Huddersfield wine bar and café to expand

Peel One, a Marsden-based bar and restaurant, is set for expansion after 21 months of cocktail-shaking and serving up steaks.

Peel One first opened as a bar and café in April 2014, but owners Sophie Byram and Ryan Clifford soon realised that there was a demand for evening meals in the village.

They tested the waters with a steak night on Tuesday evenings, which has met full tables and happy customers, week after week. They have also run tapas evenings, which have proved very successful.

Sophie and Ryan are now investing their profits into expanding the floor space of their bar. The balcony over-looking the river is to become an indoor extension, with a glass roof and walls to create a modern eating area over the water. This cosy but contemporary extension will create the scope to provide evening meals from Tuesday through to Sunday.

Peel One’s expansion will allow for around 25 extra covers per evening, and the whole team are excited to create a new menu which will reflect customer demand. This will also create a full-time position for a head chef to come on board.

Sophie said: ‘’With only a few weeks to go before our new space is unveiled, we are extremely excited to create a menu which will include both steak and tapas. We will be having an open evening for our existing loyal customers to unveil some new dishes and our contemporary eating area.’’

Since its conception and up until now, the steak night has been headed up in the kitchen by owner Sophie Byram. She learnt her cooking skills from her mother, Rachael Byram, who is a trained chef.

While Sophie has taken charge of the kitchen, Ryan has headed up the bar team, and is a well known figure behind the bar with locals. The young couple have put blood, sweat and tears into their venture, which is a testament to its success.

Ryan said: ‘’As we take a new chef on board, it will really enable us to provide the village with another great eating place. We’re lucky that we already have some excellent restaurants in Marsden, but we think that we can bring something a bit different to the table.’’

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