New restaurant The Claret shuts up shop - but there’s better news in Brearton

Jurg Bleiker.
Jurg Bleiker.

THERE’s sad news for Montpellier Hill in Harrogate with the closure of The Claret.

The restaurant, which opened relatively recently, was a venture by D’Arcy Bleiker - a member of the Bleiker culinary dynasty which currently spans the Malt Shovel in Brearton and Bleikers Smokehouse.

They once showed a Harrogate Advertiser reader how to make his own bacon, for which we’ll be forever in their debt.

And with the bad news of The Claret’s demise comes something more positive. Bleiker patriarch Jurg, who did a stint front-of-house in D’Arcy’s absence, has headed back into the kitchen as his son returns to the fold.

It coincides with a revamped menu dishes include a starter of queenie scallops with leeks, bacon and Gruyère, and a main of wild mushroom ravioli with white truffle oil and a pequilo sauce - though regular favourites like devilled kidneys and Wienerschnitzel, and the daily fish specials, remain on the menu.

And if you like a bit of show with your dinner, an opera evening this coming Monday (March 26) will bring a bit of The Claret to Brearton, with performances from soloists D’Arcy and his wife Anna.