It came to my notice recently that there is a new trendy illness around
called ortharexia nervosa.
As I like to see myself as a trend setter, there is not a cat in hells
chance of me getting this condition, because its an obsession with
healthy eating; and as anyone who knows me well will tell you. Food is
right up there with wine when it comes to my pleasure zones.
I spent my weekend eating and thinking at two birthday bashes, hut still
found room on Tuesday night for three, yes three, courses at one of my
favourite watering holes, the Old Bridge Inn in Ripponden The pub which
is believed to he the oldest in Yorkshire (records show it dates back to
13O7) has been the Lindsay Eton Walkers family since 1963. her late
grandma, Daisy Beaumont and her uncle Ian Beaumont, one of Rippondens
most: colourful characters, ran the pub till 2001 when Lindsay took It
over with her husband, Tim. Its still very much a traditional pub that
sticks to a tried and tested formula. No music or gaming machines lust
interesting ales independent brewers, a real fire; antique furniture and
a good old Yorkshire welcome. That welcome includes food. Horne cooked
seasonal stuff which is Locally sourced where possible, and cooked, by
Lindsay and 23-year-old Yvonne Lumb.
The pub has always had a reputation for good food since Ians days,
and still has today thanks in no small part to its lunch-time . carvery
(which was started in 1963), its evening blackboard menu (usually seven,
starters and sweets and eight mains which change on a regular basis) and
its annual pork pie contest which attracts interest from all over the
While home made pies and retro puddings Like ginger sponge, sticky
toffee and bread and butter, are always on the evening ,menu there ace
lots of new, more contemporary dishes on offer thanks to Yvonne, who
trained in London and spent three months working along side celebrity
chef, Gary Rhodes and she is still in contact with hirn.
They include soy and Chilli duck breast with pak-choi and Anna potatoes;
sea bass fillet on crushed wild garlic potatoes, spinach and sun blessed
tomatoes and king scallops with chorizo and celenac puree.
My son stuck with traditional meat and potato pie with mushy peas (lots
of meat and the short crust pastry was worth a mention he told me) while
I went on the recommendations of friends. A well known barrister will
tell anyone who cares to listen that the crispy chilli beef salad with
sesame oil can not be faulted, while another regular assured me the
strawberry and raspberry fool with toasted oats was to die for. And they
The oats are baked in the oven like a huge biscuit with flour, sugar and
butter and topped with a layer of pureed strawberries and raspberries
and a whipped cream, sugar and custard mix. A heavenly fool if I do say
It lust about beats the salad starter. Strips of beef are coated in
flour Seasoned with different spices and chilli oil before being deep
fried. They sit on a bed of leaves which are drizzled with Tabasco. You
need courage to eat this because it really packs a punch; I had risotto
for mains. This came with crab, broad beans, tomato and tarragon. I
firmly believe you can tell a good risotto by the first mouthful. If all
you can taste is the rice, forget it. Luckily the first thing that hit my
taste buds was the crab. Not overwhelming just immaculately composed The
bill with one glass wine of and numerous cokes came to £34 Before you go
thinking I am Mrs Greedy.
You need to know one thing I had a starter sized risotto so maybe just
maybe Ive got a touch of ortharexia nervosa after all!