The textile industry gave Halifax some magnificent architecture, & the recently renovated Georgian splendour of Somerset House is perhaps the grandest example. Leopard print banquettes, black & orange tiles & faux-deco posters set the tone in Le Metro Café & Brasserie, which stakes its claim with a repertoire of classically simple French food. The charcuterie is exemplary, mussels with tomato, chilli & lemon are good, & perfectly cooked steak arrives with piping hot frites & a green salad, while spot-on sea bass sits atop wilted spinach with crushed new potatoes & butter sauce. To finish, explore the decent choice of English & French cheeses, or try something sweet – perhaps dark chocolate parfait with griottine cherries. Outside there’s an attractive courtyard for alfresco dining.