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11th June 2010

The Grange Hotel yesterday (8th June) opened its new Restaurant, The New York Grill.  As the name suggests the restaurant specializes in steaks & grills with the menu featuring 7 different cuts of steak ranging from an 8oz rump at £12.95 to a Cote de Boeuf for 4 people at £68.00. There are also delicious burgers, salads and fish dishes and popular dishes such as sausage & mash, fish cakes, warm chicken salad, Caesar salad and honey glazed spare ribs.

Situated in the hotel’s historic brick vaulted cellars the ambience is relaxed and informal with friendly and efficient, but not intrusive service. Black and white photos of New York decorate the pastel toned walls, soft music plays in the background and there’s a sophisticated yet relaxed feel to the restaurant.  

With moderate prices and open to residents and non-residents for lunch and dinner 7 days a week this new restaurant is bound to be a big success. 

42” tv screens have been installed so diners can also watch the Football World Cup whilst relaxing over a meal and drink with friends.

 “I am delighted to see the opening of The New York Grill.  Says George Briffa, The Grange Hotel’s General Manager.  “York needs a great steak house and we are sure our new restaurant will be very popular with both local residents and our hotel guests.

It will complement our AA 2 Rosette Ivy Restaurant very nicely and it’s good to give our guests a choice of dining venues”.

Lyndsey Harrison, Assistant Manager at The Grange adds “It is very exciting to be launching The New York Grill.  We will soon be introducing special evenings such as start the weekend with “Friday Champagne Evening”

14th April 2010

Harrogate’s Rudding Park hotel has been awarded the title of ‘Number One Hotel in the UK’ in the 2010 TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice Awards which honour the world’s finest hotels.

The prestigious accolade, which now puts the North Yorkshire hotel at sixth in the top ten luxury hotels of the world, is based solely on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travellers gathered on the travel guide website www.tripadvisor.com TM. 

Favouring Yorkshire over London, world travellers gave Rudding Park its distinctive place in the UK and world rankings despite fierce competition from luxury hotels the world over.  To boot, no other London, or major UK city, has appeared in this year’s top 25 UK hotels listing. 

The title is the third TripAdvisor® win for the hotel after it was placed in the ‘Top 30 Best Luxury Hotels’ award in 2008 and 2009.

Simon Mackaness, chairman of Rudding Park, said: “This is a phenomenal achievement and I am delighted that Rudding Park is favoured so highly among our guests.

“To be voted number one in the UK and to be rated number six among the world’s best hotels is an accomplishment we have aspired to since purchasing Rudding Park 30 years ago.  When creating our development strategy, we have always strived to provide the best service and guest care possible.  I would like to thank everyone who has helped to bring Rudding Park such astounding recognition.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This fantastic result for Rudding Park is a shining example of Yorkshire’s quality tourism offer.  This is recognition from those who count, our visitors. Congratulations to everyone at Rudding Park who work with us to strengthen Yorkshire’s place as the UK’s number one destination.”

The height of luxury
Rudding Park’s TripAdvisor® achievement comes after a string of industry award wins throughout 2009 which propelled the hotel to the forefront of luxury hotel accommodation in the UK. Highlights include winning ‘Housekeeper of the Year’ for Rachael Park, head housekeeper, at the Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s Hotel Cateys and the hotel’s consultant chef, Stephanie Moon, won the ‘Champion’ title at the deliciouslyorkshire Awards, which both took place in November last year. Rudding Park was also awarded ‘Hotel of the Year’ at the Yorkshire Life Food and Wine Awards in October.

Over the years, numerous special guests have stayed at Rudding Park including Bill Clinton, George Bush Snr, Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and John Cleese.

11th December 2009


The Grange Hotel in York is delighted to be included in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in the World.

The Grange, an elegant country house hotel located within a few minutes’ walk of York Minster, is well established as one of the top hotels in York and is regarded as one of the finest hotels in England.

To be amongst the world’s top 100 is a real tribute to the privately owned award winning hotel. Other hotels included are The Connaught in London, the Post Ranch Inn in California, and the Hermitage Bay, Antigua.

