Cold Bath Road has been described as the Notting Hill of Harrogate – and rightly so. With more than 50 indie shops, salons and places to eat, it must surely be Harrogate’s most independent street. It’s rather unusual name dates back to 1880 when St Magnus’ Well, or the Cold Well, in Harrogate was thought to sooth eye conditions.
There’s almost every type of shop you can think of along Cold Bath Road, from upmarket sportswear and stylish restaurants to more practical things like hardware, fruit and veg and dry cleaning.
It’s a long stroll from one end to the other and with so much variety we’re going to break it down into two blogs. Given our passion for food and drink that seems a good place to start.
Cold Bath Road Food and Drink
If, like us, you’re a regular on Cold Bath Road you’ll know that there’s plenty of regional produce on offer, as well as good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality.
The Last Post (formerly the Slip Inn) has made a big impact since it opened in the autumn. Great beer, gin and cocktails, full of locals – and you can take your dog. There’s also The Fat Badger if course, which serves regional cask ales and modern British food.
We’ve talked about La Feria in our Locals’ Guides before and as the summer season approaches it’s worth revisiting our blog on Al Fresco Dining in Harrogate which includes a review of this bustling Spanish style eatery. Having started out with just a few tables on the site of the current Hoxton North café at the Crown roundabout its expansion to larger premises further up Cold Bath Road, with a spacious outdoor seating area, has been a resounding success.
Other restaurants on Cold Bath Road include William & Victoria – a leader on the Harrogate restaurant scene for more than 40 years – and relative newcomer Fisk, which specialises in seafood and champagne.
If coffee and cake is your thing – and it’s definitely something we like to indulge in – Mama Doreen’s Cupcake Company is well known for its scrumptious Yorkshire cupcakes. We recently featured them in our Locals’ Guide to Afternoon Tea, which we wrote for Mother’s Day.
Tilly Peppers is another family run café further up the street serving delicious homemade food to eat in or take away and for some of the best fish and chips in town try Olivers, which has a 50-seat restaurant, takeaway and regular gluten-free frying days. The Italian Connection is a café by day and opens in the evenings as a restaurant Wednesday to Saturday.
For ingredients and food to go there’s Leng’s Grocers for your fruit and veg, Vanilli’s for take home packs of artisan ice cream made on the premises and two thriving bakeries – Lancaster’s Bakery which was founded in 1906 by Harry Lancaster, the grandfather of the present owners, and the more recent Manna Bakery which sells artisan breads, cakes, sandwiches and snacks. For sandwiches, you could also try Wedges.
There’s certainly plenty of independent places to choose from there – and we haven’t even started on the shopping. Watch out for part 2 of our Locals’ Guide to Cold Bath Road.