TAKE a quaint Victorian house, add an extensive renovation with blood, sweat and tears, throw in a tasty menu with top quality food, and what do you get? No11 Station Road.
Anthony Byrom and Adele Taylor are proudly opening the doors of their new venue just over the hill in Marsden on Wednesday, October 10.
The couple, who previously worked at Wooly Knit in Diggle, took on the historic property in April and have spent six months getting stuck in to renovate it into a brand new eaterie.
From painting and decorating to help with rebuilding walls, there is no space untouched – but the couple was determined to keep the Victorian charm of the place alive.
“It is not something Tony and I would necessarily have chosen ourselves but the feel of it was lovely so we stuck with it,” said Adele. “It would have been sacrilege to change it.”
Downstairs, customers can choose their food in the delicatessen to take away or eat at the large, communal table, or find a table in the cosy seating area next door.
The Carriage Room awaits upstairs, offering a snug area where visitors can read, work or just relax as they enjoy cake and a coffee.
There is also a private dining room available for hire for events including parties and birthdays, but also suitable to use for business meetings or gatherings.
And a terraced patio area outside, which is dog-friendly, means customers can catch the sun’s rays and enjoy the fresh air while they eat and mingle.
Here, there will be a BBQ during the upcoming Marsden Jazz Festival (October 12-14) and in the evening, Anthony will take to the decks to entertain.
Throughout the eaterie, which has been everything from a home to a greengrocer’s and holistic therapy shop, there are features to emphasise the Victoria history.
From the fireplaces and chandeliers to archive photographs on the wall, Adele and Anthony, who live in Grasscroft with their three daughters, have picked up on all the little touches.
And the main work for the couple – preparing the mouth-watering menu – will be done in the basement, which has been completely gutted and kitted out.
“We won’t have an extensive menu but we’re just keeping it simple and flexible,” said experienced chef Anthony.
“We don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves to one style of food, so we’ll be serving whatever we feel like doing that week, be it tapas, French, British, or something else.
“We’ll have seasonal dishes as well, and eight specials changing regularly. We’ll be posting on Instagram with our menu for the day so people can see what to expect.”
The couple hopes to have an alcohol licence in place by Christmas but welcome customers to bring their own until then.
“It’s been a really good journey so far,” added Adele. “All we ever wanted was to have our own place and after 20 years we have got there!”
Visit the new eaterie at No11 Station Road, Marsden HD7 6DG.
From October 10 they are open on Wed-Sat from 9am-5pm and on Sunday from 10am-4pm.