The Grange is a classic Grade ii listed property built in the 1830s.  It was bought by Jeremy and Vivien Cassel in 1989, at which time the building was virtually derelict, and converted into a luxury hotel, opening for business in 1990.

Fabulous antique oil paintings, period piece furnishings, rich drapes, deep comfy sofas and roaring fires can be found throughout the hotel.  All 36 bedrooms are individually furnished and designed.  Six new bedrooms have separate walk-in showers and waterproof 17” LCD televisions at the foot of the double ended baths

6th November 2009

The Grange Hotel in York is the perfect place to spend Christmas. Centrally located just a few minutes walk from medieval York Minster, the city centre shops and tourist attractions this hotel has it all. Originally home to a wealthy York family, it’s a beautifully restored award winning Regency town house where first class service, luxury accommodation and exquisite food are guaranteed. During December the ambience in the hotel is truly enchanting - traditional decorations, a 21 foot pine tree, open roaring fires, and the gentle sound of traditional carols in the background all create a magical atmosphere.

The three night Christmas package has many highlights including afternoon tea on arrival, carols around the tree with the choir of St Peter’s School. Founded in AD627 this is one of the oldest schools in the country and can claim Guy Fawkes as one of its pupils. There’s also a private tour of York Minster with the Chamberlain himself, lunch at the historic timber framed Black Swan Inn, a real masterpiece of bygone medieval craftsmanship and a ghost walk to discover York’s hidden and blood chilling history. Superb meals in the Hotel’s Ivy Brasserie and informal Cellar Bar are also included.  Prices start from £438.50 per person, based on two sharing.

6th November 2009

The Grange Hotel is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Birch as Head Chef.

Andrew joins The Grange Hotel following the recent departure of James Brown who, after a very successful run of 4 years has moved on.

Originally from Swansea in South Wales, Andrew’s experience has been gained at some of the best high calibre establishments.  He trained at James and Chris Tanner’s Restaurant in Plymouth. 

Andrew has also worked with highly acclaimed Michelin 2 star Chef Martin Burge at the multi award winning Whatley Manor in Malmesbury.  This AA 5 Red star Inspectors Choice Hotel is clearly one of the country’s top establishments which the AA has also awarded 4 rosettes for the standard of cuisine and dining.

On joining The Grange Andrew says “I’m passionate about using as much of Yorkshire’s huge variety of top quality produce as I possibly can.  We have some of the country’s best producers right on our doorstep so why not utilise them.  The Grange already supports local suppliers but I’m keen to increase this as much as possible to cut down on food miles but also to make the most of what the Yorkshire region has to offer.  I am very passionate about letting the food speak for itself so don’t like to play around with it too much and just enhance the natural flavours of the best produce I can source in Yorkshire.”

1st October 2009

The Grange Hotel was delighted to play host to the DB7 owners “Destination Yorkshire” gathering over the weekend of 5th – 7th June 2009.  The Aston Martin DB7 is reputedly the most successful model ever made by Aston Martin and it is considered by many to be the most beautiful.  The car is truly a masterpiece combining great elegance with extreme power and speed.

“At one stage there were 25 Aston Martin DB7s in the car park at the hotel.
The combined value of which must have been getting on for nearly one million pounds. They certainly made an impressive sight.  This is not the first group of prestigious cars we’ve had at the hotel.  Last year we welcomed a gathering of owners of vintage Frazer Nash sports cars. ” says Amie Postings the Grange Hotel’s General Manager.

During the weekend the party of approximately 52 guests from all over the country, enjoyed an exclusive dinner in The Grange Hotel’s elegant Library & Drawing Room and an excursion on Sunday into the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, with the cars travelling in convoy.  The group headed off home on Monday morning.

