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The Potting Shed, Silkstone

I’d never heard of the village of Silkstone near Barnsley before my trip to The Potting Shed Bistro last week. It is a scenic place positioned at the foothills of the Pennines surrounded by rolling countryside.

The bistro (a new eatery experience for me) is based at the Pot House Hamlet, formally a working farm and watermill. It’s also home to a plant nursery, clothes shop, homeware store and ice-cream parlour.

The bistro’s exterior has a rustic feel with classic stonework and a chunky wooden porch. Inside, the traditional theme continues with high ceilings, bold wooden beams and bare brick walls. Splashes of colour are provided throughout by the modern art canvases which are dotted along the walls.

The place was busy with people enjoying lunch, even though it was after 2pm. There are two areas you can sit in, either downstairs on leather sofas or upstairs in a slightly more formal seating area. We headed upstairs and were promptly brought over menus to look at. I could see the open kitchen from where we were and the chef was working away calmly which contributed to the relaxed and calm ambiance.

The menu offered an eclectic food choice with a strong focus on fresh, seasonal and local produce. The lunch options ranged from hot and cold sandwiches to speciality dishes like – ‘Poached flaked salmon and broccoli fishcakes with sautéed autumn vegetables and mint yoghurt dressing’ (£9.45), and ‘Salad of marinated grilled chicken breast or fillet of beef in fragrant Thai style dressing with crispy potatoes’ (£8.95).

I chose the Cajun spiced chicken breast with onions, peppers and mushrooms in cumin wrap (£8.25). My husband went for the beef fillet burger topped with cured bacon, five counties cheese, French onion rings, plum tomato and lettuce, served in a freshly baked bap, with chunky chips and coleslaw (£9.95), and my Mum went for the roasted butternut squash risotto with a hint of ginger, topped with poached egg and rocket (£8.75).

The food arrived within fifteen minutes and all of our meals were nicely presented. My wrap was generously filled with chunks of chicken and vegetables gently spiced with Cajun flavours. I haven’t had a cumin wrap before, the flavour was definitely more interesting than a conventional wrap and it complemented the spice of the filling. The chunky chips were crispy and the texture of the soft floury potato inside was lovely. The mixed leaf salad added colour and the flavour of the dressing was nicely balanced.

Opening hours
Brunch served daily 10.00-12.00pm
Lunch served daily 12.00-3.30pm

Contact details
The Pot House Hamlet,
S75 4JU

Telephone: 01226 805 177

Article by Ros Arksey.

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