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Bradford Means Business Awards
We’re delighted to have reached the short list in this year’s Bradford Means Business Awards. Organised by the Telegraph and Argus, the awards celebrate businesses across the Bradford district.
The Ticket Office has been shortlisted in the Retail, Leisure or Hospitality Business of The Year category.
We congratulate everyone who reached the shortlist in this year's awards and look forward to meeting our fellow nominees at the gala awards dinner in Bradford on 5 July 2018.
Meet the team behind our new food menu
If you follow the comings and goings at The Ticket Office, you can’t have failed to notice that we recently launched a new food menu.
Our oysters, steak frites, crispy belly pork and sharing boards have been creating quite a stir - so we thought it was about time we introduced the talented guys in the kitchen, whose inspiration and creativity have got the town talking.
Meet Head Chef Paul Murphy and Sous Chef Reece Harrison. Paul (on the left) has previously worked at several swanky establishments including The Yorke Arms at Ramsgill. Reece is Paul’s right-hand man and has worked at a number of well-known dining venues, including The Timble Inn near Otley.
We managed to grab them both in a quiet minute and quiz them about the inspiration behind our new menu.
What’s your favourite ingredient to work with?
Paul: Turmeric, for its warm flavour and natural anti-inflammatory properties. At home I drink turmeric ‘tea’ in the morning. It’s also good on whole grain toast with a little black pepper and olive oil.
Reece: It’s got to be limes. I love how such a little amount can go such a long way. Just a dash of the juice can add a sharp, fresh flavour that really bring a dish to life. I love the combination of tequila and lime in our chargrilled chicken salad – one of the seasonal specials we serving at the moment.
What’s your favourite style of food?
Paul: Indian, for its complex flavours, simple presentation and informal dining experience.
Reece: South-east Asian cuisines such as Vietnamese and Thai. I love the dominance of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices used in most south east Asian dishes. You can create an endless variety of interesting, flavoursome dishes with this style of cooking.
What are the hot trends in food right now?
Paul: Healthy, body-conscious foods. I love them and relish the challenge of making something refreshing, healthy and interesting. The Ticket Office menu includes plenty of healthy dishes, as well as gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
Reece: Since I started working as a chef, I’ve seen a big shift towards healthy eating. It’s really inspired people to try foods they’re not used to eating, which is good news for me as I get to cook really varied and exciting food.
When it comes to food, what inspires you?
Paul: Seasonal produce. Seasonal ingredients feature strongly at The Ticket Office and we’ll be changing the menu regularly to reflect whatever is in season.
Reece: I love discovering new ways to combine ingredients, whether it’s to create something completely new or to take a popular favourite and make it even better. That’s inspiring.
What else inspires your cooking?
Paul: Travelling, research and eating out myself.
Reece: My inspiration can come from anywhere. I might be eating out and be inspired by another chef or I might be shopping and spot an ingredient I think will go well in a particular recipe. Seasonal ingredients also provide inspiration for what I’m cooking at any given time of the year.
Now you’re part of The Ticket Office team, what’s your ambition?
Paul: To create and serve dishes which are exciting, different, casual and social. Also, the Ticket Office is a perfect location to marry the complex flavours of top quality cocktails, wines and craft ales with the flavours of premium ingredients.
Reece: When I eat out and am trying something new, I remember that dining experience. I want to achieve the same with the menu at The Ticket Office – serving dishes which allows customers to try different cuisines and have an exciting dining experience that they will remember.
Toast the Tour de Yorkshire with a Flying Elixir (or two)
To mark Ilkley’s status as the finish of Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, our Master Mixologist Lawrence has rustled up a brand new cocktail. The Flying Elixir is a complex yet refreshing blend of thyme infused honey, marmalade vodka, quince gin, lemon and peach. It’s alarmingly moreish!
The Flying Elixir is inspired by the airborne and life-saving qualities of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the Tour De Yorkshire’s chosen charity for 2018 and we’ll be donating 50p to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for every Flying Elixir we sell. This one-off concoction is available now - but only until the Tour de Yorkshire draws to a close on Monday 7th May. Enjoy!
Simple. Social. Soulful. Our new, globally inspired food menu has arrived.
We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our new, casual dining menu inspired by the flavours of Europe, Asia and India.
Pop in to sample signatures dishes such as oysters and steak frites, sharing boards, sandwiches and seasonal specials including Indian Spiced Lamb and Ginger and Soy Cured Salmon – all designed to complement our extensive range of premium wines, champagnes, cocktails, spirits, cask ales and craft beers.
