May 2018: We are sad to announce the closure of Norse, and wish Paul Rawlinson all the best for future ventures. [January 2018: Norse has announced that it is changing its format from small plates to a set three course menu for just £22. They hope a better value proposition will encourage diners to eat there more regularly rather than it being a 'special occasion' destination. Without support the team fears this exceptional Harrogate restaurant will disappear, so we encourage you to visit and help keep Norse going.]
Harden's survey result
After three years sharing digs with Baltzersen’s café, this “unique” fine dining spot (“managing to be both Scandinavian in approach as well as firmly rooted in Yorkshire”) upped sticks to its own venue, on Swan Road, in April 2017. With its moss wall and handsome Nordic-style fittings, the crowdfunded space certainly looks the part; as we went to press, they were offering both à la carte and tasting menus – and, for the first time, Saturday lunch. We’ve maintained ratings in the expectation it will continue to deliver an “absolutely amazing experience” led by “clean-tasting and healthy” dishes using “locally sourced and foraged food”.
“Just fantastic!” – café by day, and Nordic fine-dining haunt by night; “the new-wave Scandi cooking is great value”, and “the homemade schnapps send you home with a glow”. While “they could (frankly) charge much more for what they do”, instead “they have introduced a demand-led pricing policy, so Tuesday night is discounted by 25%”.
28A Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA
Last orders: 9 pm