As we’ve been building bespoke homes in the Colne Valley for the past 20 years, we’ve seen Slaithwaite go from strength-to-strength. The past few years in particular have seen new eateries, shops and bars crop up, and with them, the demand for new homes has peaked.
Of course, if you live here already, we know there’s no need to preach to the converted (we love it too!). But if you’re new to the area, read this whistle-stop tour of Slaithwaite, to find out what makes it so special and our favourite places to go.
A firm stop on the Transpennine ‘Real Ale Trail’, it’s easy to see why people enjoy drinking in Slaithwaite. There are traditional pubs aplenty, with The Commercial, Silent Woman and Shoulder of Mutton being local favourites for a pint of real ale (which often serve pints from local beer maker Empire Brewing).
But if ale and lager aren’t for you, then fear not! There are plenty of modern wine and cocktail bars to enjoy too. The new coffee bar, Om is where the heart is is a great little addition to the village — whether you fancy pancakes, a bagel or a sharing platter they've got you covered. A personal favourite is the 'Omac & cheese'!
Or if you’re looking for more of an evening meal, Rumpus could be the place for you. Serving delicious burgers, go there with a good appetite and a bunch of foodie friends!
The Rose & Crown, a Slaithwaite establishment, also serves evening meals, but is best enjoyed on a Sunday afternoon. Go for a long, rambling walk with your dog over the moors and finish it off with a stop here — eat the cheese & onion pie or a Sunday roast and drink a glass of red. And talking of good quality ‘pub grub’, Noble’s is a great option for a weeknight or weekend evening meal. Our favourite is the fish & chips!
Or, if you’re more of a lunchtime nibbler, The Little Bridge and Vanilla Bean are both lovely choices, serving sandwiches, salads, soups and great coffee. But that’s not all — they come to life at night with wine drinkers too! Ashbys and Lock 22 are also on our list of lunch favourites. If you're on the go, not to worry - Ashbys chicken shack will be there for you! The Handmade Bakery, a cafe that’s run as a cooperative, is also a Sunday-must. You can kill two birds with one stone — pick up some fresh bread and enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich!
Plus, we’re spoilt for choice for fish and chip shops — we’ve no doubt that Yorky's, The Captain’s Table, Battersea Fish Bar and Hill Top Fisheries will draw you in!
If you’re a lover of more exotic food, The Monsoon is our go-to curry house — we particularly like the Monsoon special with a pint of Indian beer.
Where to shop:
For great quality local food, The Green Valley Grocer sells a wide-range of fresh produce, including fruit and veg, cheese, fish and bread. And if you’re a meat-lover, go to E & R Grange for lovely cuts of steak and lamb. Or, visit nearby Bolster Moor Farm Shop for a spot of lunch, some food shopping and award-winning sausages and pork pies!
If you’re looking for a present, Slaithwaite also has gift-shops galore! Visit Cobweb for a one-off antique, or The Emporium to support artists and designers who live and work in the Colne Valley. And Lily of the Valley will create you a beautiful bunch of flowers with a warm welcome.
Or if you want to treat yourself to a new outfit or piece of jewellery, Every Cloud Jewellery & Clothing have a lovely range of clothes and accessories.
Of course there are lots of other independent shops too, including Ray’s Motor Parts and charity shop Kirkwood Hospice, to name a couple.
Finally, we’re going to be a bit controversial. We’re all about supporting local businesses and shops. But we also think that the Aldi, which opened in late-2014 has been a great addition to the village. Plus, it’s been reported that homes located near an Aldi are worth £5,000 more than without it — great for residents of our Empire Works development which is located a two-minute walk away!
Slaithwaite isn’t just packed with shops, bars and restaurants. It also has a great selection of beauty and hair salons, such as The Little Beauty Salon, re: hair and beauty, Amour Hair & Beauty, HDseven hair and beauty and The Salon.
If you’re a walker, you’re in luck! Slaithwaite is a great place to start or end your trip. If you’re a novice, you could walk along the canal into Marsden or Huddersfield, for example. Or if you’re a seasoned walker, you could do the Five Reservoir Stride — a ten-mile walk to Marsden via Wessenden Head and West Nab.
The village is fortunate to have such great train links to Huddersfield (an eight-minute journey), Manchester (a 45-minute ride away) and Leeds (a 42-minute trip), meaning that residents can enjoy living in a rural setting while enjoying working, shopping, eating and socialising in vibrant towns and cities.
And if you have young children, there's a wide range of primary school options, including Slaithwaite C of E, Linthwaite Clough, Linthwaite Ardron C of E and Helme C of E, which are all rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Colne Valley High School is a 10-minute drive away, which became an academy school in 2014.
So, if you like the sounds of living in a thriving village, get in touch — we’re currently building a range of luxury, 2, 3 & 4-bedroom properties nestled in the heart of Slaithwaite (Huddersfield). And all of our homes are bespoke to a buyers’ likes and dislikes, meaning that you can create the home of your dreams. But the earlier you reserve a house, the more you can make your mark on it.
And if you don’t believe us about how great Slaithwaite really is, then perhaps you’ll believe The Guardian?