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A little Harrogate Jaunt

I’ve been a fan of Harrogate for a while now, my best mate and I would frequent the Harrogate Turkish Baths at the end of each term to get rid of all the stresses that comes with being a high school teacher. But at the time I’d only eaten in Harrogate twice, once at The Tannin Level where we had a really enjoyable dinner and last summer at Van Zeller, with a memorable five course lunch to celebrate to start of the summer hols!! Yes, both places with good standing in the area, but I hadn’t explored much else really. The last year has enabled me to explore other gems in Harrogate, especially with the half term holidays, I thought I’d put down in words and pictures my go-to places in Harrogate at the moment. I’m sure these have been documented in the past, but this is my personal take.

The place is full of the usual run of the mill chain restaurants and coffee shops, but there are plenty of others, so here’s a round up of some of the places I like to frequent when I visit:

Bean & Bud – Great independent, artisan coffee shop full stop!! Lovely, warm people who REALLY know their stuff, but at the same time don’t feel the need to shove it in your face. Ruth also makes yummy amaretti biscuits that go perfectly with your beverage of choice. Not only are they experts in coffee, but also with their teas. It’s also where I had my first Chemex too and the flavour I got was   so clean and the clarity was something I hadn’t experienced before.

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imageBaltzersen’s – Cool, Scandinavian cafe that hits all the right notes in terms of relaxed atmosphere, decent coffee and lovely food, in particular their popular Cinnamon buns and open sandwiches.

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Whether its a quick brunch, lunch and now even dinner, courtesy of Norse. I went to the preview taster sessions of Norse and they were pretty decent, since then they’ve received rave reviews for the Scandi-inspired plates.

Baltzersen’s is a breathe of fresh air for me , it completely oozes a Scandinavian coolness and effortless charm and I really love the place! Owned by Paul Rawlinson, it’s become a popular spot with both locals and outsiders.

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The Yorkshire Meatball Company – opened a few months ago and has been mega busy it seems ever since. I had a lovely meal there and it seems there is an infinite way of serving meatballs in a multitude of different guises for virtually every occasion. Click here for the write up on my visit.

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Major Tom’s Social –  a quirky café/bar, with a good selection in terms of food, including stews made by The Grub & Grog Shop lads. A good range of drinks are in offer including lots of craft beers and ales. