Somerset House, a Georgian mansion in Rawson Street, Halifax, is the home of Alibi Bar, which has welcomed its first guests.
The listed building has just been given the special refurbishment treatment it deserves, to the tune of £450,000, which has created a main bar with private booths, an intimate cocktail bar and a courtyard. There’s a third bar area on the first floor, leading to the Grand Salon, an impressive space which lives up to its name, with newly restored plasterwork and opulent decor.
Whilst the bar and restaurant’s selection of drinks of all kinds is extensive and drawn from around the world, the surroundings in which to enjoy them surely offer an occasion which is extra special for customers – and the appeal is both day and night, from breakfasts through to evening meals; from public areas to private hire spaces, live music and cocktail masterclasses.
Most of Alibi’s suppliers are Yorkshire’s own, with Holdsworth’s of Halifax, Sailbrand of Huddersfield, Sheffield’s Forge Coffee Roasters and Delifresh hailing from Bradford.
Andy Pritchard is the General Manager, who was clearly and justifiably enthusiastic about the opening and the future:
“We had an incredibly busy opening weekend and initial feedback from customers has been really positive. We’ve been inundated with bookings and, thanks in part to the glorious Bank Holiday weekend weather, our terrace courtyard has proved a very popular spot for alfresco drinks and dining.”
Alibi is open Sunday to Thursday, 10am-11pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-1.30am. Food will be served daily from 10am to 9pm. For more information visit here.
Head Chef: Damian Collinson
Photographs provided by Ask Clout. Feature photograph shows the Grand Salon.
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