5 places we can’t wait to go inside

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With recent weather not proving particularly welcoming for outdoor drinkers and diners, the impending easing of lockdowns on 17 May will be welcomed by the hospitality industry. So once again we’ve pulled together some of the places we’re most excited to visit next week and beyond as we move towards a great British summer.

Mowgli – Sheffield and Leeds
The Leeds venue only opened last year and during eat out to help out you’d be hard pressed to find a table. Now as lockdown lifts we’re hoping to stop by the Nisha Katona’s two Yorkshire sites for some working lunches whether over a Tiffin box or a heavenly mix of Yoghurt Chat Bombs, Monkey Wrap and….well we can’t pick, the whole menu has our mouth-watering.


Lucia – Harrogate
Whatever your tastes, we think it’s hard to beat good Italian cuisine and when that is paired with “mind blowing” cocktails what’s not to love. Lucia’s flagship site is in Harrogate and is situated over three floors oppose the convention centre. Whether you’re in the mood for a slow cooked beef shin and saffron risotto, a pizza or something off the restaurant’s vegan menu like the Le Veneziane gnocchi which is cooked with tenderstem broccoli, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers in a tomato and basil sauce, there’s something for everyone.


Forest at Galtres Lodge Hotel – York
Forest, the restaurant at the independently owned Galtres Lodge Hotel which is located at the heart of York reopened like many in April with a new outside dining space, called the Secret Garden. However as restrictions continue to ease it will be reopening its inside space, offering more people the chance to enjoy its spring menu which features options ranging from the “Whole Yorkshire Hog” for starter, to the “Whitby & Bridlington Crab Thermidor” for the main course. Each dish is prepared using locally sourced ingredients – including fish and meat from The Shambles market, which is just a few steps away.


Harvey Nichols 4th floor – Leeds
The Fourth Floor Brasserie at Harvey Nichols reopened for alfresco dining last month and managed to bring its delicious cuisine into our homes over lockdown through its HN@Home but we have to admit we’re looking forward to enjoying some of its delicious seasonal cuisine. We’ve had a tip off that the new menu will include burrata, avocado and tomato salad, with a honey and truffle dressing as well as pan fired cod loin with creamed potatoes, ratatouille, black olive cream, sun blush tomato sauce and pesto dressing.


The Orchard at Grantley Hall – Ripon
Now new lockdown restrictions may mean alfresco dinning is the only option available at Grantley Hall, which also boasts the Michelin star winning Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall and the pan-Asian restaurant EightyEight, but if the sun is shining what could be better than enjoying The Orchard. Set in a sailcloth marquee with stunning views overlooking the manicured gardens of the West Lawns it will offer a host of dishes but we’ve been recommended the spiced crispy chicken with black fig, cucumber, honey and mango or the roast spiced sea bream with courgette and fennel slaw, tabbouleh. and charred lemon.