Owners of Brooks restaurant, Bradford Road, Brighouse, Darrell and Petra Brook, are celebrating a quarter of a century at the French and English popular eatery which opened in 1989.
Huddersfield-born Darrell, and Berlin-born, Petra met in London working in hotels and restaurants.
“We decided to come out of London and back up north to open our own restaurant,” said Darrell.
Head chef Richard Ullah worked with Darrell in London at Peter Langan’s Bar and Grill.
“I would say that we have an eclectic range of food on offer, and we change the menu every week but we keep the firm favourites. We look at seasonal produce and what is available weekly and Richard will plan the menu,” said Darrell.
“Because we are independent we can source quality wines from all over the world as well as continental bottled beers and lagers plus our range of spirits include malt whiskeys and congacs etc,” continued Darrell.
Over the past 25 years the restaurant has played host to many a celebrity as well as staging wedding proposals, and they even hit the headlines in the early days before credit card machines.
“A diner had forgotten his cash and so he wrote me a cheque on the table cloth as you could write a cheque on anything and I took the table cloth to the bank and paid it in. We have an excellent set of regular customers who have supported us over the years and for that we thank them for their continued support,” added the couple.#
Game on for Rowley brothers
Tonight’s (Thursday) jam session at The Barge is with Mick from the Psychoslinkys followed on Friday night by The Big Fish Band. On Saturday evening Northern Rokk will take to the stage and on Sunday the weekend’s live music will round off with Wildwind.
This Sunday at The Railway and Commercial Inn, Huddersfield Road, Jiving Jeff will be hosting his record hop from 2pm until 5pm.
The Shepherd’s Arms at Cowcliffe is joining The Brighouse and District Games League. Now owned by the Rastrick-based brothers, Karl and Michael Rowley, the popular eatery and pub at the other side of the ford from Fixby and Huddersfield Golf Club, off Lightridge Road, will replace the Birchencliffe Cricket Club at Ainley Top who have been unable to raise a team this time around.
The Rowley brothers, who made their names as chefs at the Clough House, Rastrick, the Globe, Rastrick Common and the Rising Sun at the front of Scholes Cricket ground, said they are delighted that more Brighouse folk will be coming to their premises.
Tom Jessop, the league’s long serving fixture secretary, said he was delighted The Shepherd’s Arms was on board and he was looking forward to playing there.