27th August 2009

Amie Postings leaves The Grange after almost 5 years as General Manager. During this time Amie has managed exciting new projects to develop the 4 star hotel on Bootham including the refurbishment of the AA 2 rosette Ivy Brasserie and a £1 million pound bedroom extension completed in August 2008. The Grange Hotel was also the winner of the coveted White Rose Awards Hotel of the Year in 2005 and the Visit York Award for Outstanding Customer Service in 2009. The Grange employs 52 members of staff, the majority of whom have worked with Amie for many years. On leaving, Amie said:

'Leaving one of the most professional, hard working and dedicated teams I have ever worked with is very sad but I am very proud of my team and I know they will continue to offer the best in standards of guest care long after I have left’.

Amie leaves The Grange for France, where she will manage an exclusive group of privately owned hotels in the Alpine resort of Morzine on the French / Swiss border.

‘In our industry, we all dream of moving abroad and widening our experience in an international context. My new position will certainly be a challenge, not only in terms of the language! The logistics involved in operating a multi-site business in a mountain location really excite me, and I’ll live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.’

Dominic Bishop takes over as General Manager on Monday 31st August and plans to continue the hotel's commitment to young enterprising management as demonstrated by Amie Postings. 

Dominic brings a wealth of experience in hotel management developed in high profile hotels and country clubs.  Dominic says “I will continue to offer an exceptionally high level of service in rooms and restaurant to all The Grange Hotel’s guests and ensure we keep apace with the ever changing market. I look forward to meeting with our existing clientele and to forging new relationships with those who have not yet experienced The Grange.”

21st July 2009

On Tuesday 4tH August 2009 The Grange Hotel in association with top wine merchant Field & Fawcett will present a wine tasting event featuring wines from Australia. The first vines arrived with the first European settlers in Australia in 1788. Today Australian wine has won an international reputation for quality and value. Australian wines have taken key international awards, competing favourably against longer-established national wine industries. Innovative Australian winemakers are sought internationally for their expertise.

In global terms, Australia was ranked sixth in the list of world wine producers in 2005, producing 1.4 billion litres of wine. Australia is consistently one of the top 10 wine-producing countries in the world. Being such a large country with almost every climate and soil type, Australia is one of the few wine producers to make every one of the major wine styles.

Amie Postings, General Manager at The Grange Hotel says “We are delighted to be hosting this event with Field & Fawcett.  Our special events are really popular. The combination of delicious food, fabulous wines served in elegant surroundings makes for a very enjoyable and convivial evening. “

 Peter Fawcett of Field & Fawcett says “Australian wines have won key international awards, competing favourably against longer-established national wine industries. Innovative Australian winemakers are sought internationally for their expertise.”

The evening will commence with arrival drinks at 6.30 pm followed by a 3 course dinner at 7.15 pm.

Tickets for this event are available directly from The Grange Hotel. Priced at just £22.00 per person, to include a drink on arrival, a three course dinner, accompanying wines and coffee, this event is one not to be missed.



18th June 2009

On Thursday 25tH June 2009 The Grange Hotel in association with top wine merchant Field & Fawcett will present a champagne tasting event featuring champagnes of prestigious Grande Marque Champagne house, Joseph Perrier.

Amie Postings, General Manager at The Grange Hotel says “We are delighted to be holding this event at The Grange Hotel.  Martin Gamman of Joseph Perrier will share some fascinating facts into champagne production and history of the company. The event will give people an opportunity to try some of the finest champagnes available and promises to be very entertaining. “

Peter Fawcett of Field & Fawcett says “Joseph Perrier is one of the oldest Champagne houses. Established in 1825, 5 years earlier than Bollinger, it has an impressive reputation and has produced champagne under licence for both Queen Victoria and King Edward Vll hence the Cuvee Royale distinction.”

The evening will commence at 6.30 pm with a champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner with accompanying champagnes presented by Martin Gamman at 7.15 pm.

Tickets for this event are available directly from The Grange Hotel. Priced at just £35.00 per person, to include champagne on arrival, a three course dinner, accompanying champagnes and coffee, this event is one not to be missed.

16th June 2009

Following its launch on 1 March 2009, Rudding Park’s new Golf Credit Membership scheme – an innovative programme which enables golfers to ‘pay as they play’ – has seen unprecedented success with over 300 members joining the scheme, half being new members to the club which is based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

The ‘credit friendly’ scheme, the first of its kind in the North of England, has been hailed by former Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Gallacher OBE, as “fantastic value for money: you just pay when you play ensuring no wasted membership fees, just superb golf."

