Just a short drive northeast of Leeds lies the picturesque village of Thorner, population 1,500 people, one fantastic gastropub destination in the form of The Beehive. You can’t miss this pub and restaurant as you drive down the main road, and you certainly shouldn’t miss the chance to take in some of West Yorkshire’s best British pub fare, whether you take it al fresco, unwind in the lounge, or tuck into a superlative Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Naturally, all this fodder demands to be accompanied by a good English ale or cider, or a refreshing white or bold red wine.
Noon until nine, The Beehive transforms the sleepy village of Thorner, northeast of Leeds, into a buzzing, forgive us, hub for Yorkshire foodies to gather over great drinks and a fantastic gastropub-restaurant offering. The menu is dominated by British dishes, from grilled Yorkshire asparagus to the Beehive’s own homemade pie of the day, to the classic beer-battered North Sea haddock with mushy peas and tartare sauce. More, shall we say, continental palates will appreciate the simple charcuterie platter to start (and share, and ideal with a good beer or real ale) or the thoroughly Italian (with an English twist) seafood risotto, comprising a rich mix of mussels, king prawns, smoked haddock, spinach and samphire. This is where a steely dry European white wine might come in handy.
Going further afield from West Yorkshire into deepest Europe, The Beehive host their ever-popular French nights every Wednesday, with a set menu (that changes regularly) that tests the expert chefs mettle against confit de canard, poulet farci, and moules marinieres. Thorner locals and new converts to The Beehive’s sense of adventure know too well that it doesn’t stop there – this pub, prominent on the main road heading northeast from Leeds, also hosts wine tasting and pairing events such as the Argentinean wine dinner, the Australian wine dinner, and tastings of specific varietals hailing from France and beyond. Rustic and sophisticated, all at one great gastropub.
Food was excellent as was the service. If any criticism I would say choice was rather limited. We went on a lunch time so it wasn't too busy.Waitress really friendly.
Lovely food, service and staff. The venue was nicely decorated and with only one sitting for lunch you did not feel rushed and could enjoy each course. A lovely Christmas Day was had by everyone.
Charming venue with lovely, friendly staff and of course excellent food! We will definitely return and would recommend. The menu variety is also well planned
Lovely meal at The Beehive yesterday evening. Kind, friendly and attentive staff. Good atmosphere and ambiance (warm and cosy). Reasonably priced and beautiful, tasty food.
We booked last minute in order to use our taste card. We arrived and there was only one table filled outside and one member of staff working behind the bar. As we arrived so did another 4 tables all seated outside and then another few inside. The waitress did a really good job to say she was on her own but there was quite a wait for everything but we didnt mind this too much. We had some olives and camembert to start which were lovely. My other half had a burger which came with chips and coleslaw which he really enjoyed - the chips were really nice and the burger was a decent size. I had the pasta with arabiatta sauce which unfortunately was far too overcooked and quite mushy which is a shame because the sauce had a nice flavour. I would come again and especially with the 2 for 1 deal it is quite reasonable but I wouldnt have been happy with paying full price for the pasta. It is handy for us as we live in the village and want to support a local business but I think for the money a little more service (more than one member of staff) is expected on a busy sunny summer evening.
Decent portions. Sunday lunch good, staff pleasant. The Sunday roast was plentiful with 2 veg and potatoes. I ordered the salmon and there was an approx 4oz of salmon and a minimal amount of very thinly sliced veg underneath. The sauce surrounding the salmon was too rich and I badly missed some plain boiled potatoes. I think that just because someone ordered the fish from the menu, they ought to be given a normal amount of vegetables to bring this plate up to a similar size of the Sunday roast. Staff may need better training. Our lady assistant didn't bring us the vanilla ice cream with the dessert. She didn't even mention it and walked away. When she passed by I asked if we could have the vanilla ice cream that we ordered and she simply said, " we ran out" and was walking away. I asked if they had any other flavour of ice cream and she said "she didn't know" and walked away. The correct response should have been to go back to the kitchen and see if they actually had any ice cream on the premises they could offer! However, we will visit again, not having been here for a couple of years but we heard it had changed management.
I had a lovely evening at The Beehive last night, the young waiting on staff were a pleasant surprise as they were professional, polite with manners that put a lot of mature individuals to shame. The food was impeccable, service sublime and the gentleman behind the bar whom I assume was the owner/manager was lovely and welcoming. We will definitely be re-booking to visit again. A new favourite for me!
The Beehive is a nice bar/restuarant, but the atmosphere was not very good, probably down to having very few people in. The food was very well presented, I had the lemon and garlic chicken, my only critisism is that it was a very small portion and didn't fill me up. I normally drink cask ale but the only bitter on was Black sheep, it was either this or nothing else apart from lagers.
Had a lovely meal with friends, the food was lovely. The only negative comment was that the salmon main course had very little vegetables and no potatoes, not enough for a man, the Sunday roasts were ample and plenty of veg.extra veg was brought when requested with no fuss. Although all the staff were young the service and attention was great, although no prescence of a manager? Will return in the new year.
It's been a long time since I've been to The Beehive so wasn't sure what it would be like- but so glad we did. Excellent food and excellent service in a lively atmosphere. Would highly recommend!