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