Hipperholme restaurant’s transformation

Thomas Hartley and Shaun Banks at the Towngate Brasserie, Hipperholme
Thomas Hartley and Shaun Banks at the Towngate Brasserie, Hipperholme

IT’S been six months since business partners Shaun Banks and Tom Hartley re-opened what was the Yorkshire Man at Hipperholme and re-launched it as the Towngate Brassiere.

The restaurant has gone through a massive transformation and is now serving what is described as modern English food as well as a selection of bottled beers and wines from all over the world.

“We opened on November 14 and we completed a full refurbishment of the ground floor and we still have the upstairs to convert at some point which would give us another 35 covers, but at the minute we are happy finding our feet,” said Shaun.

The restaurant has had a great response overall with plenty of good feedback which has seen the Towngate Brassiere go to number two on Trip Advisor for dinning out in the Halifax area.

The pair try to change the menu on a monthly basis and work on the theory that they take everyday dishes that people will recognise and give them a modern twist.

Plans are in the pipeline for a gourmet menu night with around eight courses with wine to compliment.

Due to the demands of the business both Shaun and Tom are in the kitchen full time and have also hired a sous chef and Richard Taylor who is the new front of house manager.

“Will Webster is a young chef and he is fantastic and will go far in the industry, I predict,” added Shaun.

The restaurant, which opens Wednesday through to Sunday, has also just changed its wine menu with new and old world wines. Shaun also informed me that recently they had a Lebanese wine which has proved to be very popular.

“It’s been a fantastic six months and we have now got a good solid loyal base of local customers and we are very grateful for their support,” said Shaun.