12 Jul Spotlight on Elder
If you’ve never eaten at Elder, we’re almost little bit envious, because you’re in for a first-time treat. If you have been before, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about and it’s time to go again.
Owner-chef, Justin, has created something really special at his small but friendly restaurant in the magnificent Piece Hall. First opened in 2017, Elder has had an exciting change of direction since lockdown and is now Elder Patties and Pickles. The clue is in the name, with gourmet burgers, sides and trimmings now making up the mouth-watering menu. Don’t worry; everything great about Elder is still there. That means fine foods, freshly prepared; friendly service in tasteful surroundings; and a drinks list with everything from natural wines and refreshing summer spritzers through to beers from Vocation and Veltins.
As for those burgers, they’re as good as you’d expect from a restaurant has always been a favourite with foodies. There are lots of options, including the popular Calder Cowboy complete with beef patty, BBQ pulled pork, Monterey jack and pickled chillies. Or how about a Beet Goes On with its beetroot and jackfruit fritter, perfect for vegetarians. There are equally inventive sides like deep fried gherkin or fried potatoes with caramelised onion and garlic, and of course a delicious house ‘slaw. Quality is always the key here, with everything made from scratch including mayonnaises, relishes and even the pickles. Localism is also big, with meats, vegetables and even coffee all sourced from Yorkshire whenever possible.
The restaurant itself seats 17 at safely distanced tables, served by staff in masks. You can eat outside too, with seating for around 40 in the gorgeous Piece Hall courtyard. Can’t stay? No problem – Elder does takeaways too. Opening hours are 11am – 5pm Wednesdays and Sundays, or 11am – 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the bar staying open a little later.