Halford, one of the many drinking, eating and relaxing spots in the State Buildings, is a plush and impressive small bar – down stairs off Hay Street, to a small bar area with stool seating, beyond that a lounge area with velvet covered chairs and couches, and with yet another cosy space down a further flight of stairs.
Combined with a tidy wine, cocktail and spirits list, along with a small menu of bar snacks, it is a great place for a quick stopover, or, as it was on the evening when we were there last week just the spot for a work function. The “functionaries’ were ensconced in the lounge area, so Lady FWO and I grabbed one of the high tables opposite the bar and relaxed with a glass or two of Blind Corner Cabernet Sauvignon and a couple of those aforementioned bar snacks – in this case a smoked salmon toastie and a quesadilla.
The toastie was packed with salmon, whipped cream cheese, a sprinkle of salty capers and the crunch of chopped pickled onion – well put together, indeed
The tortilla were oozing a filling of cheese, spiced avocado and hommus, with a dash of black salt on top, making for a delightful quesadilla – spot on. Going back for this, for sure.
And of course our wine choice was on song as well –from Margaret River it has a wafting bouquet of plums, blackberries and minty spice, while the palate has an intensity of dried currant flavours, satisfying and lingering on the taste buds.
Halford remains one of the best of the small bars around town and help make the State Buildings such a “must go” destination.