Among the many places where the locals love to eat in Harrogate are centuries-old pubs, traditional diners and bistro-style restaurants. But you’ll also find award-winning Thai, Italian and Greek restaurants in this upmarket spa town, which is home to some of the UK’s most popular tea and confectionary brands.

    Whether you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, stock up on local meat and produce or fill up on hearty pub grub, there’s a restaurant for you in Harrogate. Broaden your culinary horizons by booking a table at these locally loved hotspots.

    1

    William & Victoria

    Treat yourself to the locals’ favourite Sunday lunch

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    William & Victoria is a family-run restaurant that celebrates Yorkshire’s homegrown meat and produce, serving traditional British dishes such as roast pork with crackling and a delicious Sunday lunch. Upstairs, there’s a spacious restaurant with an a la carte menu.

    Downstairs, you can an order a glass or 2 from the wine bar (which stocks over 70 labels) in a bistro-style diner. Yorkshire gins, cask ales and beers make for a spirited evening at William & Victoria. If you need a lunchtime bite, try local favourites like pan-fried seabass fillet, game casserole and butternut squash risotto from the daily set menu.

    Location: 6 Cold Bath Rd, Harrogate HG2 0NA, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 521510

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    Konak Meze Turkish Restaurant

    Eat traditional Turkish dishes in a bright and classy restaurant

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    Konak Meze Turkish Restaurant serves dishes inspired from the Ottoman Empire with a modern twist. You can enjoy chargrilled skewers, seafood favourites, and vegetarian dishes in the bright, classy interior or in the spacious outdoor dining area. To quench your thirst, try a coffee, grab a glass of fine wine or relax with a liquor.

    Local favourites include kuzu sis (lamb and pepper skewers) and izgara kofte (seasoned meatball patties), which come with sautéed potatoes and crispy salad. Head over for lunch to taste 3 meze dishes and a glass of house wine or soft drink at a reasonable price.

    Location: 11/13 Mount Parade, Harrogate HG1 1BX, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 10.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 500330

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    Farrah's Olde Sweet Shop

    Stock up on candy and famous Harrogate Toffee

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    Farrah's Olde Sweet Shop is the home of the Original Harrogate Toffee, which dates back to 1840. Gingerbread delights, chocolates, truffles, and hundreds of other British and continental sweets fill its shelves. You can also buy locally made butter fudge and a selection of old-fashioned sweets that have been enjoyed for decades.

    You’ll find Farrah’s Olde Sweet Shop in the Montpellier Quarter, an upmarket retail destination in the centre of Harrogate. Satisfy your sweet tooth by pairing hot cocoa (topped with marshmallows) with your choice of homemade cakes, scones or sandwiches at the onsite Palm Court Café.

    Location: 32 Montpellier Parade, Harrogate HG1 2TG, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 525266

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    Bettys Café Tea Rooms

    The home of Yorkshire Tea

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    At Bettys Café Tea Rooms, you can sip a cup of Yorkshire Tea directly from the source. Inside this historic tearoom, you can try modern blends of tea and coffee with Swizz influences. The range of craft cakes and confectionary items includes macaroons, fondant fancies and truffles. Try the Yorkshire parkin for a tasty example of traditional local cuisine.

    While it produces some of the UK’s most popular tea and coffee brands, you won’t find any Bettys Café Tea Rooms outside of Yorkshire. The café and shop are open daily – there’s no need to book in advance unless you want the traditional afternoon tea experience in the Imperial Room.

    Location: 1 Parliament St, Harrogate HG1 2QU, UK

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 814070

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    The Drum & Monkey

    Where the locals go for fresh, French-inspired seafood

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    • Luxury

    The Drum & Monkey has been a staple of Harrogate’s dining scene since 1971. Along with its French-inspired dishes, which includes freshly caught lobsters, oysters, king scallops and halibut, the restaurant offers a range of fine wines, champagnes and desserts like handmade ice-cream and sorbet. If you want to taste the local seafood, try the Nidderdale Trout.

    You don’t necessarily need to reserve a table, but we recommend booking in advance if you want to sit in the spacious and classy upstairs restaurant. For a more informal dining experience, grab a seat by the restaurant’s original bar downstairs.

