Shoulder of Mutton
The Shoulder of Mutton is a large old pub with stone-flagged floors and dark beamed ceilings, right in the centre of town. It has big wooden tables out front, on the edge of St. George’s Square. The Shoulder has changed hands recently and when we visited it hadn’t quite found it’s new identity; but it will always be a fine spot for sitting outside, watching the world go by and listening to buskers.
Inside the Shoulder one area rambles into another, with tables and chairs giving way to sofas and coffee tables, a long bar with bar stools sweeps along the back wall and a secluded dining room is tucked away at the far end. The décor is down to earth, the atmosphere casual. There’s a small selection of real ales.
Specials when we visited included Lancashire hotpot, chicken fillet Kiev and sausage with mash and red wine gravy – all priced at £8-£9. There was little for vegetarians but we were offered veggie sausage with mash and told that an expanded menu, including starters and desserts, would be coming soon. Hot and cold sandwiches, cheese melts and burgers are served with chips and salad and cost £5.25-£7.50.
Hopefully the new management will turn the Shoulder into the thriving pub it should be in this prime location. It will probably remain more of a drinkers’ pub than a gourmet destination but if you fancy watching the world go by while having a bite to eat in the heart of Hebden – you can do that here.
At time of writing food is served in the afternoons only – noon-5pm – although this may change.