Weekender: Tearoom and cafe opens at luxury lodges development

A brand-new café and tearoom has opened at Hollicarrs Holiday Park at Escrick, between York and Selby.

Millers Tea Room Hollicarrs officially opened its doors late last month, ready for the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Charlie Forbes Adam, proprietor of the Escrick Park Estate, which owns Hollicarrs, commented: “This is a tremendously exciting initiative. The opening of the wonderful new café is another important chapter in the Hollicarrs story.

“It follows hard on the heels of the launch of our Lawley luxury lodges development earlier in the year, building on the success of our first two phases at Hollicarrs, Wenlock and Harts Nook.

“The café, which is run by Paul Blanshard of Millers, will be a great asset for Hollicarrs holiday home owners, and visitors alike.

“But it will also be a valuable boost to tourism in the York and Selby area, as cafes on the A19 south of York are few and far between.”

Blanshard said: “My wife Alice and I already own and run two thriving tea rooms at holiday lodge parks at Raywell and Heron in East Yorkshire. On the back of this, we were contacted by Hollicarrs and asked to do something similar.

“I’m so pleased to have been approached by people that love what we do. We have what I believe is the winning formula, great chefs and bakers, brilliant waiting staff and a value for money menu that doesn’t break the bank.

“It goes without saying that we will be observing strict safety measures because of Covid-19.

“For example, we have a very popular sharing afternoon tea which is on hold at the moment due to the pandemic, but it will be back when it is safe.”

Millers Tea Room is open from 9am to 5pm from Mondays to Saturdays inclusive and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Meanwhile, the rise of the UK staycation, as a result of COVID-19, has meant the Lawley Lodges development at Hollicarrs, comprising 42 luxury holiday pitches, has experienced “an excellent spell” since lockdown restrictions were eased.

Forbes Adam explained: “We have already sold three lodges since June, which the new owners can then make available for hire when they are not using them themselves. As a result, all these lodges are booked up until Christmas.

“As life returns to something like normal, we expect more sales at Lawley, as many people are not planning to go abroad any time soon. The staycation is here to stay.”