The team behind Norse, the highly rated Scandi-inspired restaurant that piggy-backs in the evenings at a Harrogate café, has hit its target of raising £20,000 on kickstarter to help fund a move into permanent premises.
Norse is expected to move into the basement of the Studley Hotel in Swan Road – which has housed a restaurant for 30 years, most recently Wild and The Mirabelle, having reached the target within days of the campaign launch, a month ahead of the cut-off date.
The restaurant has won praise as “really exceptional” by the Harden’s Survey, with “plenty of surprises using seasonal ingredients (and the likes of goat, snails, etc)”.
Most unusually for a radical modern dining concept, it was founded by a former army officer, Paul Rawlinson, as an evening spin-off from his café Baltzersens, which serves standard Nordic staples such as pickled herrings and meatballs. Baltzersens is set to carry on as usual once Norse moves out.
Private funding accounts for £50,000 of the full £70,000 investment required for the move, which will allow Norse to serve lunches as well as offer more choice in the evening.