The Yorke Arms in Ramsgill, Harrogate is to reopen in July with a new look and a new partnership at the helm.
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.
The restaurant won a Michelin star in 2003 which it retained ever since.
Now the property will reopen its doors following a refurbishment, with the restaurant launching in July and bedrooms to follow later this year.
Suppliers for the new design have been kept as local as possible, with tweed from Abraham Moon, the last remaining vertical woollen mill in Great Britain, and silk from James Hare which started from a cottage in Leeds in 1865.
All the bedrooms will have an individual Yorkshire theme.
The Yorke Arms will offer 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 will showcase Atkins’ creative flair.
Atkins was the country’s first female chef to win a Michelin star, and she was all set for pastures new prior to Turner’s acquisition of Yorke Arms before his ‘deep-rooted love of Yorkshire’ struck a chord with the chef.
She adds: “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 is CEO of The Bayford Group and also owns Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire.
The property joins Turner’s stable of businesses, which span the property, hospitality and wedding sectors and include the Laudale Estate on Scotland’s west coast.
“When I became aware that The Yorke Arms was up for sale, I knew I had to buy it!” says Turner. “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.”