A 28-year-old mum-of-two has brought a whole new dining out concept to Huddersfield … and people are loving it.
Regan Green has this weekend opened Wine Lindley specialising in wine, cheese and charcuterie after her Wine Slaithwaite venture proved a huge hit in the Colne Valley.
Wine Lindley opened on Lidget Street on Friday and was packed out all night.
Regan, of Meltham, said: “We can’t believe the response which has been phenomenal. I was shattered after Friday. We’d just got the place ready in time and then it was quickly full and I’m so thankful people are supporting us.”
Regan has been in the hospitality industry since she was 13, starting out in her sister’s hotel in Delph called the Saddleworth Hotel.
She developed a love of Manchester when she was 17 and has worked in several quirky bars in the city where she spotted a gap in the market – wine and cheese.
She is now a trained sommelier and holds the advanced level 3 qualification in wine from The Wine And Spirit Education Trust which means she has a deep understanding of grape growing and wine making and can fully explain wine style and quality to customers.
So when she settled in Slaithwaite with partner Max Horsfall she decided to open Wine Slaithwaite and its immediate success led her to looking for the perfect venue for a second one and she decided Lindley was the ideal fit.
Regan and Max have two children, five-year-old Olivia and one-year George. Max is a civil engineer so for Regan to set up two busy businesses in a year with two very young children has been an almighty challenge but her parents, George and Tracy, have been phenomenal support.
“I simply couldn’t have done it without them,” said Regan. “I just saw this gap in the market for nights out and knew I’d have to go for it.”
The business will never stand still with the wine menu rotating four times a year to reflect the different seasons – summer, autumn, winter and spring.
“People just love the big reds in winter and then want the crisp, cooling wines in summer but we will always stock our best sellers all year round,” said Regan.
“What we want to do is broaden people’s horizons with wine so they are trying ones they’ve never had before and, hopefully, loving them.”
The wines are sourced worldwide including France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina, the USA and, yes, even England.
There are usually 18 wines on the menu and five cheeses which always include a cheddar, a brie and a blue but rotate weekly with all the food coming from Yorkshire suppliers including bread from The Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite and fruit and vegetables from Andrew’s Greengrocers in Holmfirth.
They also do a chocolate fondue to go with wine. Their quirkiest cheese is a truffle brie.
Wine Slaithwaite has been getting great reviews such as this one: “What a super night. Fantastic service, staff were super friendly, very knowledgeable about their wines and gins. Loved to hear that most of the food on their menu was locally sourced. Well done to you for supporting other local businesses. Will definitely be making a return visit.”
The opening hours for Wine Lindley are Wednesday and Thursday 4pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 12noon to 10pm and Sunday 12 noon to 9pm.
Wine Lindley has seating for 60 on two floors but the cellar is also being revamped so it will soon have more.
The three floors means it can also be booked for private functions.
Both Wine Lindley and Wine Slaithwaite have their own Facebook pages.
Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.