A couple who launched their first restaurant venture almost two years ago are moving to new premises.

Michael and Georgia Parkinson, who run Parky’s Bistro in Milnsbridge, will make the switch at the end of June – but aren’t going far.

Parky’s opened 20 months ago in Home Mills, the former Lindsays Furniture Mill, in Britannia Street.

But a lease was never signed and now the mill is set to be re-developed into a family-based leisure destination and Parky’s will go.

Georgia, 47, said: “At first we were really gutted and it hit us hard the first few days but you learn as you go on in business and now we’re really excited.

“There’s a lot that we can’t take with us and we’ve invested everything we have in this business. We are definitely starting again from scratch.”

Michael and Georgia Parkinson of Parky's Bistro, Home Mills, Milnsbridge, which is relocating
Michael and Georgia Parkinson of Parky's Bistro, Home Mills, Milnsbridge, which is relocating

Georgia and Michael, 39, will close at Home Mills on June 26 and move that weekend to what is now Millers Wine Bar in Market Street, Milnsbridge.

A launch party with a champagne reception will be held for customers old and new on July 1.

The new restaurant, over two floors, will seat 50-60 diners and is slightly smaller than where they are now.

But the big advantage is that the new restaurant will have a bar so customers can enjoy draught beers instead of bottled.

The bistro serves “classically British” dishes and will extend its opening hours with the move.

Instead of just Friday and Saturday evenings it will open Wednesday to Saturday.

All the restaurant’s 18 or so full and part-time staff will make the short move.

Parky's Bistro, Home Mills, Brittania Road, Milnsbridge.

Home Mills, set up as Lindsays Furniture Mill in 1980, has been having a closing down sale since the turn of the year and is being wound down.

The business was started by Harry and Hilary Lindsay and is now run by son Ashley.

Ashley said there was a new project in the pipeline which was “very exciting for Huddersfield.”

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Deals had not yet been completed but several established businesses from the leisure sector had been lined up as tenants and the new centre could open in January next year.

Ashley said he would have liked Parky’s to stay and be part of the new project but added: “They have a good following and a good reputation and we wish them well.”

More details about the re-development plans will be revealed later, he said.