitwood Lane reflect Palm Court Bar and Restaurant’s confident fusion of Italian and British culinary culture.
Although initially hard to find .. don't go on first impressions. A friendly reception and homely service is complemented by excellent food. Well worth a second visit.