York’s new ‘wonder bar’ reveals its name and opening details

25 Nov 2020 @ 6.17 pm
| Food & drink

It’s going to be big and – judging by its cocktail list – just a little bit enjoyably bonkers…

More details have emerged about the all-new food and drink emporium opening soon in the former Terry’s building on St Helen’s Square.

YorkMix first revealed in September that Tokyo Industries – which used to run Fibbers – was transforming the venue into a day-night space featuring a tea room, cocktail bar and restaurant.

Now we know the name. It will be called Impossible Wonderbar & Tea Rooms.

And it aims to be open next month – hopefully when York’s hospitality businesses are allowed to trade again, after the latest lockdown.

According to its entry on the VisitYork website, the building – which was home to Carluccio’s until March – is undergoing a facelift “to include a tea room, restaurant and bar, offering a beautifully crafted central island where classic cocktails have been rejuvenated with added flair and theatre to tantalise the senses”.

Unique cocktails

Work is underway to transform the old Terry’s café. Photograph: YorkMix

Looking at the cocktail menu, this is going to be a place to experience new taste sensations.

On the Impossible Facebook page they have been revealing their signature cocktails, and you won’t be able to get them anywhere else.

They include

  • the Old Flame – a ‘fiery twist on the famous Old Fashioned’;
  • the Terry’s Orange Martini – a chocolatey concoction featuring York Gin;
  • and the Mad Quacker, which includes ‘gin, lychee, hibiscus, eggs white with lemon’.
The Mad Quacker. Photograph: Impossible – York on Facebook

The cocktails “have been carefully created to marry perfectly with a bottomless brunch and afternoon tea menu of mouth-watering small plates and home-made patisseries”.

When the rules allow, the Impossible bar will put on entertainment such as live singers, musicians and performance acts.

What about the food? The a la carte menu “is a fusion of rustic, wood-fired British cuisine drawing inspiration from far and wide”.

Dishes include the Yorkshire Venison burger served on pretzel bun with local cheddar, and an array of artisan flatbreads made fresh to order in onsite pizza ovens. 

There will also be sharing boards – included one based around cheese fondue. And their Sunday roast will feature “luxurious cheese and truffle mash, homemade Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy”.

The opening date is set to be announced soon.