    Location: 5 Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2TF, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from noon to 2 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from noon to 2 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 502650

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    Farm Bistro Oxford Street Harrogate

    British bites made from locally sourced ingredients

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    Farm Bistro Oxford Street Harrogate is a quirky and quintessentially British bistro-style diner, It uses locally sourced produce, meat and seafood to create hearty pies, traditional fish and chips, and steak-frites. The traditional Full English breakfast and Sunday lunch come highly recommended. For a lighter bite, try the meat and cheese platter or a simple bacon butty.

    Compliment your breakfast with a pot of quality loose-leaf tea, or couple your dinner with a locally brewed craft beer. Before you leave the homely atmosphere of Farm Bistro Oxford Street Harrogate, head upstairs to see the bakery, where you’ll find a range of homemade bread and confectionery.

    Location: First Floor, 1a Oxford St, Harrogate HG1 1PY, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 561758

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    Mykonos Bar & Grill

    Try authentic Greek dishes in a whitewashed setting

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    Mykonos Bar & Grill brings authentic Greek cuisine and culture to the centre of Harrogate. This restaurant specialises in meze dining, with dishes such as beef stifado, vegetarian moussaka and salmon with Mykonos rice being local favourites. You can either sit outside, in the spacious restaurant area or by the quiet bar upstairs, all decorated to mirror the festive spirit of Mykonos Island.

    You can expect to pay around £20 for a meat, seafood or vegetarian meze, though delicious mains from the a la carte menu can cost as little as £10. Compliment your meal with a Greek coffee for the full Mediterranean experience.

    Location: 4 Mayfield Grove, Harrogate HG1 5HB, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 4.30 pm to 10 pm, Friday from 4.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Saturday from noon to 10.30 pm, Sunday from noon to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 565151

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    Sukhothai Harrogate

    A top-rated Thai restaurant with takeaway options

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    Sukhothai Harrogate boasts a contemporary interior balanced with traditional Thai art. On its menu, you’ll see award-winning, authentic Thai dishes, including spicy favourites such as tom yum (spicy soup) and som tum (papaya salad) There are also plenty of vegetarian options and famous street food available.

    A 3-course meal from the set menu offers great value for money. From Mondays to Thursdays between 5 pm and 6.30 pm, you can enjoy 2 delicious courses from the fixed price menu. Every month, the chef prepares a unique menu to reflect seasonal availability, so don’t forget to check out the specials.

    Location: 17-19 Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DD, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 5 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 500869

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    Harrogate Farmers Market

    Feast on street food while shopping for local produce

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    The Harrogate Farmers Market is a great place to purchase locally grown, reared and caught produce, meat and seafood. Almost all stalls at this monthly market are operated by local farmers, meaning you can learn about the region’s agricultural heritage while browsing fresh food items. When your legs need a rest, grab a tasty bite from a food stall.

    The Harrogate Farmers Market takes place on Cambridge Street on the second Thursday of every month. The stalls remain open until 4 pm, but we recommend arriving in time for lunch before the shelves start to empty.

    Location: Cambridge Street, Harrogate, UK

    Open: Second Thursday of every month from 9 am to 4 pm

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    Hales Bar

    Enjoy British classics and local real ales in Harrogate’s oldest pub

    • Food
    • Couples
    • History
    • Nightlife

    The story of Hales Bar begins in the early 18th century, when Harrogate emerged as a leading spa town in Britain. As the town’s oldest pub, it has retained many of its original features, such as wooden roof beams and a gas-lit saloon bar. You’ll see British classics like giant Yorkshire puddings and freshly prepared sandwiches on the menu. Drinks include international lagers, cocktails and a range of locally brewed real ales.

    Please bear in mind that Hales Bar is closed from Mondays to Wednesdays. You might want to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you want to dine in the restored Vaults Bar.

    Location: 1-3 Crescent Rd, Harrogate HG1 2RS, UK

    Open: Thursday–Friday from 3 pm to 11 pm, Saturday from noon to 11 pm, Sunday from noon to 10 pm (closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1423 725570

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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