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Former Harrogate Arms pub to be converted into a café

The former Harrogate Arms pub is set to be converted into a café. RHS Garden Harlow Carr is hoping to open its new café in summer 2023.

The former Harrogate Arms pub is set to be converted into a café. RHS Garden Harlow Carr, which owns the old inn, is hoping to open its new café in the summer of 2023.

And they've asked students from Harrogate College to come up with a new, sustainable menu.

Harlow Carr grows plenty of fresh produce which will feature prominently in the new establishment’s dishes.

The Harrogate College group, who are being led by seven Level 2 Professional Cookery students, recently visited the site to be briefed on their task.

The initiative represents the start of a closer partnership between the college and Harlow Carr, who worked collaboratively to find the right project.

Harrogate College’s Cultural, Contemporary and Heritage Studies Programme Manager, Jason Parry, said:

“This is an exciting project that has a focus on sustainability and working with the produce grown on the site.

“It ticks so many boxes for us in terms of the college’s values and aspirations - sustainability, ‘food to fork’, carbon reduction and seasonality - along with menu and service design, work experience and responding to a client brief.”

[caption id="attachment_19865" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The Harrogate Arms, pictured in 1930.[/caption]

He added:

“The project will be followed up throughout the year with Harlow Carr, who will do a progress check with the students in January.

“Ultimately it will end up with the students giving a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to Harlow Carr staff, with small groups presenting their ideas around the menu, and the service, and showing how they have worked to meet the client’s brief.”

Harrogate College, as part of its wider drive to become a centre of green excellence, recently launched a Sustainability Pledge which sets out its commitment to becoming net zero carbon by 2030.

For more details on hospitality courses at the college click here.

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