Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Harrogate
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Harrogate restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 67 restaurants in Harrogate and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Harrogate restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Harrogate Restaurants
1. The Tannin Level British, Traditional restaurant in Harrogate 5 Raglan St - HG1
Founded in 1985, this local stalwart wins praise for its “sympathetically prepared local ingredients” (realised in fairly conventional style) and “clearly competent staff”. Top Tip – “great value early-bird dinner”.
2. Samuel’s, Swinton Park Hotel & Spa British, Modern restaurant in Masham Swinton Park - HG4
Occupying a small corner of a “fabulous old-school country pile” – itself set in 20,000 acres of ground – this “smart restaurant in a very smart hotel” makes use of game and fish from the estate, as well as produce from the very large kitchen garden, to provide “good cooking that’s well presented”. Afternoon tea in the splendid adjacent lounges is also a feature worth discovering.
3. General Tarleton British, Modern restaurant in Ferrensby Boroughbridge Rd - HG5
“New management are making an impact” according to reports on this well-known coaching inn, not far from the A1, which was taken over in January 2021 by father-and-daughter owners, Jonathan & Sarah Morris. The food from 2018 MasterChef: The Professionals competitor, Chris McPhee, is consistently well-rated: “if you missed the old ‘GT’ in its heyday, make a return visit: you will not be disappointed!”
4. Sukhothai Thai restaurant in Harrogate 17-19 Cheltenham Pde - HG1
“Always a vibrant dining experience!” – Ban Kaewkraikhot’s outpost of her Yorkshire group of traditional Thai venues (which started in Chapel Allerton in 2002) continues to draw a regular fan club for its comprehensive menu of authentic-tasting dishes.
5. The Bow Room Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in York Grays Court Hotel, Chapter House Street - YO1
“Quietly top class” – York’s oldest inhabited house (and boasting a medieval walled garden) is the backdrop to a meal at this small hotel, some of whose rooms have unmatched views of York Minster. The dining room (holder of hard-to-win three AA rosettes) is looked after by chef Adam Jackson, and his tasting menus with matching wine flights offer “a very pleasant experience with some great flavours”.
6. The Ivy Harrogate British, Modern restaurant in Harrogate 7-9 Parliament Street - HG1
2021 Review: A “bustling” ambiance that “gives a lift to the spirits” is the chief plus-point of this brasserie offshoot of the ever-expanding London luminary. Even fans concede it’s “expensive for what it is”, and “could be said to be a little formulaic”, while a couple of other reporters noted meals that were positively bad.
7. Bettys Afternoon tea restaurant in Harrogate 1 Parliament Street - HG1
“Betty’s is a real institution in Harrogate” of over a century’s standing, and as the home of “traditional afternoon tea at its best” these “quintessential” tea rooms are peerless (they are “masters of the art of making a visit memorable”). “Amazing cakes and pastries are made on the premises and served alongside a wonderful selection of teas”, in a “stunning” setting enlivened by a pianist tinkling away on the ivories in the background. “Thoughtful, delicious and with no unnecessary frills: this is Yorkshire through and through”. “You cannot book so turn up early”.
8. Drum & Monkey Fish & seafood restaurant in Harrogate 5 Montpellier Gdns - HG1
This “wonderful stalwart of Yorkshire dining” is, to its many fans, “a mainstay of any visit to Harrogate” for its fabulous fish and “attentive service”. Founded in 1971, it has been run for the past 10 years by the Carter family – under whose ownership it “never disappoints”.
9. Baltzersens Scandinavian restaurant in Harrogate
This “quirky café with wonderful cinnamon buns and waffles” offers a “real taste of Scandinavia in Harrogate”. It’s “very popular with yummy-mummies in the morning so can get a little loud, but you can buy all the baked goods from their shop just by the theatre”. Owner Paul Rawlinson’s Scandi restaurant Norse is still missed, five years after its closure.
10. Graveley’s Fish & Chip Restaurant Fish & chips restaurant in Harrogate 8-12 Cheltenham Parade - HG1
2021 Review: “A very traditional Yorkshire chippie” which doesn’t offer anything fancy but “just good fish ’n’ chips” (the former “huge and well-battered”, and “you can go for more exotic if you wish”); “a little tip – avoid early evening when the ‘pensioners’ special menu’ is served – it will be heaving!”
11. Orchid Pan-Asian restaurant in Harrogate 28 Swan Road - HG1
The “amazing pan-Asian food” has been a crowd-pleaser at this venue under the Studley Hotel for more than twenty years. “The room itself is perhaps a little drab, but boy the food is good” – “we’ve been coming for years and it still has the best Weeping Tiger we’ve ever eaten!”. “Pity the Sunday buffet has gone”, though.
12. Sasso Italian restaurant in Harrogate 8-10 Princes Square - HG1
Chef-owner Stefano Lancellotti and his wife Sara Ferguson celebrate the 25th anniversary of their highly rated restaurant this year. Named after his home town in Emilia Romagna, it brings an authentic taste of the region to Yorkshire – even the eggs are imported to create pasta as it should be.
13. Clocktower Restaurant, Rudding Park Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Harrogate Rudding Pk, Follifoot - HG3
Open from an early breakfast to dinner, the modern brasserie at this Georgian stately home near Harrogate wins solid ratings across the board. Afternoon tea can be taken in the Conservatory, while Horto restaurant next door provides the destination’s fine-dining option.
14. Horto Restaurant at Rudding Park British, Modern restaurant in Follifoot
2022 Review: This “lovely hotel” is so proud of its own produce that it named its main restaurant Horto, Latin for kitchen garden, and charged young head chef Callum Bowmer (who arrived for two weeks’ work experience in 2010 and never left) with the task of creating showcase menus from it. The resulting meals are “really enjoyable”.
15. The Malt Shovel British, Traditional restaurant in Brearton
2019 Review: A “consistently good” rustic-chic inn dating back to the 16th century; “the food is well-presented and flavoursome” and there’s a “warm welcome” to go with it (backed up by the roaring fire).
16. Starling restaurant in Harrogate 47 Oxford Street - HG1
“Terrific breakfast and brunch”, “excellent coffee”, “brilliant beers and pizzas, plus more healthy fare” – all win high praise for this “independent bar, café, kitchen”, which opened in 2016. “It’s a flexible haunt, and a great place to work too, with fab music!”
17. Paradise Café at Daleside Nurseries British, Modern restaurant in Killinghall Ripon Road - HG3
“Finally, Frances Atkins has opened a place to sample her exemplary cooking after the sad ending of the Yorke Arms as a ‘go-to’ destination”. Her legion of fans will be relieved to know it’s “an easy place to visit”, in a garden centre close to Harrogate. The first woman in the UK to earn a Michelin star, Frances has revived her Yorke Arms team of more than 20 years for the new project – chef Roger Olive and front-of-house manager John Tullett.
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