Requiring only a small membership fee of £150.00, Rudding Park’s Golf Credit Membership gives golfers the flexibility to buy bundles of credits to play at any time of the day. The number of credits required depends on the time of day and the course played. For example, a golfer playing Rudding Park’s new six hole Repton Short Course out of peak time only uses one credit; play it during a peak time and two credits are used. For details of the credit system and for further information about Golf Credit Membership, visit www.ruddingpark.co.uk/golf.

Speaking about the success of the scheme, Peter Banks, managing director of Rudding Park, said: “During these lean economic times, we felt that it was important to react to our guests’ needs and offer a membership solution that was both affordable and practical.

 “Unlike other membership schemes, Golf Credit Membership is based on a minimal annual fee and with the credits facility, customers can enjoy ultimate flexibility to play as and when they want to and can afford to.

 “Going forward, we hope that the scheme sustains its rate of success and golfers, both existing and new members, can continue to play on two of the UK’s premier courses as well as benefit from state-of-the-art training facilities at the Rudding Park Golf Academy.”

Also showing his support for Rudding Park’s Golf Credit Membership is Peter McEvoy OBE, two times captain of the Walker Cup and chairman of the R&A Committee*. In a recent English Club Golfer article, Peter said of the scheme: “Rudding Park has bucked the membership trend by introducing their Golf Credit Membership allowing golfers to have pride of connection with the club but only pay for how often and when they play.”

McEvoy continues: “It’s good to see the industry respond in the way that Rudding Park has and it shows that business is out there if the products can meet the customers’ needs and affordability.”


14th May 2009

On Thursday 21st May 2009 The Grange Hotel and top department store Browns of York will present a fabulous night of Racing Fashion.  

The evening will include sparkling wine on arrival, a three course dinner in the Ivy Brasserie, designer fashion show, makeovers, accessories, hairstyling and hats. 

Amie Postings, General Manager at The Grange Hotel says “We are delighted to be working with Browns on this event. Horse racing is such a huge part of the summer in York and the team at Browns play an important role in helping us all look fabulous. What better place to show off their collections than in our racing themed Ivy Brasserie?”

Says Angela Horner, a Director at Browns “It will be a stunning evening of fashion and promises to be a lot of fun too. For all those going to the races this summer this event could just help you find the right hat or outfit.  It’s definitely one not to be missed.”

The evening will commence at 6.30 pm with a sparkling wine on arrival followed by dinner at 7.15 pm.

Tickets for this event are available directly from The Grange Hotel. Priced at just £22.00 per person, to include sparkling wine on arrival, a three course dinner, and coffee, this event is one not to be missed.

1st May 2009

The Grange Hotel was delighted to receive the prestigious award for Outstanding Customer Service at the York Tourism Awards 2009, a glittering event attended by over 400 guests at York Racecourse to celebrate excellence in the city’s tourism industry.

Amie Postings, General Manager at The Grange Hotel says “This is a tribute to all our staff who work so hard to ensure guests have the best possible stay at The Grange.  The award is the greatest accolade any hotel can receive. Happy guests return time after time and also tell their friends and colleagues how good the hotel is. It is a wonderful endorsement for us.”

The Grange was also awarded Highly Commended in the very competitive Eating Place of the Year Category.

Sixteen winners picked from more than 150 entries were presented awards by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration.

The Grange is an AA 4 star Regency Town House hotel in Bootham with 36 individually designed bedrooms, a AA 2 rosette restaurant, meeting rooms, private dining facilities and civil wedding license.



27th March 2009

Rachael Park

Rachael Park, Head Housekeeper at Rudding Park has been voted “Housekeeper of the Year 2009” by the AA.  Senior AA Inspector, Andrew Ford presented Rachael with a specially commissioned Villeroy & Boch decanter and commented on what a tremendous accolade this was.  Rachael was the only nominee to score a 100% grading.

