Rachel Bray has opened a new bar in memory of her late husband Jeremy.
Jeremy’s at the Boat House is a new, informal bar and kitchen situated next to the River Calder at the canal basin in Wharf Street which opened its doors to the public last week.
Known as Jez to family and friends, he died from a rare form of stomach cancer at the age of 52 in August 2011.
Rachel said: “I wanted to bring something unique to Brighouse and the location was ideal right on the canal basin.
“My aim was to create an informal drinking and dining experience and people can enjoy a coffee or a nice glass of wine or a meal.”
The bar is part of the new complex at the marina which is being developed by Graham Henderson and his family to create offices and shops.
“I had looked at the idea of opening something like this in Brighouse and looked at various premises. It wasn’t until I was shopping at Sainsbury’s that I spotted this place,” she said.
“The name just seemed right and it had a nice feel to it. It was one of my daughters who came up with it and it was perfect.”
Rachel has been working on the bar since February and said she has tried to keep some of the original features including the arches. The chairs are all from charity shops and have been recovered.
“I’m pleased with how it has all finished up. We had a busy first weekend and we plan to build on that. There will be live music every Friday and Saturday. Last weekend we had the Christian Van Fields Jazz Quartet which went down well,” she said.
Tickets for New Year’s Eve are on sale at £10 which includes a glass of bubbly and music from Carly and the Kicks. Bookings are being taken for Christmas Day too.
Rachel and her staff will also be involved in the Victorian Christmas market this weekend.
“We are going to be dressing up and having a stall selling mulled wine and traditional beef pie with gravy,” said Rachel.
All the food is locally sourced.
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