The Piece Hall officially opened the doors to its new and much anticipated new restaurant The Trading Rooms yesterday with an evening reception.
The Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Marcus Thompson, unveiled a plaque officially opening the venue which was named ‘The Trading Rooms’ by Halifax resident Kate Marns following an open call.
The restaurant is operated by The Piece Hall Trust and has been developed through support from Calderdale Council and capital grant funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Profits generated by The Trading Rooms will be re-invested into the upkeep of the Grade I listed building.
Covering 3,315 sq ft in the Arcade ground floor level and looking out over the spectacular 66,000sq ft courtyard, The Trading Rooms will be open from breakfast to dinner with imaginative menu changes through the day.
The Trading Rooms, like the rest of the refurbished Georgian former cloth hall, has an interesting, contemporary feel while keeping one foot firmly in its heritage.
There is also a sense of theatre to the family friendly, seasonal menus devised by general manager of Food and Beverages, Jason Wardill and head chef, Simon Dyson.
The open plan kitchen will have its own charcoal grill and the basement kitchen will provide great bread and cakes in The Bakery, with award winning craft baker, Sandor Bagameri at the helm. The artisan loaves produced and sold in The Bakery will be used in the restaurant.
Jason said: “I am really excited about this amazing opportunity to build a dining destination that The Piece Hall deserves. We have a great team who are passionate and committed to putting The Trading Rooms on the map.”
Seating 120 indoors with 80 outdoor covers ready to be rolled out in the spring, The Trading Rooms has created over 35 new jobs for Calderdale. Keen for the restaurant to help young people develop key skills, four apprenticeships have been developed in conjunction with Calderdale College.
John Rees, principal & CEO of Calderdale College, said: “We’re delighted to be working with The Piece Hall Trust to create these new, high quality apprenticeship roles. Our outstanding Apprenticeship Team is always keen to partner with new employers to help them develop their own their own talent through the apprenticeship programme.”
Since it opened last August, The Piece Hall has welcomed nearly three million visitors, a marked increase on the estimated annual footfall of 1.6 million. It is fast developing a reputation as a foodie destination, a reputation The Trading Rooms will only enhance.
Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall, said: “We are all very proud of our new flagship restaurant and bakery. Since The Piece Hall re-opened, we have worked very hard to ensure we build the right mix of food and drink outlets and The Trading Rooms, along with our growing number of fantastic, smaller independent cafés and bars, will create a great dining experience which will best serve an important nationally significant destination.”
The Leader of Calderdale Council, Coun Tim Swift said: “It’s great to see another fantastic addition to The Piece Hall’s diverse range of businesses.
“As an outstanding international heritage destination, The Piece Hall is making a major contribution to the regeneration of Halifax and beyond and the new restaurant will build on its popularity for local people and visitors.”
The Trading Rooms has received funding from West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.