Move Norse Restaurant to a new home in Harrogate

Simon Jewitt

Simon Jewitt

Head Chef 7th February 2017

Move Norse Restaurant to a new home in Harrogate

Norse is a restaurant service that offers Nordic influenced food in a relaxed environment. Since we opened in April 2014 we've been sharing a space with Baltzersen's cafe in the centre of Harrogate; they open during the daytime and Norse operates at nights.

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We always planned to make the restaurant a little different and a place that would spark interest and we were lucky to get a great review from Jay Rayner just 6 months after we opened.
Since then we've achieved listings in the Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide, were awarded 2 AA rosettes and have been runners up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards twice.
We are proud of being one of the leading restaurants in the Harrogate food scene and we like to spread the word about what is going on in our town.
We've represented Harrogate at the Leeds Indie Food Festival over the last two years with our 50 course dinner for 70 guests at Lamberts Yard in 2016 being one of the most popular events on the schedule.
We've agreed terms in advance on the lease at 28A Swan Road. It's been a restaurant since the mid-80s and most recently housed Wild and The Mirabelle.

The new venue opens up so many exciting avenues for the kitchen team to pursue.

The increased kitchen capacity means there will be more time for dish development and we won't have to restrict guests to a set menu. The menu is in development but we've included a draft below to give you an idea of what we have in mind.

It'll still be a reasonably tight seasonal menu but we'll be introducing sharing dishes to a range of smaller and larger plates.

We'll be able to serve lunch and have plans to create a really great value menu that will offer everyone a chance to come and try our food.

This move is about improving the experience for everyone that visits Norse.

We'll finally be able to solve some of the recurring areas for improvement that so many of you have listed on comments cards given at the end of meals.

Seating will be a combination of padded bench seating, comfortable chairs and cosy booths.

We'll have full climate control.

We'll have extra storage for wine as well as as the 'Winefit' preservation system meaning we'll be able to hold more bottles to offer by the glass.

We'll install special panels made from recycled plastic bottles to improve the acoustics in the restaurant.

There are so many more improvements, we can't list them all and they will keep on coming.