Weaving Shed

A beautifully restored bar and restaurant in stunning Saltaire with a great food and drink offering.

Set in a picturesque waterside location, The Weaving Shed has proved popular with local residents and offers a wide range of food from breakfast to brunch, lunch to dinner hot drinks and coffee and off course a fully stocked bar with well kept beer and a great range of wines and spirits.North Yorkshire has to offer.

We’ve discovered another hidden gem! The Weaving Shed in Shipley is a stunning find and such a secret that we had no option but to tell as many people as possible about it. The popular bar and bistro at Shipley’s Victoria Mills complex – renamed  The Weaving Shed – reopened in October last year, following a £500,000 refurbishment due to damage from the floods on Christmas 2015.

The Weaving Shed was put out of action for months by the Boxing Day floods which deluged the premises under more than seven feet of water. The damage was completely devastating and Licensee Erica Hall said the venue had to be completely gutted and refitted. “It was devastating at the time but with help from lots of people and great contractors, I was determined to re-open as a bigger and better venue,” said Erica, who has run the business since April 2015 following a career in insurance.

Bar staff, a manager and two chefs were hired and the venue expanded with a bigger kitchen and cellar and storage space and a fantastic outside patio which from inside is accessed via huge bi-folding doors, perfect for summer. Erica has also introduced event nights with open mic and live music nights.

After discovering The Weaving Shed by chance and loving the look and feel of the place, plus the menu looked pretty good too, we decided to go for an early dinner and check it out. The décor is a mixture of textures and materials with wicker, wood and industrial piping being the main features which have been used with great effect to create lots of talking points and a super cool ambience. The service is very friendly and quick, which was a good thing as we were starving hungry.

Our drinks order was taken while we chose from the menu, the wine list is short but packed with a great selection of the most popular choices and the Compass Point Australian Chardonnay was extremely good. Definitely one I will look for in other bars and restaurants. There’s also a really good, fun cocktail menu. As food was being brought from the kitchen for other diners, we realised the portion sizes here are not for the faint hearted so we decided to share a starter of Hot Chilli Prawn Salad and we were so pleased we did. This dish was absolutely spot on and quickly devoured but there’s no way we could have eaten one each and done justice to our main courses. The mains arrived shortly after and both of our jaws hit the floor when we saw the size of the rack of ribs, thank goodness I chose the slow roasted belly pork with crispy crackling top, although that was also a very generous portion. The ribs were served with fries and homemade coleslaw and the meat just fell from the bones. Yes I did steal a couple, there were so many it would have been rude not to help out!

The belly pork was served on a bed of lovely creamy mash, again this just fell apart and melted in the mouth and the crackling was just how I like it, I think I could be heard crunching outside but I didn’t care. Although I managed to polish off my dish, plus a couple of my dining partners ribs, there was still half the rack left and we brought them home for lunch the next day!

The dessert menu had some of our favourites on; Bread and Butter Pudding, Apple Crumble with custard or ice-cream, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Chocolate Sponge but we were way too full to consider anything else. However, we hear their Sunday lunch is to die for so we have an excellent reason to go back soon.

Being part of the Victoria Mills residential complex, The Weaving Shed is very popular with the residents but we need to get the word out to the general public about what a superb place this is. It has all of the right ingredients to be a huge success and we are sure it will be once the word spreads. So if you want to get in early and see for yourself just how good the food is here before it gets really busy, go now!

Recommended by Angela Riches February 2017

Tel: 01274 928126

Victoria Mills Shipley BD17 7EF

www.theweavingshed.org.uk