Welcome to the Impossible world of York’s new wonderbar!
Combining a ground floor tea room and brasserie with an opulent first floor cocktail bar, Impossible York opens to the public on Saturday (12 December).
YorkMix has had a sneak peek at the new venue, on St Helen’s Square, and can vouch that it is a must-visit.
In the old Terry’s café building, and transformed from its most recent incarnation as Carluccio’s Italian restaurant, Impossible York is phase one of a £3 million investment project by Aaron Mellor’s Tokyo Industries.
The company, former owner of Fibbers, says there is a “hotel, multiple roof terraces and speakeasy” in the pipeline for 2021.
Which is a great vote of confidence in York as it emerges from the shadow of the pandemic.
The tearoom will serve indulgent afternoon teas and sweet delights, championing local suppliers, alongside show-stopping specially imported coloured coffees, with chocolates and coffee also available to purchase for takeaway.
Afternoon tea, with sandwiches, pastries and scones, is £19.95 – or £24.95 with a glass of Prosecco.
The brasserie comes complete with an open kitchen, and will serve British-Bavarian dishes using local produce.
Menu highlights include Yorkshire Venison Burger (£15.95), pretzel bun, smoked cheddar, treacle bacon, celeriac slaw; and The Wurst (£14.45), Frankfurter, Jagermeister pulled pork, gherkins, sauerkraut, mustard cheese, currywurst sauce.
They also do a Sunday roast for £14.95.
Cocktails all round
Head up the stairs to the cocktail bar and it’s a different experience again.
There’s a disco, area for live music, light show and horseshoe shaped booths. The interior includes wooden panelling, made in the same wood that created the stunning interiors of the RMS Titanic, a striking glass domed ceiling, antique gold details and luxurious fabrics.
Cocktails include the Mad Quacker (£9), Terry’s Orange Martini (£9.95) and Shambles Mule (£9).
Stephanie Powell, General Manager at Impossible York added: “It’s been a real labour of love to restore this beautiful building and also pay homage to its incredible past.
“We hope once more it can become a well-loved establishment within the York community offering a place to drink and dine all year round.”