Spring is nearly upon us, the crocuses are out on the Stray and the food, drink and hospitality venues in Harrogate and York are gearing up to reopen. Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours are starting to see a re-emergence of bookings starting to come in so roll on Summer 2021. We thought we would share some news about new additions coming to the food and drink scene in Yorkshire.
Many of you have already discovered the bao bun, a delicious, warm, fluffy treat of sweet white dough filled with anything from pork belly to pickled vegetables and a very popular dumpling related street food. I discovered them whilst ‘doing research’ on the Leeds Food Tour last year (it’s a tough job). Coming in June to the Shambles in York, is Bao, run by Phoebe and Suyin where you will be able to try them to your heart’s content. Phoebe is originally from Hong Kong but has been a resident of York for over ten years and her Little Bubble Box, selling bubble tea and bubble waffles is a very popular guest at many local food festivals and now you can get the same delights at Meow on Goodramgate in York, opened in January this year. There you go; bao buns, bubble waffles and bubble tea to try!
Those of you who have enjoyed our Vegan Tour of Harrogate will be familiar with one of our favourite restaurants in Harrogate: Papa’s Authentic Mediterranean Restaurant. A firm favourite with many in the town, not just for its delicious food but also for the warm welcome given by Olsi and his team and the great atmosphere. Its bar is also very popular and in fact, SO popular, this has led to the creation of Papitos, (Papa’s little sister) which will be opening soon in John Street, on the site of what was Zinc. This is working along with Papas so you can continue to enjoy the great welcome and atmosphere of Papas in wine bar form! We’ll be there!
Also coming to Harrogate soon is the Solito food hall. The Hull based company behind this, Shoot the Bull, already has restaurants around the North in Hull, Beverley, Manchester and York and are now coming to the building in the centre of Harrogate which used to be Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, and more recently, Wagyu. If you’re familiar with the building, it’s a big old place with a large roof terrace which can fit 60 people. It is going to be an indoor food hall with a number of street vendors and you will be able to takeaway or eat in. The roof terrace will be open from 12th April and the rest from 17th May, Boris permitting and it will be open 7 days a week!
If you’re visiting York or Harrogate, it is not just the food to enjoy. Both destinations are working hard behind the scenes to bring events back to life following the lockdown. York Theatre is gearing up to the Love Season- a series of plays embracing love in all its forms with a reduced capacity to allow a socially distanced audience. Harrogate too has uncovered plans to return the Nightingale hospital back to the Convention Centre and get back to offering a new programme of events. With great events like the Crime Writers Festival and the Fake Festival, not to mention the Harrogate Food and Drink Festival, the town is going to be bursting with life this year. Perfect destinations for a staycation this year!