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The Monday Menu is a new initiative featuring weekly music acts in Farrer’s Bar at the Spa, Scarborough. Guests can join to have a relaxed drink or indulge in the meals on offer from the bar’s usual range, plus a special added for this musical evening.

This inaugural night saw Mister Jim performing a two hour set, ranging the moods and genres across the evening. Starting out with contemporary tracks from the likes of George Ezra, before featuring some of the ‘modfather’ Paul Weller and later The Jam, Jim moved with ease across classic covers such as ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay’, ‘Handbags and Gladrags’ and ‘Cats in the Cradle’, delivered with poignancy in a version that I felt nicely blended elements of various artists who have released this song.

With two other events happening in the Spa that evening (Billy Pearce’s summer show and the wonderful Spa Orchestra in their final week of the season) it remained to be seen whether the audience would diminish come showtime; it was pleasing to note the exodus was minimal, and with a few more passing visitors arriving in the latter half the numbers were steady.

An upbeat run of tracks that included ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ and Queen’s ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ meant the energy did not dip in the second hour; and towards the end, the piece de resistance for me was Steve Earle’s ‘Copperhead Road’, imbued with just the right level of grizzly twang to set off the tale therein.

In terms of the setting, the food is reasonably priced and well portioned, albeit regularly returning customers could perhaps be encouraged with meal-and-drink type deals; and the lighting could be utilised better to enhance the ambience; certainly one wants to see what one is eating but after food service ends one felt the lights should have been brought down and allowed the audience to focus in on the performance.

On a cold and drizzly Monday night, this was well worth venturing out for, and the next two weeks see the talents of Alastair James and then Robert Schmuck performing in the bar. With music from 7pm til 9pm, the other beauty of this is, you can venture out early doors and not be back too late on a ‘schoolnight’ or better yet, still get to other events starting later (such as Daz Cooke’s open mic, at The Commercial).

The Monday Menu at Farrer’s Bar, food from 6.30pm with Music 7pm-9pm. Eating is optional, tables can be reserved by contacting the venue – 01723 376774.