Lynne Coates enjoys lunch in The Orchard | Grantley Hall’s newest dining venue

Lynne Coates enjoys lunch in The Orchard | Grantley Hall’s newest dining venue

With a motto ‘the difference is in the detail’ – Grantley Hall has that rare combination of traditional elegance, state-of-the-art facilities and a picturesque location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

This super-luxury hotel and wellness retreat is located ten miles from Harrogate, in the heart of beautiful Yorkshire countryside. A sweeping driveway through the immaculate gardens leads to the entrance of the hotel where, Bentleys, Ferraris and other exotic cars are parked. Lesser motors can use the car park!

Despite the obvious grandeur of the hotel, once through the doors the staff are very welcoming and it’s hard not to be impressed by the beauty of the décor. The reception rooms are exquisitely furnished, each having their own distinctive character. The hotel has forty seven rooms and suites, a state of the art spa and a luxury gym. There are four indulgent restaurants (including Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall), and five stunning bars.

Dining is always an event at Grantley Hall, and I was delighted to be invited to experience the chic new outdoor Orchard restaurant set within a stunning sailcloth marquee that fits dreamily into the gorgeous setting of Grantley’s West terrace. One of three alfresco restaurants at Grantley, this one has a very laid-back ambiance, with potted trees festooned with lights, creamy sofas with faux fur throws, and the softest turquoise blankets, just in case it blows cold. But that’s not all – peek through the side of the marquee and you can watch the chef creating mouth-watering dishes from a retro Airstream – now that’s cool!

The menu offers an interesting variety of dishes, with daily specials such as Lobster. To start we shared a plate of delicious hummus served with the crispiest chargrilled flat breads. I ordered the roasted squash, with lentils, tahini, za’atar and aged feta. The flavours were sensational. In fact it was definitely up there as one of the best veggie dishes I have ever had.

My other half had the roast spiced sea bream with courgette and fennel slaw, tabbouleh and charred lemon. So tasty and perfectly cooked, it was accompanied by a generous side order of French fries – I helped out with those! Really too full for desert, we couldn’t resist a tempting crème brȗlée served with Amaretti biscuit. There was, as you might expect, a good choice of Champagnes, Cocktails and Mocktails. We chose a very nice New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which paired with the food perfectly.

With foreign travel undergoing so many changing restrictions this summer, staycations are a good option, and Grantley Hall offers the perfect luxury escape we are all craving. Attracting international clientele as well as UK visitors, it is undoubtedly one of Yorkshire’s finest hotels. If you live near enough for a day out this summer, then it’s a great place to meet friends for a leisurely alfresco lunch, afternoon tea in the Main Hall, or dinner in one of the superb restaurants – definitely worth dressing up for! For information, hotel and dining reservations visit:

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