The owners of The Yorke Arms have made the decision reopen the hotel as private hire only as current distancing guidelines make the restaurant financially unviable.
The 18th century restaurant with rooms was acquired in November 2017 by Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Turner, after being run by acclaimed chef Frances Atkins and her husband Bill since 1996. Atkins still runs the business under Turner’s ownership.
Now the team will run the 17-bedroom Yorke Arms as a private hire country house offering, with staff working ‘diligently’ to prepare for the new normal.
The living areas have been remastered and the dining room now a place for guests to eat together or set up as a board room or wedding ceremony room.
The Yorke Arms’ outdoor space has also been adapted and there are plans to reinstate the tennis courts.
Previously The Yorke Arms offered two dining options; The Yorke Arms Restaurant by Frances Atkins and The Little Dining Room.
Commenting on the new business, owner Jonathan Turner said, “The Yorke Arms has been a hostelry for over 100 years and the team are excited to move forward and ensure that legacy evolves and stays alive. Yes these are challenging times for all however we are determined not to let recent events prevent our guests from enjoying the enviable location and stunning interiors. This is Yorkshire. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and move on”.
Frances Atkins who has been the driving force behind the Yorke Arms for the last 22 years said, “With Jonathan’s entrepreneurial vision the Yorke Arms will go from strength to strength. The comfort and atmosphere lends itself to the new offering and we need to continually adapt in uncertain times. Guest best interests have to be first and foremost and they can totally relax with ease and enjoyment.”