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The Moorcock Inn has acres of beautiful moorland at its front door, and offers great views over the Ryburn Valley from the garden. Inside, it’s a cosy pub, with oak beams, wood-burning stoves and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Our 2-acre plot is slowly being tamed to provide an organic kitchen garden, with select local small-holders providing much of the rest. The menu is ever-changing with the seasons and cooked over fire. We serve craft & Belgian beers and have an extensive natural wine list. 

There is a little shop now open here- The Pantry, alongside a mini-gallery, featuring our house made ceramics and other items from local artists, ceramicists and photographers- all available to purchase. 

Please note the following changes to our opening hours:
* We are closed for annual leave from Monday 20th September, reopening on Thursday 30th at 4pm.
* Due to staff shortages we will be closed Monday-Wednesday until further notice. Read more about this here


We offer an ever evolving seasonal menu, highlighting traditional homesteading techniques, cooking over fire and the sourcing of high-quality local, seasonal and wild ingredients. 

We use meat from a select few local small-holdings that mostly work with the Rare Breed Survival Trust. We purchase whole animals, some of which are reared specifically for us. We prefer mature animals (for example mutton over lamb) and dry-age and butcher the meat in-house. The fish and seafood we serve comes only from native waters, fished only from day boats, and caught using sustainable methods. 


Our vegetables are organic, sometimes home-grown and sometimes foraged. We serve wild mushrooms when we can, and cook whatever benefits from it, over wood and house made charcoal. 

Our plates are often not constructed as individual starters or main courses, therefore we encourage sharing a range of dishes. Although, of course this varies, a broad marker of how much to order is 4-5 plates per couple/ 8 plates for 4 guests. Please speak to us about this, we're always very happy to advise!  


Drinks are no afterthought here. We offer a keg selection of ever-changing quality craft beers, and four cask beers- of which two regularly rotate. Plus, a large selection of Belgian beers- particularly of the most food-friendly styles, and a few iconic names. 

Our wine list is relatively large, and largely natural, with wines chosen for their purity, freshness, balance and occasional quirkiness. It's a selection that is always growing and changing and we're always happy to help you to navigate it, either to find something familiar or try something new. It features some classic regions and grape varieties, and some lesser known also represented. They all have in common; being hand made by small producers, farmed organically or biodynamically, receive minimal intervention in the vineyard and have few or no added preservatives. 

We serve at least twelve wines by the glass- a few we daren't remove(!), but there is always plenty of opportunity to try something new.

A mention also, for alcohol-free drinks. We go way beyond offering sugary soft-drinks for non-drinkers, those taking a break, or designated drivers. Our alcohol-free craft beer selection is comprehensive, from lagers, to hazy IPAs, to saison and stouts. Plus, we offer a range of alcohol-free aperitif, 'spirits' and digestifs. We offer over 30 alcohol-free options excluding our range of soft drinks and juices. 


Opening Hours

Bar Opening Hours for Drinks (please see food service times below):

Please note that due to staff shortages, we are now closed Monday- Wednesday. We are also closed for annual leave from Monday 20th September, reopening on Thursday 30th. 

Monday- Wednesday- closed

Thursday-Friday- 4-11pm

Saturday- 12-11pm

Sunday- 12-6pm

Food Seating Times:

Thurs: 5pm- 8pm

Fri: 5-8.30pm

Saturday: 12-2.30pm, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Sunday: 12-3.30pm

We recommend making reservations to dine, but we do welcome walk-ins for drinks and food. 

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Make a Reservation
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Please note that our menu format has changed and we no longer serve a set menu. When using this reservation facility you are now making a reservation for our chalkboard menu (previously known as the bar menu). 

A deposit of £10pp is required at the time of making a reservation. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to future dates up until 48 hours before your reservation is due.

If you do need to amend a reservation, please note that a new date is required, as we unfortunately do not have the facility to hold deposits that are not attached to a reservation. 

If you will be paying with a voucher, the deposit function is simply to secure your space. If the amount spent not greater than the value of the voucher, we will refund the amount of the deposit to you.

Thank you so much for your understanding and we hope to see you soon!

Gift Vouchers

Please note: We are closed for annual leave from Monday 20th September, reopening Thursday 30th. Therefore gift vouchers cannot be collected, or will not be posted until Thursday 30th September. 

Gift vouchers are available to purchase online for use in the pub & restaurant on food & drinks. Also available are vouchers for Natural Ceramics, which are redeemable for our house made pottery and other retail items, available at our shop, which is also on-site.

They can be posted to yourself or the recipient within two working days (Weds to Sat). If you would like us to add a message then please add your text and the name and address of the recipient. 

Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and are valid on food and/or drinks. They can be spent over multiple visits too!

For any further queries regarding gift vouchers, please email

Contact Us

For reservations of 8 people or less, please book online

Alternatively contact us by email:

Telephone: 01422 832103

For employment enquiries, send your CV to

Our address:

Moor Bottom Lane


Sowerby Bridge

West Yorkshire



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