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How Grantley Hall is Taking Alfresco Dining To the Next Level

We’re booking all three of these super-stylish terraces, stat

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 14.04.2021

Grantley Hall has just launched its new looking alfresco dining programme this week* and we are beyond excited.

North Yorkshire’s superlative country house hotel will be reopening fully on 17th May, but until then we can enjoy a meal out with a difference on one of its incredibly Insta-worthy outdoor terraces. And don’t think we won’t.

Following the popularity of the Norton Courtyard and The EightyEight Terrace, Grantley Hall has extended its outdoors dining offering with the addition of a brand new, uber-stylish alfresco dining space, The Orchard. Opening on Friday 7th May, each and every space in The Orchard will be covered, heated and will offer a different, equally spectacular view of the hotel’s grounds and formal gardens, all set against the backdrop of the rolling countryside and Yorkshire Dales. Pretty epic, right?

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Let’s start with the newbie, then. The Orchard is really set to make a splash on the local outdoor dining scene, with the installation of a vintage Airstream set to be one of the main talking points. Here we’ll find a stylish, laid-back summer atmosphere where we can enjoy all-day drinking and dining with a difference.

Speaking of scran, diners can look forward to tucking into a selection of casual contemporary favourites – including warm sirloin steak salad, crispy chicken and flaked hot smoked salmon – all accompanied by a choice of seasonal cocktails and fine wines. Mouth watering? Check out the menu, here.

Located on Grantley Hall’s West Terrace, with views of the West Lawn towards the River Skell, The Orchard will be open every day from the end of April.


Daily: From midday until 11pm


It’s not just a brand new outdoor dining destination that has got us shouting about Grantley Hall. Their famed EightyEight Terrace has had a cheeky revamp for Spring, too.

Located next to the serene English Heritage-listed Japanese Garden, diners at The EightyEight Terrace can look forward to the vibrant Pan-Asian menu that has made this Ripon haunt a popular hotspot.

The creative dishes here offer a unique fusion of local Yorkshire produce and Far Eastern flavours. Look out for signature specialities such as slow braised rare breed pork, Tokyo turnip, curried greens and chilli oil; or miso glazed sea trout, sesame greens, crispy fried potato, nori butter shrimp and Korean fried cauliflower with chive aioli. Mouth watering yet? Thought so.

And that’s not all – the choice of innovative cocktails here is just as tantalising. Our fave? The Princess Momoko, which features award-winning Yorkshire gin at its base, along with floral jasmine, sweet peach and yuzu sake to create a light, delicate tipple that’s just that little bit too drinkable.


Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5pm–9pm for food; bar open until 11pm

Fridays and Sundays: 12pm–9pm for food; bar open until 11pm


Offering a British bistro-style menu which showcases local, seasonal delicacies from the surrounding Yorkshire countryside, The Norton Courtyard is one of our go-to dining destinations that delivers time and time again.

Signature dishes here include smoked salmon and Whitby crab; Waterford Farm pork fillet and belly with choucroute garnie, young turnips and pork jus; Grantley Fish ‘n’ chips with Black Sheep beer batter, caramelised lemon, pommes pont neuf and crushed peas; and (our personal fave) warm dark chocolate tart, made with 70% grand cru chocolate, chocolate dentelle, and milk ice cream.

And even if food isn’t on your evening agenda, there’s a tempting choice of cocktails here to tickle your tastebuds. We’re huge fans of the signature G&Ts, made with botanicals from Grantley Hall’s own kitchen garden and garnished with rosemary, dill, and edible flowers. (They look unreal on the gram too, just FYI).


Daily: 12pm–9pm for food; bar open until 11pm

What are you waiting for?

Pre-book your tables for alfresco dining at the one and only Grantley Hall by visiting their website, emailing [email protected] or over the phone on 01765 620070**

*in line with current UK government guidelines regarding the phased reopening of hospitality.

**Please note that table bookings will be based on the rule of six or two households, in accordance with current COVID guidelines.


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