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“Excellent value for money, service a bit slow.”

The Firehouse Restaurant & Cafe Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza, Grill
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Halifax
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326 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money, service a bit slow.”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We had booked a table for six people for 7.30pm on a Saturday evening. The food was pre booked also from the Christmas menu. We arrived early so didn't bother asking about the availability of our table until 7.30, at the allotted time it wasn't ready. We waiting another 15 minutes or so then we were called to our table. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was lovely. The restaurant is clean and tidy and well presented.

We were very quickly provided with the correct cutlery for our personal orders, we were also informed that the starters were not yet ready. Following a 30 minute wait we enquired after the starters and were informed they were just being plated up. By the time they arrived it was 8.30pm, a whole hour after our booking time.

The starters were lovely, plenty of prawns in the prawn cocktail, the anti pesto board was well stocked, and the garlic mushrooms tasty and plentiful.

Another wait followed before the main course arrived, by this time it was well after 9pm. The food arrived very well presented and ample portions. We had three turkey dinners, one Hake and two steaks. The steaks were advertised on the menu as being served with hand cut chips and pepper sauce. None arrived, the veg came to accompany the other dishes, but we had to ask where the pepper sauce and chips were. I got the impression that rather than they had forgotten them, they were hoping we would just eat the veg provided for the other meals. The chips were hastily put in the firer and after another short wait they arrived with the pepper sauce. Very nice they were too,
It was just a pity the whole order didn't arrive together, we assumed this was part of the idea of pre ordering.

Everything tasted lovely apart from the whole baby carrots, which would probably have tasted fine had they been cooked enough so you could actually eat them. The steak was cooked to perfection.

The sweets arrived shortly after the main course was finished, the service was quicker now as the place was less busy. A very generous cheeseboard, ample portions of Christmas pudding and chocolate brownies.

On the whole a very nice meal, just a shame about the slow service, the badly cooked carrots and the fact that the steaks were served not as advertised. There was a very large party group booked in for the evening which probably contributed to the service being slow, but if you take the bookings, you take on the staff so that people are not left waiting for unacceptable lengths of time.

I would recommend the Fire House, but if you book at a busy time be prepared to wait, also make a note of what you actually pre ordered so you get what you are paying for. At £20 per head the Christmas menu offered excellent value for money.

  • Visited December 2013
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English first
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fantastic home made burger”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

Fantastic for families and children's menu isn't just nuggets, fish finger or rubbish with chips. Proper chips with proper homemade burgers. Friendly staff great atmosphere.

Visited September 2013
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

Visited the FIrehouse last night with my wife, the food was excellent, all very well presented, the service was also very good, I would certainly recommend eating here.

  • Visited November 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
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“Always excellent but the price reflects this”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

The Fire house is a very pleasant up market bar and eatery in Sowerby bridge, which in itself is a mixed area town mainly vibrant but occasionally you feel you are in dodge city just before the bad boys ride into town. The bar is often packed and as prices are on the high side it tends to deter youths and the Wetherspoons set. This may seem pompous but I do not like loud loutish gangs that want to strut like peacocks.
But moving on the bar food is basically the same as in the upstairs restaurant but often the daily offers make it reasonably priced. The restaurant is busy and needs to be booked because the food is beautifully presented, well cooked and tasty. The menu caters for all types but is not too extensive, so it's easy to decide. Pizza, pasta and gourmet burgers are the speciality dishes but the specials are always worth considering.
The Fire house is well worth trying you will either love it and go back or you will know immediately if it's not your sort of venue. Hand pull beer is always good and it's highly recommended for celebrations. Chicken skewers, pizza and gourmet burgers will always satisfy.

  • Visited October 2013
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Sowerby Bridge, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Tea time treat.”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Good food and service in lovely surroundings. Great for tea time out with family or friends. Informal dining with lovely homemade pizza, also burgers and pasta on the menu. The starter antipasti plank is almost a meal in itself. No problem with boxing up left overs to bring home. A wide choice of menu with tea time specials.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Shirley B
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