Wakefield Express pub of the week: Unity Hall Cafe Bar

Unity Hall's Cafe Bar pictured by John Jowett
Unity Hall's Cafe Bar pictured by John Jowett

About a month ago a new type of bar opened in the heart of Wakefield.

Unity Hall’s Cafe Bar on Westgate is the sort of glass-fronted venue you might expect to see around Millennium Square in Leeds or Sheffield’s West One complex.

But Unity Hall has a long history in the hospitality trade and has hosted cafés and restaurants in the past.

The latest incarnation works on many layers. It opens at 9am (Monday to Saturday) to cater for the coffee crowd and closes at 11pm for theatre goers and those simply on a night out.

The bar features a mix of fonts and handpulls. We saw Clark’s Touchline Tonic, which was brewed just down the road, and Copper Dragon’s Golden Pippin from Skipton.

As it was lunchtime we went for food and coffee. The 9am to 5pm food menu offers various platters, sandwiches, soup and the like.

We took a seat on a raised stage which has good views down Westgate and Smyth Street. The seating plan was distinctly vintage, with drop-leaf tables and non-matching dining chairs, dressers festooned with gig information leaflets.

Cafe Bar manager Nathan Birkinshaw described it as a “vivacious watering hole for the eclectic tastes of Wakefield”.

He said: “We offer a range of craft beers from around the globe, hearty British ales, classic cocktails, premium spirits, sarnies and light refreshments. We promise something for everyone.”

To nominate your pub of the week, email editorial@wakefieldexpress.co.uk.