All our dishes showcase premium ingredients from our favourite local suppliers including The Loafer Bakery and Threshfields in Guiseley, and many are gluten free.
Our menu launch coincides with the opening of Platform 3 - our shiny new heated outdoor dining and drinks space - so why not swing by and soak up the sun while you sip your favorite tipple and peruse our new menu?
We’re serving food served daily from 12 noon. To book a table simply give us a call on 01943 674455 or drop us a message.
Happy birthday to Us! (and thanks for helping us to raise £250 for Ilkley Candlelighters)
This week we’re celebrating our first 100 days of trading with a donation to local cancer charity fundraisers, the Ilkley Candlelighters.
If you’ve bought one (or several!) of our signature Rhubarb Triangle cocktails, we want to say a big thank you for helping us to raise the funds - since opening in December, we’ve sold a whopping 500 Rhubarb Triangles, generating £250 for this important cause. For more information about the fantastic work of Ilkley Candlelighters, head over to http://ilkleycandlelighters.org.uk/
If you haven’t yet tried a Rhubarb Triangle – what are you waiting for? Rhubarb doesn’t grow on trees you know!
Burley couple create winning Yorkshire rhubarb tipple
A couple from Burley in Wharfedale got the chance to indulge their love of Yorkshire’s famous rhubarb when they won our ‘Design a Cocktail’ competition.
Linda and Colin Gornall scooped first prize with their winning recipe for a Yorkshire Rhubarb Express - a heady mix of Yorkshire rhubarb gin, rhubarb syrup, lemon juice, rhubarb bitters and prosecco. Their prize was a visit to The Ticket Office where the couple created their winning tipple.
“The inspiration for the cocktail came from my love of rhubarb”, said Linda.
“Making the cocktail was great fun but there’s a lot more to it than I realised. The team at The Ticket Office are real masters and they make mixing cocktails look easy. I think I’m better at drinking cocktails than I am at making them!”, she added.
Congratulations Colin and Linda- you were worthy winners! We loved how your recipe showcased the delicate and tangy flavour of Yorkshire rhubarb.
Welcome to February - Cocktail masterclasses have arrived!
After a sobering Dry January, we’re delighted to usher in February with the launch of our Cocktail Masterclasses.
Our take on a masterclass fuses a generous dollop of tasting with a dash of information, topped off with a liberal sprinkling of creativity and fun!
With one of our dedicated mixologist to show you the ropes, you’ll discover the ingredients, inspiration and showmanship behind concoctions such as our intense Espresso Martini, steamy Smoke on the Moor and signature cocktail, the Rhubarb and Ginger Negroni.
We invited the ladies from Ilkley bases all-female collective the Girl Tribe Gang to test drive our first ever masterclass and, as the pic testifies, they soon got into the swing of things!
So, if you thought Smoke on the Moor was weather related and that a Tiki Express was a form of transport, prepare to be educated!
Master Mixologist and General Manager
PS: If you can get your hands on a copy of this month’s Suburban magazine, there’s a chance to win a cocktail masterclass worth up to £250. The closing date for entries is 28 February 2018. Good luck!
Bar Magazine, February 2018
Suburban Magazine, February 2018
Ilkley Gazette, February 2018
Leeds Bars, February 2018
The Spirits Business, December 2017
Leeds Living, December 2017
Yorkshire Business Daily, December 2017
Full Steam Ahead
After months of meticulous planning, weeks of heavy duty cocktail development and a smattering of sleepless nights, we cast aside the builder’s screens and flung open The Ticket Office doors on Friday 1 December 2017.
If you managed to join us on our opening night, thanks for helping to make the occasion so special. We hope you had fun and that we impressed you!
To the many local businesses, friends, family and other special folks who came along during our launch week, it was great to see you! We hope we delivered a First Class experience.
If you‘ve already succumbed to the heady pleasure that is a Rhubarb Triangle’ - the cocktail I’ve created to raise funds for Ilkley Candlelighters - we say a huge “Chin Chin Daarhling”. Thanks so much for supporting this important cause.
Over the coming months I’ll be using this page to bring you our news and share some of my favourite cocktail recipes – get in touch if you want your tipple of choice to feature here in future!
For now, come and pay us a visit and let us know what you think. We’re unapologetically chuffed with the place and we hope you’ll love it.