After high acclaim from a range of exclusive launch events, Tuesday 29th October saw the much-anticipated public opening of ‘True North Restaurant’ at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax. Previously the old Viaduct Café in the Main Mill, True North has been transformed into an incredibly stylish restaurant, promising a warm northern welcome and great food.
The restaurant is headed by multi-award winning and highly respected Executive Chef Mark York. “True North is a great neighbourhood style restaurant that you can always rely on.” says Mark. “We offer laidback Breakfasts, leisurely Lunches and something special for Dinner. And our Sunday Lunch Menu is out of this world. I have a fantastic Team in the Kitchen who are excited about creating some exceptional dishes and putting this restaurant on the Foodie Map.”
Dean Clough is the ideal location for True North. Once home to the world’s largest carpet factory, the prestigious Mills have been lovingly restored to become a leading commercial hub. Restaurant Executive Director, Sarah Horsley says, “Halifax is a big deal and Dean Clough is an inspiring place to be. Right in the centre. It has a unique mix of commerce and culture and we’re proud to be right in the heart of Halifax’s Heritage. We’ve been taking bookings well in advance of opening, showing that guests from near and far are ready to see a restaurant of this quality in Halifax. And they’re not going to be disappointed; Mark is a phenomenal Chef. You can see in everything he cooks; he really pushes to the next level to get the most out of his dishes and, importantly, develop the Team around him.”
The restaurant boasts an Open Kitchen, where Mark encourages guests of all ages to come and say “Hello”. The Bar serves a wide variety of beverages including exclusive draught beers from Vocation Brewery in Hebden Bridge. True North has a rustic, industrial feel, with exposed ducting, concrete floor and exposed brickwork. Green leather seating and potted plants add a splash of colour and together with the use of wood, soften the industrial nature to create a warm, inviting space to dine in. In pride of place is a statement sculpture by local artist Sue Robinson, which pulls together the history of the space at Dean Clough as well as the history of the owners.
In further developments at Dean Clough, True North shares an entrance with The Viaduct Theatre, which has recently extended its programme of productions. The restaurant will be offering a Pre-Theatre Menu before every Viaduct performance. Mark says, “We’re looking to have some fun with these, really adding to the experience of Theatre-Goers.”