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Firepit Smokehouse & Sports Bar, Bingley
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Outside view
One of the current trends in the casual dining market is the opening of Smokehouse restaurants.

The same team behind the successful Potting Shed bar and restaurant in Bingley have chosen the town to open up their new venture the Firepit Smokehouse & Sports Bar.

Fittingly situated in the old Fire station, the restaurant only opened in April so on our visit I found it was a case of work in progress.

Upstairs restaurant
We visited on an early Sunday evening and the place was fairly quiet. Parking is easy as there is a big car park more or less straight in front of the restaurant.

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On entering the restaurant you walk more or less straight into the sports bar. The main restaurant which has a totally different atmosphere is upstairs. It might deter tentative customers from going any further when they see the sports bar, but to walk away would be a missed opportunity.

I understand that when the planned Beverley and Northallerton restaurants open later this year that the two areas of the business will be positioned better.

You can also eat in a small conservatory area downstairs at the front of the building.

The theme is that of an American diner for the Smokehouse restaurant, though I was not expecting to hear old school rap music from the likes of Notorious B.I.G. and Public Enemy which really did not fit with the type of customers present.

The wine is served chilled
I later discovered that the soundtrack is normally mid 70's classic rock along with acts such as Thin Lizzy, The Eagles and Iggy Pop. I think the barman on our visit wanted us to hear his personal taste of music.

But what of the food? Well, the menu is the typical Burgers and Sandwiches along with Tacos and Salads though there are some tempting surprises.

Chicken wings starter
Between us we were going to try the 10 oz Slab of Meat or perhaps the Pork Chop on the Bone, but because they had been so busy on the Saturday night, they had sold out of these items. Ditto the Smoked Flame Grilled Chicken which came with fries and Pit Slaw, for a very reasonable £8.50.

For starters I went for the Pitballs. I found the Pastrami Mac 'n' cheese balls wholesome and very tasty. My partner's Smoked Jumbo Chicken Wings, which can be served as 3,6 or 9 pieces were thought to be a good starter for the main course.

Bacon and cheese burger
As the mains we wanted had both sold out we had to go for a burger each, mine being the Bacon and Cheese burger and my partner the Smoked Buttermilk Chicken - both were nicely presented and enjoyable.

The desserts we both thought were the best part of the meal. My Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich was superb whilst my partner's Baked American Cheesecake was also said to be extremely 'moreish'.

They have a very extensive gin and whisky list along with a wide range of craft beers: some thought has gone into the range available.

There are also Cocktails, Milkshakes and Mocktails on the drinks list too.

Waffle ice cream sandwich
The Kids Menu as been well thought out with dishes such as Wings and Fries, Sliced Smoked Sausage with Fries and Baked Beans for £5.00.

It is a good concept and I am sure that when the other Yorkshire outlets open they will have got it perfected so that it is red hot, just like the food.

The Old Fire Station, Market Street, Bingley, BD16 2HP
www.firepitbar.co.uk

Firepit Smokehouse & Sports Bar, Bingley, 4th July 2017, 11:27 AM