Canvas trending: How Harrogate cafes, restaurants and bars are going under cover to meet lockdown rules

Some of Harrogate and Knaresborough’s cafes, restaurants and hotels have pulled out all the stops to entice customers into enjoying an outdoor life - even though summer is nearly seven weeks away.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 12:57 pm
Food and drink outdoors as part of Boris Johnson's roadmap - The impressive beer garden at The Bear at Carriages in Knaresborough. (Picture Gerard Binks)

From William & Victoria to Caffe Marconi, Cafe M at the Victoria Shopping Centre and Hustle & Co cafe on Station Parade, The Bear at Carriages in Knaresborough to Sasso restaurant in Harrogate, suddenly canvas and/or umbrellas are appearing everywhere.

The Cedar Court Hotel has its ‘Tipi on the Stray’ for people to meet, socialise and eat and drink.

Life under canvas - John Porritt serves drinks and cakes at the Caffe Marconi in Harrogate as lockdown rules ease. (Picture Gerard Binks)

The Yorkshire Hotel boasts its eye-catching rural recreation of Brimham Rocks at its pop-up restaurant at the front.

The Fat Badger bar has turned into Podville, turning the space on the top deck of its car park s into a beer garden, complete with 15 pods under cover.

Meanwhile, the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa has launched The Majestic Champagne Terrace and Gin Lawn.

Building on the success of last summer’s ‘Teepee on the Terrace’ and the ‘Winter Teepee’, this Harrogate hotspot is inviting visitors to enjoy drinks overlooking the Victorian manor’s sprawling grounds and wide lawns.

A new partnership with local distillery Harrogate Tipple will mean there are plenty of refreshing gin cocktails to sample, or alternatively visitors can toast to being together with crisp flutes of Moet.

A brand-new Terrace menu at The Majestic Champagne Terrace and Gin Lawn will offer a variety of treats, from brunches and picnic boxes to fully-blown traditional afternoon teas.

It’s not been quite ‘Costa del Harrogate’ but its given parts of the town a real continental flavour, perhaps a pointer to how the town centre may survive and prosper in the future in these uncertain times.

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