Over the last couple of weeks, the Harrogate Advertiser have been helping us a long with our #ThinkIndie campaign. Urging locals and visitors alike to shop in Harrogate’s amazing range of independent shops, cafés and restaurants. We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to recap what we have done so far in promoting independents in Harrogate and what the future has to bring.
Back in September 2014 we wrote our first Locals’ Guide to Harrogate. We set up this series of blog posts to spread the word of the great independents in Harrogate. To start with we stuck to what we know – The Locals’ Guide to Independent Coffee Shops.
Even though this first blog post was first published at the very beginning of September 2014, it is still as true now as it was back then. Bean and Bud, Hoxton North and LMDC are our top recommendations for coffee in Harrogate. Each of these indies produce a top quality cuppa and have a range of sweet treats to accompany.
Our next Locals’ Guide focuses on the the great independent pubs of Harrogate. We recently updated this blog post as since it was first written North Bar Harrogate and 10 Devonshire Place opened their doors.
These two new additions and the other pubs which were included (Major Tom’s Social, The Old Bell and The Harrogate Tap) in the original blog post all offer a great range of different beers, wines and spirits, often sourced from micro breweries and local, independent retailers.
All three of these establishments serve something for all the family on their menus and are still very popular!
Our net two Locals’ Guides were on independent wine and beer retailers and also independents where you will find great Yorkshire produce. An alcohol retailer we suggested was Beer Hawk. We purchase some of our unusual beers from here as they always have a great selection on offer.
As for places to get great Yorkshire produce, we suggested Addyman’s butchers and The Cheeseboard on Commercial Street and Leng’s Grocers on Cold Bath Road. In all three you will be able to find the best produce Yorkshire has to offer!
Our next Guide was stepping more out our comfort zone of food and drink, to men’s fashion. Harrogate is often known for it’s boutique shops and we couldn’t not include some of these in our Locals’ Guides.
Though our two most recent Locals’ Guide’s are Easter themed, the independents (such as Fit Harrogate) we promote are open all year providing not only great goods at Easter, but all year round.
We will be carrying on our quest to promote independents in Harrogate (with blogs coming up on the best places for brunch and also lunch on the go). We would love to hear your suggestions on what independents in Harrogate you would like to see on our blog, let us know in the comments below!