The AA inspects over 8000 hotels each year, of which just two hundred are awarded red stars.  From these properties fifty housekeepers were short listed for this award which were then whittled down to just 6.  The final six housekeepers were then visited by an AA inspector to assess their standards, working practices, training and commitment to environmental issues.

 Rachael has worked as a Housekeeper for over 30 years and began her career as a trainee housekeeper in London.  After quickly progressing through the ranks Rachael joined Rudding Park as Head Housekeeper and has lead the team for the last 12 years.

Peter Banks, Managing Director is thrilled that Rachael has been honored with this award and commented “I am delighted that Rachael’s hard work and dedication has been rewarded by this accolade.  Rachael is a true professional and a credit to both Rudding Park and the hotel industry”

This accolade is the latest in a string of awards for Rudding Park.  In January the hotel was voted in the Top 30 Luxury Hotels in the World in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for the second year running.   At the Hotel Catey Awards the team triumphed by winning “Conference and Banqueting Team of the Year”.





17th December 2008

The Angel Inn & Lodgings has been awarded a top 5-star rating in the 2008 Visit Britain Restaurant With Rooms Quality in Tourism Award. The plaque to prove it is now proudly on display outside The Angel.

Director Juliet Watkins said:

"This is the latest in a long list of prestigious awards and accolades gained by The Angel over many years. Much of our success can be put down to the hard-working team here at The Angel. We wouldn't be where we are today without their commitment. They will always go the extra mile to help our customers and in this day and age that counts for a great deal."

17th December 2008

Latest Accolade Completes Hat Trick for Rudding Park -

Rudding Park has fended off stiff competition to win Best Conference & Banqueting Team at the annual Hotel Catey Awards 2008, industry equivalent of the Oscars, held in London last Friday.

The awards, hosted by comedian Rob Brydon star of hit TV show Gavin and Stacey honoured the very best of British hotels in front of an invitation-only audience of more than 750 of the hospitality industry’s great and good. Rudding Park triumphed over some of the hotel industry’s most celebrated names including Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire and The Landmark Hotel, London, also short listed in its category.

The awards are based on a set of stringent criteria and contenders were nominated, selected and recognised by expert judging panels consisting of their industry peers. Simon Mackaness, Chairman of Rudding Park says, “In receiving this Hotel Catey, our Conference & Banqueting team has been recognised alongside the very best in British hospitality. It’s an absolute honour and a fitting reward for the team’s hard work and continued dedication.”

This accolade completes an impressive hat trick of awards for Rudding Park in the last month including Tourism Website of the Year in the Yorkshire Tourist Board White Rose Awards and Best Use of Regional Produce in the 'Deliciouslyorkshire' Awards.

27th October 2008

David Baverstock is one of the most respected and ‘in demand’ winemakers in Portugal, listing Sir Cliff Richard amongst his clients. Described in The Times as Portugal’s best winemaker, David is coming to York to present the best of Portugal to a select group of wine enthusiasts. On Tuesday 18th November David Baverstock will present eight wines during a three course dinner at The Grange Hotel. Supported by the Portuguese Wine Board and York wine merchant Peter Fawcett of Field & Fawcett, guests will enjoy a Portuguese themed dinner, along with tasting notes and stories of winemaking from David Baverstock. Grange Hotel General Manager Amie Postings said “I am delighted that David Baverstock is coming to The Grange. Portuguese wines have proven to be very popular on our current wine list and I am sure many of our regular guests will want to attend this exclusive event” Peter Fawcett said “This is a rare opportunity to taste and be guided through the wines of a winemaker of the calibre of David Baverstock;it is not often he has the time to visit our shores, and we are particularly delighted to be able to hold the tasting in such a high profile hotel as The Grange” Tickets for this one off event are available directly from The Grange Hotel. Priced at just £15.00 per person, to include a three course dinner and all wines, this event has been generously subsidised by the Portuguese Wine Board. For further information on this event, please click the link for The Grange Hotel or phone 01904 644 744

27th October 2008

Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa was awarded Hotel of the Year (35 bedrooms and over) at The White Rose Awards on Thursday 25th September. The ceremony took place at the newly refurbished Spa Bridlington.

Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa opened in 2002 with 117 guest rooms and one of the finest spas in Leeds. Along with winning this year’s Hotel of the Year award, it was nominated in the Outstanding Customer Service category for Keith Brooks – a concierge with a passion for the welfare of his guests. This highlights both the quality of the experience within the hotel and the dedicated effort the staff apply to ensuring all customers receive the best possible service.

The White Rose Awards, now in their 19th year, recognise and reward excellence in tourism across the Yorkshire region.

Gordon Jackson, General Manager at Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, said

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. We believe that Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa is very special and it’s great that this award now recognises this. However, our success is really because of the staff who work so hard to make every visitor’s visit so memorable. This award is really for them and because of them! A very special mention must be made about Keith Brookes, the hotels concierge, who really does a fantastic job for the hotel and I am delighted that he was shortlisted in the Customer Service category.”

David Andrews, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Tourist Board, said:

“Every year we ensure that the list of categories for the White Rose Awards is refined to be inclusive to the Yorkshire Tourism Industry and to embrace topics high on the political agenda. The winners announced yesterday represents the best of the Yorkshire Tourism Industry and they are deserving of these titles thanks not only to the quality of their tourism product, but to the style in which the operation is run, its success and professionalism."

9th October 2008

The AA 4 star Regency town house Grange Hotel prides itself on its levels of customer service and hospitality. A good night’s sleep is essential to a good hotel experience and at The Grange the team will pull out all the stops to provide the highest levels of comfort for their guests. In fact, they call it ‘The Sleep Project’.

These are their tools:

  • The AA 2 rosette Ivy Brasserie in which guests can get prepared for a good night’s sleep with a hearty meal.
  • Deep comfy sofas in the elegant lounges that guests can relax in or even sink into for a power nap! In winter months they light the fire to push up the cosy factor.
  • Some people like a warm room, others prefer a cooler room so they can snuggle under the duvet. For this reason there are individual temperature controls in the rooms, and some have air conditioning.
  • They attend to individual preferences: whether you prefer your pillows puffed up to slimmed down, a hot toddy or a hot chocolate, a hot water bottle or a crisp cool sheet, a delightful duvet or a comfort blanket. The Sleep Project means that staff are primed ready to help you settle into a restful night’s sleep.
  • They’ve also enlisted partners for The Sleep Project: the 5 Senses Spa offers Thai treatments that could defeat even the most severe case of insomnia!
  • The Sleep Project also has a traditional feature that many hotels no longer offer: a turndown service. This means that a housekeeper will come to your room, dim the lights, fold back the covers, do a quick tidy-up and generally prepare the room for sleeping in. I think we’d all rather like that kind of service in our own homes.

Get a good night's rest at The Grange

Adrienne Dyson from The Grange Hotel said:

“We decided to create The Sleep Project because we realised how important a good night’s sleep is to our guests. We wanted to make sure that when people stay at The Grange Hotel, they are given every possible assistance to have a relaxing and restful stay. The Sleep Project is never-ending: each new request finds us creating a new sleep tool!”

A two night break at The Grange Hotel including dinner on one evening is available from £85 per person per night.

1st October 2008

On Thursday 16th October 2008 the Grange Hotel York will be sweet-tooth heaven with its Chocolate Night. The evening will commence at 6.30pm with drinks and canapés upon arrival, followed by a six course chocolate themed menu with wines to complement each course. The full menu is: Spiced Pumpkin Soup, Chocolate Crème Fraiche; Yorkshire Fetal, Beetroot & Chocolate Salad; Hand Dived Scallop, White Chocolate Sauce; Chocolate Basted Whole Wood Pigeon, Roasted Root Vegetables; Orange & Cointreau Sorbet, Chocolate Granita; White & Dark Chocolate Mousse, Turkish Delight; Coffee & Chocolates. In attendance to discuss the wines will be Peter Fawcett who has over 20 years experience in the business and is proprietor of the York based Wine Merchant and Delicatessen, Field and Fawcett. Chocolate expertise will be supplied by Liz and Ray Cardy of the prestigious Monkbar Chocolatier. The cost is £45 per person.

