New-look William & Vic restaurant reopens

By Graham Chalmers

Sunday, 29th March 2015, 9:45 am
William & Victoria.
William & Victoria.

Quintessentially Harrogate, quintessentially British, Williams & Victoria has reopened after being closed for more than a month for a sprightly refurbishment.

Downstairs at the town’s most famous restaurant and wine bar reopened more than a week ago - and has already had customers tweeting about how successful the new look is.

Meanwhile, owners Johanna and David Straker were busily working last week in a final push to ensure the upstairs area was open for the weekend, too.

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Located at Cold Bath Road in the heart of Harrogate close to the Montpellier Quarter, one diner tweeted the following: “Gorgeous lunch @Will_and_Vics as always. Nice to see the character has remained through the changes ;)”

Renowned for working closely with local suppliers to source local seasonal produce, one innovation brought in with the freshen-up is likely to prove popular - for the first time ever William & Victoria will be open on Easter Monday.

Speaking personally, from what I’ve seen, it’s a sympathetic refurbishment, welcoming in a little light of the modern world while retaining all the warm welcome and charm of the traditional style which helped make W&V such a Harrogate institution in the first place.

Originally opened in the 1970s as the town’s very first wine bar, William & Victoria has been owned and run with huge success by the Straker family for more than 20 years.

Even a new a staircase leading to the more spacious bar and restaurant upstairs doesn’t seem to have disturbed its traditional equilibrium.