Top Tips for Celebrating in Yorkshire in Style
Special occasions take many forms, from romantic weddings to welcome retirement. Maybe you’re celebrating a graduation or a lucrative promotion. Or perhaps it’s simply time to treat yourself, because you’ve earned it.
One of the best ways to celebrate any occasion is to get away from your normal routine and enjoy some luxury time – and North Yorkshire is an ideal location for an exceptional taste of luxury.
Harrogate and York are two spots where you can find stylish luxury accommodation in upmarket surroundings. One of the more popular choices for a romantic weekend away or family break is a luxury serviced apartment. Combining the flexibility of a self-catering apartment with the exceptional touches of a luxury boutique hotel, serviced apartments give you the freedom to dine in or out. Once you’ve checked into your luxury accommodation in North Yorkshire, you’ll want to get out and start enjoying what the location offers.
What better way to celebrate in style than to have a delectable meal at a top-notch restaurant? In Harrogate you’re truly spoilt for choice. Restaurant 92 offers an incredible eight-course taster menu, where you can sample delights such as black treacle glazed salmon with clam velouté. Incidentally, you might become a food critic for the evening, as they often ask guests to rate new items on the menu. If you enjoy great food in a more casual atmosphere, book a table at Norse. Their Scandinavian-influenced small plates embrace curing, pickling, dehydrating and fermenting. Enjoy an incredible fusion of flavours while listening to comforting folk music. Whichever cuisine you favour, Harrogate has something to suit your taste buds.
The famed Viking city of York is also an excellent choice for fine dining. Melton’s is one of York’s top restaurants serving modern British food at its best. Featuring in all the leading food guides, Melton’s has been awarded two AA rosettes, and a five from the Good Food Guide. Long before vegetarian and vegan food entered the mainstream, El Piano was quietly gaining momentum. Now considered one of York’s top restaurants (with a cookery school and cookbook), it serves award-winning, gluten-free vegan dishes including quinoa ‘meatloaf’ and dhal in coconut milk.
Experience the ‘Ah’ in Spa
One of the most enjoyable ways to destress from a go-go lifestyle is to indulge in a spa experience. An iconic landmark, the Harrogate Turkish Baths and Health Spa offers a unique way to unwind and improve your general wellbeing. Let the progressively hot rooms relieve muscle tension, before pampering yourself and your party with luxurious treatments. Try a bespoke facial to treat your skin, or the Turkish spa body ritual to revitalise and energise.
Prefer some ‘us-time’ in York? Signature Spa offers a fantastic range of pamper packages that are perfect to get you ready for celebrating that special occasion. Treatments are available for both men and women, and having four rooms means it’s ideal spot for couples to enjoy a spa experience.
A Different Way to Celebrate
If you like to celebrate a bit more unconventionally, why not organise a wine tasting? Ake & Humphris (Harrogate, Ripon and Collingham) offers a ‘Call My Bluff’ wine evening for up to ten guests, which is a fun way to learn more about fine wines. Or you could spend a delightful evening at the Yorkshire Heart Vineyard near York. The owners will show you round the different varieties, after which you can enjoy a tasting and dinner. Didn’t realise that North Yorkshire had its own vineyard? It’s full of wonderful surprises. Not into grapes? In beautiful Wensleydale lies the market town of Masham – home of Black Sheep Brewery. As well as offering tours of the brewery, they also have a bistro, shop, and visitor centre.
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