Wednesday saw the opening of ‘Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House’ in the space formerly occupied by ‘Walrus and Carpenter’ and ‘Jakes’. Some of the team went along to the industry opening night on Tuesday to find out about our small towns newest independent addition.
There have been some really nice additions to what the previous tenants left behind with strong branding and a keen attention to detail.
Inside Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House
We were greeted with welcoming smiles, offered a free beer of our choice and had our order taken punctually. There were ten cask and six kegged options to choose from, which left us with more than enough choice. Knowing that these will be changing regularly left us excited at the prospect of a new place to sample craft beer.
Josh and Ellie from Major Tom’s Social sampling some of the craft beers on offer
When it came down to ordering food, 11 different toppings of pizza were available, ranging from £7-£9.50 (4 of which were vegetarian). We chose the Forest; Wild mushrooms, garlic, roasted pepper and fresh basil. They didn’t hold back with the toppings and the cheese was super melted and stringy. The crust had a doughy, chewy texture from the centre to the crust, so we think there is probably a little bit of tweaking yet to be done – but this is what soft launches are for! In terms of taste the pizza definitely contended with some of the best in Harrogate though and we are sure they will be a hit. Soon we’ll be adding them to our Locals’ Guide to the Best Pizza in Harrogate.
Our waitress also suggested we try their signature dish, the Canadian staple poutine (beer soaked fries topped with gravy and cheese) and we had no hesitation in complying. We didn’t enjoy them quite as much as the pizza, but we could totally imagine it’ll cure a few hangovers on a Sunday lunchtime.
We forgot to take a photo of the poutine so here are some fries
During the day Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House will be serving a blended coffee from Dark Woods Coffee. Head barista Niall popped in on Wednesday afternoon to give it a try. The espresso was extracted evenly, the temperature was spot on and dark chocolate/caramel notes shone through the milk. Given how long they have been open the latte art is really coming on and everything was delivered with friendly service and smiling faces.
Flat white on the second floor
Starling Independent Beer and Coffee House have put together a varied offer with a few twists up their sleeves. and we had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It’ll be really interesting to see how they settle in amongst Harrogate’s existing indie scene and we’re sure there will be lots more to come from the owners and their team. Good luck to the guys at Starling, we’ll be back in again soon!