With the £3.2 million Hebden Bridge Town Hall development now rapidly taking shape, the trustees on are turning their attention to creating a “welcoming and lively centre” once the building opens in early summer.
The Hebden Bridge Community Association are looking for a franchise operator to run the courtyard cafe, which will be open to the public seven days a week, and to provide the in-house catering for conferences and functions held in the new Waterfront Hall and the other new public rooms.
“We’re looking for the right person or people with a strong track record in catering and cafe management, who want to work with us to make the Town Hall a welcoming and lively centre of Hebden Bridge life,” said Sarah Lister-Blow, the Association’s Executive Director. “Good quality food at reasonable prices both for our cafe customers and for groups and businesses holding functions in the building will be a key factor in the success of the Town Hall.”
The Association trustees say that they are looking to create a cafe atmosphere in the building similar to that in other public venues such as theatres, libraries and arts venues. The cafe, which will overlook the riverside courtyard, will be a focal point in the building and will be open not only for tenants of the new creative and digital enterprise units in the building but also for local people and visitors. The franchise holder will also be responsible for catering for functions in the Town Hall, ranging from buffet lunches for weekday business meetings to evening dinners and gala events.
The Community Association stress it will not be seeking to compete with local pubs and wine bars. However occasional drinks licences will be sought for particular functions and events where bars are required. The trustees say that the catering franchise holder may also want to bid to run these.
Full details of the catering franchise tendering process is now on the Community Association website, www.hebdenbridgetownhall.org.uk.