Helmsley boutique’s restaurant gets new identity


The new name for the restaurant at the Feversham Arms Hotel in Helmsley was left in the hands of its guests after a competition was launched to find its new identity.

The Yorkshire boutique invited customers to send over their suggestions for the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, and guests took to social media to share their thoughts before the final name was chosen by head chef Norman Mackenzie and general manager Charles Merchie.

The winning choice was from Bill Taylor who suggested the name The Weathervane after visiting the Feversham Arms and remembering the distinctive weathervane on the roof in the restaurant.

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Aside from the new name, it will remain business as usual in the kitchen, which is headed up by head chef Normal Mackenzie who was recognised as a Master Chef of Great Britain in June last year and became accepted into the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Mackenzie is looking forward to giving the food a new identity eventually too.

“Currently dinner is the main focus in our restaurant where we offer a six course tasting menu or three course á la carte dinner,” he said. “We also have our infamous cheese trolley and a huge variety of top quality wines, which we can pair for you to each dish.

“We also offer afternoon tea and in the summer months we extend out onto our poolside Mediterranean terrace for lunch time dining with a difference.

“Our menus have a local focus and are heavily influenced by seasonal produce that is available locally, through suppliers or even through foraging for it ourselves.”

General manager, Charles Merchie, thanked everyone who had entered the competition.

“We had some fantastic entries and it took us a lot longer to choose the winner than we first anticipated. Now we are looking forward to getting the name over the door and letting everyone know our restaurant is called The Weathervane.”