With Boris Johnson having spoken the magic words, we discover the freshest new restaurants you can dine inside or out, to help you catch up on a year’s worth of missed culinary experiences. You’re welcome.
Solita Food Hall
Off the back of a string of New York-style grill houses, the latest venture from Yorkshire hospitality brand Shoot the Bull recently opened its
doors at the former Jamie’s Italian on Harrogate’s Parliament Street. With indoor dining across two floors and an outdoor roof terrace
seating 60, the food hall will soon be open seven days a week with diners able to order from its growing range of street food vendors through a mobile app. Vendors include Rupert’s Coffee House; Cure & Pour, pairing cured meats with wines and rare spirits; Rotisserie & Grill, offering maple brined rotisserie chicken; and Slice Me Nicely, slinging “not-so-classic” pizza by the slice, alongside Solita’s own fish bar and burger joint, offering wagyu patties straight from the Yorkshire Wolds.
From the chef behind local fine dining ventures HOME and The Owl comes a new bakehouse and dining room on the banks of the River
Wharfe in Boston Spa. Elizabeth Cottam has pulled together a fully female team to offer patisserie-based breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
tasting experiences, alongside a selection of speciality bakes. The menu includes dishes such as truffle ciabatta with Pedro Ximénez sherry butter; black sesame and tangerine eclairs; and pear drop pies, each dish paired with its own wine or cocktail. When the sun is set to shine, it will open its books for picnic hamper pre-orders, complete with blankets, champagne, and a map to a riverside spot. Soon it aims to offer customers the full, dine-in experience, but until then, you can grab your all-day bakes from the retail counter.
The Queens Hotel has announced its hotly anticipated £16 million refurbishment will include Grand Pacific, an all-day restaurant and
bar from Living Ventures, which “aims to recreate the golden age of high society” when it launches this summer. The 100-cover restaurant,
private dining rooms and bar will offer global flavours fused with British classics, from dishes such as Asian spiced duck cottage pie and tempura Szechuan sea bass. Honouring the great British tradition of a Sunday roast, the restaurant will offer a “Classical Sunday Lunch” where guests can enjoy roast beef carved at their table accompanied by a live classical orchestra. While the afternoon tea menu offers bite-sized sweet treats matched with fragrant teas and Champagne cocktails with classics such as a Singapore sling sitting alongside newfound favourites such as its signature pineapple daquiri.
Oba Korean & Japanese Kitchen & Bar
Yorkshire’s biggest Korean and Japanese food retailer Hang Sing Hong has chosen The Merrion Centre in which to open its new multi-Asian
restaurant. This is the retailer’s first move into the restaurant sector with the launch of Oba Kitchen, a Korean cuisine concept alongside Japanese fusion in contemporary surroundings. Expect an authentic range of dishes including Korean pancakes, stir fries, traditional rice dishes and bibimpap. You’ll also be able to sip an extensive selection of Oba’s signature cocktails from a coconut sling, spiced rum mojito or almond expresso martini as you dine in Leeds Arena Quarter’s newest international eatery.