The town of Harrogate offers a pastoral North Yorkshire atmosphere that draws visitors who want to experience the area’s history, culture and natural beauty. Over the years a tourist industry has grown in Harrogate, centering on the town’s ancient springs that have become famous over the world as healing spas.
Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a night out on the town at any of the multiple eateries that are scattered throughout the area. There are simple cafes and coffee shops, ethnic eateries and well-known restaurants whose reputations precede them.
Regardless of whether you are in Harrogate to experience the spas, explore the area or just enjoy some quiet relaxation and online casino entertainment you can find an eatery that suits your budget and your taste.
Some of the best eateries in Harrogate include:
The Bakery Baltzeren is a new coffee shop/café/bakery located at 2 Garrick Buildings on Springfield Farm in Kettlesing in Harrogate. The Bakery offers breads, pasteries and drinks, both on-site and via delivery. ‘Bakeri Baltzersen’ was inspired by the Scandinavian diet where bread is a featured part of every meal.
The bakery, which opened recently, produces rye, sourdoughs and ciabattas along with traditional yeasted white and granary style rolls and loaves along with pastries such as skolebrod, cinnamon buns, cheese swirls, bollers croissants and pecan pull-aparts. Everything is made with organic flours.
The Fat Badger Grill — White Horse Hotel
The White Horse’s house restaurant, the Fat Badger Grill, is located on the grounds of the White Horse Hotel on North Street in Harrogate close to the Workhouse Museum and the Police and Prison Museums. The restaurant features an a la carte menu of classic British food which is prepared with an emphasis on flavor and a modern twist.
Everything is cooked simply from fresh, premium ingredients. Favored dishes include Pressed Duck Terrine and Hot and Sour King Prawns for starters, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Homemade Fish Cakes for main courses and a wide variety of side dishes including multiple types of pizza.
The desserts are a highlight of a dining experience at the Fat Badger Grill with choices that include Sticky Toffee Pudding, Coconut Rice Pudding, White Chocolate Cheesecake and a Cheeseboard of local cheeses.
Ming Chef features a wide range Chinese dishes made with the freshest meat, herbs, sauces and wheat and rice noodles. Located on Springfield Rd in Darlington, 12 miles south of Harrogate, Ming Chef offers the option of on-site dining or take-away meals.
Specialty dishes include Hong Kong style dishes, sweet and sour dishes, tomato dishes, pineapple dishes, egg foo yung dishes, Chop suey dishes, curry dishes and cashew nut dishes. For diners who wish there are also English and omlette dishes such as roast chicken, mixed grill and liver and onions.
White Heifer That Traveled
The White Heifer That Traveled Pub, on John Fowler Way in Darlington, is known for serving great pub food along with cool, crisp drinks. The pub is a family establishment that treats its customers to genuine British dishes such as sausage & mash, cod & chips and the famous Cluck & Moo burger.
There’s a Gammon Steak dish for those with big appetites and pizza or chicken dippers for the kids. Top off that dining delight with some wine or a cocktail. Sunday diners will be treated to the White Heifer’s famous Sunday roast.
The Greggs coffee shop, located on Darlington Road in Darlington, is the perfect place to pop in if you’re looking for a light sandwich, salad or soup. There are various types of porridges omlette, sausage and bacon dishes available for breakfasts along with baked goods, drinks snacks and Greggs’ famous pastas and tea sandwiches. Diners can visit the shop and eat on site, make an order and pick it up or order a delivery.
The Sukhothai is an authentic Thai restaurant where the food is served in a sleek and contemporary style amidst an intimate atmosphere where stunning traditional artwork is featured. Highlighted dishes include scallops, papaya salad, prawn noodles, hot green curry with beef, pad prik gang, khow kreb tod Thai prawn crackers, cab moo crispy pork, tua wasabi and phed krob duck. Best of all are the prices which are moderate and affordable.
Farm Bistro on Oxford Street highlights the produce of the Yorkshire region with options of seafood and meat dishes and options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free customers. The menu features a wide variety of dishes, all served in plentiful portions amidst the restaurant’s rustic décor.
The baked beans are homemade and the crispy kale with free range poached eggs and the mushroom and tomato open face sandwich are especially noteworthy.
William and Victoria
William & Victoria is situated on Cold Bath Road between Harrogate town centre and Valley Gardens. Customers can look forward to a dining experience that features genuine British cuisine. Some of the featured dishes include devilled lambs kidneys, chicken liver pate, duck salad, venison, smoked salmon, chicken tikka masala, seared tuna and butternut squash risotto. There’s also a Sunday menu of beef sirloin, chicken breast, shepard’s pie and Yorkshire pudding.
Ivy Harrogate Brasserie
The Ivy Harrogate can be found in central Harrogate on Parliament Street. The eatery focuses on serving seasonal menus that have a modern British dishes alongside Ivy classics and internationally-inspired dishes.
The restaurant opens daily for lunch and stays open through dinner with, offering a vegan and vegetarian menu alongside the traditional Ivy Harrogate offerings. Brunch is served on weekends and all means have the option for cocktails. Dining areas include the main restaurant, the bar and the terrace garden.