Short answer: A lamb chop
Proper answer: A double-loin lamp chop, cut across the saddle to leave a bone in the centre and a little fillet underneath (a Yorkshire portion). Since it's cut across the saddle, it's sometimes referred to as a saddle chop - how dare they?
The origins of the Barnsley Chop are claimed by many, and who wouldn't want to take the glory for this lamb-based legend? Nonetheless, it's accepted that it dates back to the mid-1800s.
Some say it was created as a hearty meal for farmers dining at Barnsley’s Kings Head Hotel. Others believe it to have originated at Brooklands Hotel, where it is still served and it's certainly known as the 'spiritual home'.
Of course, your best bet is to take a trip to Barnsley. Many a menu features this local hero, but the stand-out favourite is:
That said, the prestige of the Barnsley Chop travels far and wide, not least on a Michelin Star restaurant menu elsewhere in Yorkshire! James Mackenzie at the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton near Beverley served it with a nettle sauce - delicious. Fancy your hand at fine dining at home, the recipe is at pipeandglass.co.uk.
First up, you'll need to source your chop. The degree of butchery required places it beyond the realms of most supermarkets, so your best bet is a butcher. Try:
Next up, get to cooking. Pan-frying then finishing the Barnsley chop in the oven is the preferred method. It does require a longer cooking time than an ordinary lamb chop because it is of course not your average cut. However, the cooking time remains short making it an ideal supper to feed a hungry crowd. Make sure you rest it once cooked to soften the meat.
Serving suggestion: Simple is best to let the Barnsley Chop be the star of the show. Delicious with fresh vegetables and lashings of gravy.
Legend has it that at one time, whilst dining at The King's Head - now The White Bear - King Edward the Eighth struggled to finish his ample Barnsley Chop.
Barnsley has a lot to offer, from beautiful countryside and a rich heritage to exciting shopping and unique family-friendly attractions. For a fantastic day out in Yorkshire, look no further than Barnsley.