Brighter future for Carriages restaurant in Knaresborough

The survival of a much-loved Knaresborough restaurant appears to have been secured by a successful Leeds catering and restaurant business.

Monday, 8th June 2020, 11:14 am
Carriages in Knaresborough - Known for its good food and beer garden.

Customers of Carriages feared the worst earlier this year when the long-standing bistro-style restaurant and bar on the High Street shut its doors.

Known for its good food and beer garden famed for its live acoustic gigs during feva festival, in particular, it was for many years a family-run concern.

Even the best efforts to rescue the situation by its most recent owners David and Jo Straker of Harrogate's famous William and Victoria restaurant were not enough as it was forced to close in February.

Now Bears Pantry has announced it has moved into the premises and intends to reopen, possibly with the moniker 'The Bears At Carriages.'

The Leeds business, which is based in kitchen space at Sunnybank Mills in Farsley, was launched by founder Sam Pullan in his own kitchen at home in 2014 but grew rapidly.

In 2019 it opened Bear’s Den, a restaurant and bar based at Sunbridge Wells in Bradford.

No date has yet been announed for Carriages' reopening but the news has already been welcomed by customers and the Knaresborough Chamber of Trade.

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