Jonathan Walker owner of Gambaru Fitness
Jonathan Walker owner of Gambaru Fitness

Gambaru to open new urban café


Gambaru Gym in Harrogate is expanding and set to open an urban café.

A year after extending to 24 hour opening, Gambaru Fitness have acquired the former Thai Pavilion on Station Parade, soon to be the home of Harrogate’s healthiest Urban Café, and a brand new reception for the gym.

This expansion also triggers a cascade of improvements to the gym including a new fixed weights area, a larger Ladies only section, new spinning room, new matwork area, new Ladies changing rooms and expanded and refurbished Men’s changing facilities. In addition as a clear indication of how they see their future, the new Gambaru will boast an upgraded treatment centre and two seminar rooms for personal development programmes and meetings.

The two floor urban café will showcase urban design at its best, with the corner site taken back to its original brickwork, timber ceilings and steel beams. But if the environment is a feast for look and feel, its food will be a celebration for the palate and good health. There’s no need to scour the menu for something that’s good for you, it’s all good, from delicious breakfasts through to early evening snacks.

Jonathan Walker owner of Gambaru Fitness said:

Our name stands for being the ‘best you can be’, and this takes us to the next level. Living a healthy life isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s about diet, nutrition, and personal development. Many members see Gambaru as their 3rd place where home is 1st and work is 2nd – this expansion adds depth to that and introduces more customers to our ethos.

This latest expansion caps a fantastic year for Gambaru. Shortly after expanding to 24 hours, they opened a Ladies only section, and then in the spring launched their own charity, the ‘Adversity Awards’ recognising young people using sport to overcome social, physical or learning difficulties.


Jonathan said:

We are all about community and as an independent business, it’s so important we put something back. The Adversity Awards was the most inspiring and humbling night of my life, and next year we’re working with North Yorkshire Sport to grow them across the county. This expansion again endorses our message that we’re more than ‘just a gym’ and healthy food is an obvious area for us to grow into. We talk about nutrition every day so it makes sense to share that passion with a broader base.

Walker’s business partners are his sister and brother in law, Harrogate restaurateurs Nicola & Mick Triffitt, who own the Cattlemen’s, The Damn Yankee and Salsa Posada.


Mick Triffitt said:

It’s all about the magical mix of taste and substance. Establishing Gambaru’s snack range last year gave us a solid base, and Gambaru’s full-time nutritionist Lydia Reece has helped us craft a menu that stretches the boundaries.

We can’t wait to build a name for great food in a stunning location, and for ‘coffee lovers’ we’ll add another unique venue to the Harrogate independent’s map.

Pulling it all together is Mike Pywell. The Harrogate based Life Coach and Business Development Consultant can’t speak too highly of Jonathan Walker’s determination to build Gambaru into a premier brand.


Mike said:

In 25 years as a business consultant Jonathan is the best business owner I’ve worked with. He has a clear vision of what he wants and never stops investing in his core offer.

The new Gambaru reception opens up in December. Their Urban Café will officially open in the New Year.


Jonathan Walker owner of Gambaru Fitness outside the new development

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