Over the last couple of years, Halifax has firmly laid its stake on the cultural and culinary map. With the emergence of indie bars serving cask ales, cool Scandinavian- inspired restaurants and cafe bars punctuating the centre of town, there is a really exciting food and drink scene afoot. True North is a relatively recent addition to the West Yorkshire town. Book a table here and you can expect a warm northern welcome and consistently good food
Stylish and relaxed, True North opened its doors at the striking Dean Clough Mills in November 2019 and offers a range of menus – leisurely brunches, casual lunches and evening dining. The restaurant also offers a cracking Sunday lunch and a dedicated children’s menu too.
True North is headed up by multi-award winning Executive Chef Mark York who previously worked at Le Mont at Urbis in Manchester, and headed up food operations for New World Trading, helping to establish The Botanist brand. Dishes on offer could include wild mushroom tortellini with a punchy stroganoff sauce; a 54-degree sirloin steak with portobello mushrooms and a smoked bean cassoulet topped with crispy filo pastry. The breakfast menu sounds appealing too, featuring eggs royale, smashed avocado on sourdough and something called a True North Scotch egg.
With exposed ductwork, stark brickwork and concrete floors, True North has an honest and industrial atmosphere. An open kitchen, rustic woodwork and green leather seating offer a warm and comfortable dining space. The bar serves a pleasing variety of drinks too – which includes draught beers from Vocation Brewery in Hebden Bridge.
Housed in Dean Clough, which was once the world’s largest carpet manufacturing base, True North contributes to the unique mix of culture and heritage on offer at the mill. Conveniently, the restaurant shares its entrance to Dean Clough with The Viaduct Theatre – making it the perfect place for pre-theatre dining too. Whatever time of day you visit – expect really satisfying food and a welcoming atmosphere.