Eating out at Ricci’s Place Restaurant on Crossley Street, Halifax
Halifax, West Yorkshire is a traditional northern town probably more well known for it’s bank than anything else. But that’s not even the start of it’s story. An old mill and textile hub that has evolved into the modern age; great independent restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars can now be found dotted all over the spectacular old mills and buildings in the town centre. Situated in a wonderful grade II listing establishment right next to the beautiful town hall building, Riccis Place has been serving up great food & drink here since 2011 and has become a local favourite restaurant in this time.
Priding itself on award winning food and a great range of alcohol which can “cater to all taste and budgets” you can see why it has become one of the most popular eateries in the area.
The food and cocktails have a Spanish/Italian vibe with a strong British influence, which may sound confusing to some, but it actually works fantastically well. With a modern, metropolitan atmosphere and minimalist decor to match, Riccis Place is a must visit if you decide to come to Halifax.
In addition the staff are warm and welcoming, and the kitchen is open. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat in full view of the chefs you will notice the efficiency of catering and service; no dish waits long to be served at it’s destination table once perfected by the chef.
The Food & Drink at Riccis Place, Halifax
Quite unlike any restaurant we have been to recently, the menu draws on more than once influence. You’ll find wonderful variations of Spanish Tapas themed “nibbles” dishes, and Sangria on the drinks menu.
In addition to this there’s a selection of Antipasti, Pasta and Gnocci and Risotto the Italians would be proud of. Of course to top this off there’s always steak and meat dishes on hand to cater for carnivores.
The nibbles of Chorizo, Jamon Croquetas & Padron Peppers were a tasty choice to start and perfect to share with a friend or a date as a starter. As a tapas dish it’s hard not to love Croquetas and these were well up there with some of the best I’ve had. Don’t over indulge on the starter though, as the main courses are impressive in portion size as well as taste.
Steak, closely followed by Gnocchi dishes are two that are close to my heart when eating out. It was amazing then to find a Gnocchi dish on the specials menu that had fillet steak in it. And what about that sauce! The dish was incredible: Soft, flavoursome pieces of Gnocchi with medium rare cooked fillet steak chunks, all doused in a delicious peppery sauce. Definitely not a dish I’ve seen anywhere else and one that was even more mouth watering than it sounds.
To drink? A jug of Sparkling Sangria. Again not quite the traditional Spanish drink we’re all hooked on, but equally as good. It came in a large jug with what looked like your 5 portions of fruit and veg a day nicely chopped up inside it, bonus. Again a generous size: It would have been acceptable for three to share, but as a pair we couldn’t resist the stuff and finished the lot.
You can also order three other variations on the drink, a more traditional Sangria made with red wine, one with white and one with an in between rose wine.
So how was the food overall? Riccis Place gets a huge tick from us for its unique menu, portion sizes, tastes and flavours and comes highly recommended if you are looking to eat out in Halifax. Being lucky enough to have grown up in Yorkshire near Halifax, it’s really exciting to see more restaurants like this starting to get established in the area, providing a wealth of choice and flavours for eating our in Calderdale.
How to get to Riccis Place Halifax
Situated right in the town centre, next to the town hall building the restaurant is easy to get to by car or public transport. Street parking is available on Crossley street just metres away from Riccis Place and is free after 6pm and all day on Sundays (check the parking meters for latest information). The bus station is also just metres away at the bottom of Crossley St next to the library. You will find good links to Calderdale and Bradford here.
Prefer to come by train? Halifax train station has links to Bradford, Leeds and Manchester and is a short 10 minute walk away. When you leave the train station just turn right along the main road and past the Woolshops Shopping Centre, and take a left at Wade Street between the Royal Mail Building and the bus station. Follow it up to the top and you’ll see Ricci’s Place waiting for you just across the road.
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