The Yorke Arms is currently undergoing refurbishment and the newly decorated bedrooms will open soon after the Michelin-starred restaurant. The Yorke Arms is known as a restaurant with rooms and is an 18th century coaching house. The original site dates back to the 11th century when it was a monastic cheesery and is found at the end of the Gouthwaite Reservoir by the river Nidd.
The Yorke Arms will offer a choice of two dining options: The Yorke Arms Restaurant by Frances Atkins and The Little Dining Room. The latter will be a relaxed dining experience, with The Restaurant showcasing Frances Atkins’ extraordinary dishes.
The menus at The Yorke Arms will continue to feature local suppliers and Atkins will use the produce she harvests from her kitchen garden, as she is a passionate promoter of British food.
Atkins said: “Jonathan’s deep-rooted love of Yorkshire, his style and panache are very infectious and it really struck a chord with me. He has a genuine enthusiasm to create something even more special here and we hit it off straight away. I am thrilled to be part of his new team as we set out to deliver new, exciting plans for The Yorke Arms.”
Turner added: “When I became aware that The Yorke Arms was up for sale, I knew I had to buy it! As a Yorkshireman, I could not bear the thought of someone from out of town buying it. I want it to remain a destination restaurant, with Frances at the helm and retain the Yorkshire heritage.”