British, Modern Restaurants in Harrogate
1. 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.
2. 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) serves a multi course tasting menu with an optional wine pairing “a very pleasant experience with some great flavours”.
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. 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.
5. 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”.
6. 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.
7. 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”.
8. 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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