A stylish bar is a must-see in the town

Alan Pennell reflects on the situation he and his fiancee Holly Ambrose faced after opening Chapter 2, a stylish cocktail and wine bar in Bingley.

“We bought what used to be a nightclub and created a new bar,” he says. “It opened on November 14, 2019 but quickly had to close due to the pandemic.”

But as quickly as it was forced to close its doors, the Chapel Lane bar rebounded and is now a go-to destination in the city, not only for sitting down and having a drink, but also for party fun. events. Alan and Holly put their heart and soul into entertaining customers – and it shows.

“We hung on thanks to Covid – now we’re on the other side, we’ve seen a big increase in custom – it’s buzzing,” says Alan. “With endless themed brunches, comedy nights and monthly 90s nostalgia nights with Bingley’s acclaimed DJ Matt Evans, . We got great reviews – “The best night I’ve ever had” and “Those 90s nights are exactly how I remembered them back then.”

Past events have included the Spice Girls Bottomless Brunch, 80s Hits Brunch, Dirty Dancing Brunch, Mama Mia Mother’s Day Brunch and the Queen’s Tribute Brunch.

“We have a Britney VS Christina brunch planned for Easter weekend and many more to come.”

The popular bar also hosts a monthly comedy night. “We’re Bingley’s only regular comedy venue and the nights are amazing. We had top comedians such as Scott Bennett, Nina Gilligan and Bingley’s beautiful Seeta Wrightson. We are about to launch a monthly karaoke night on a Thursday.

The “very Instagrammable” interior is modern and trendy, with flowery walls, neon lights and designer decor. “It has comfortable cabins, a big shiny window and a very stylish illuminated bar,” says Alan. “We have a little outdoor seating area with flyover which is a fantastic little place to soak up the sun and people watch.”

Alan and Holly run the business, working alongside their daughter Daisy, 19, and staff members Hollie Haigh, Josh Bishop, Sophie Long and Molly Marsh.

“We are a fantastic team who are passionate about our work,” says Alan.

Chapter 2 is the second business opened by Alan and Holly, hence its name. “We own and run Cottingley Diner, a cafe in Cottingley, so this is the next chapter in our working lives,” says Alan.

“I also admit that at a food festival in the summer of 2019, we saw two businesses owned by the same owner in the same city called Chapter 1 and Chapter 2. We loved that and thought the idea quite appropriate for ourselves. .

“At first I kept a job while running the bar, while Holly continued to run the cafe, but now is the time for me to hang up my tools and enjoy the adventure we’ve created.”

The bar sells a wide range of cocktails “made with fresh, premium ingredients”. We don’t stop there, our wine list is also fantastic – we source our wine from an independent local supplier who are well known for their quality,” says Alan.

“We also have a brilliant range of lagers, ciders and draft and draft beers. We have two rotating beer options where we tend to stick to Yorkshire brews, occasionally slipping in an award winning beer like the Titanic Plum Porter. Our customers are spoiled for choice. »

Alan praises their regulars, who have supported them from the start. “Without them, we wouldn’t be here now,” he says.

Chapter 2 proves popular for private functions. “Our room is the perfect size and layout,” says Alan. “With fantastic links to party accessories, we can throw an unforgettable party. We have several clients who have immediately booked for another party later in the year. »

The bar is also available during the week for various functions. “Bingley WI run a craft group every Tuesday morning, we have a few evening craft groups that run monthly classes and we also host a Friday night book club which is a fantastic group that loves to discuss the book of the month while enjoying good company and a glass of wine.

Baby showers, engagements, wakes and even a wedding have taken place on site, which offers “one-stop service with a catering package”.

Alan and Holly are transforming the first floor of the building. “Our vision is to build a kitchen and a new Speakeasy bar. We hope to have the work completed by the end of the year,” adds Alan.

*Chapter 2 Cocktail & Wine Bar, 11a Chapel Lane, Bingley BD16 2NG

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