3rd September 2008

The AA 4 star Grange Hotel on Bootham has just opened its stunning six bedroom extension increasing its number of luxurious bedrooms from 30 to 36. Added to the existing building on the York Minster side of the hotel, the new bedrooms complement the hotel’s existing rooms, all of which are individually designed and full of character. Each of the six new bedrooms is air conditioned and the décor is of the highest standard. The Grange becomes the first hotel in Yorkshire to feature 17” LCD televisions at the end of each double ended bath, while flat screen LCD televisions have been installed in all of the hotel’s 36 bedrooms. Says Jeremy Cassel, Managing Director of The Grange,” I am delighted to be developing the Grange whilst retaining the atmosphere and character of the original regency building. I believe that we have significantly improved the streetscape of Queen Anne’s Road while considering the environmental impact of the extension at all times.” The Grange is one of the highest acclaimed hotels in York city centre. With two restaurants, elegant dining rooms and a wedding licence, the hotel has had a very strong local following since it opened 18 years ago.

3rd September 2008

Michael Pelham, writing for the UK restaurant and hotel review Dine Online, has given the Boar's Head a big thumbs up following his recent overnight stay. The Boar's Head 'has the feel of an old coaching inn, with a charming courtyard and pleasant lawn' and is a 'most attractive hostelry, with excellent food…very well worth a visit either on one's way to Scotland or the north of England, or as a base for exploring the lovely country, the dales and the fine houses in North Yorkshire.' 'The bedrooms are charming and attractively furnished, with good touches: biscuits, tea and coffee, bath salts in a pink pig and, best of all, a toy boat for the bath.' 'The staff are particularly welcoming and smiling and helpful and have clearly been well trained to make all the guests feel happy.' Michael Pelham and his companion ate in the restaurant 'I love menus like this where you're dying to try everything, rather than when you are struggling to find something you actually want to eat.' 'It was a very good dinner, most agreeably served in a delightful dining-room with plenty of spec between tables... considering the quality, we thought it represented very good value' at a cost of about £28/30 depending on choice of main course - less for vegetarians. The wine list is 'very good' 'varied and reasonably priced' with 'excellent value house wines', 'a fine selection of new world wines' and numerous old world wines commended for their quality and cost. He found room to enjoy a 'very good' English breakfast next morning, recommending the 'excellent piping hot, wet kedgeree'. 'In al' he concluded 'the Boar's Head and Ripley itself, and its castle, are definitely places to visit and to enjoy'. For the full text of the review visit www.dine-online.co.uk/boarshead.htm. For further reports see the current editions of The Which? Hotel Guide, The Good Food Guide, The Good Hotel Guide, the AA Hotel and Pub Guides, the Good Pub Guide and Alastair Sawday's Hotel and Inn Guide.

6th August 2008

The Devonshire Arms Hotel has won two remarkable accolades in the 2007 AA Hotel Guide. Its restaurant gained four red rosettes to go with its Michelin Star rating: very few hotels have achieved such exalted status. The Devonshire picked up a second accolade when manager Jeremy Rata won the AA's coveted Wine List Award, so if you fancy the life of the bon viveur, head for Bolton Abbey and the Devonshire Arms!

5th August 2008

No fewer than five of Yorkshire's Fine Hotels were shortlisted for the Yorkshire Tourist Board's White Rose Award for the best Hotel - under 35 bedrooms. This category is always keenly contested but this year the battle was particularly fierce, with pundits saying that any one of the seven finalists could easily win. YFH was represented by the Boar's Head, The Devonshire Arms, The Grange, Holdsworth House and Swinton Park and hopes were running high, but in the event they were all pipped at the post by the Feversham Arms at Helmsley, where proprietor Simon Rhattigan has done a tremendous job. Well done Simon, but we will all be looking for ways to improve our entries and beat you next year!

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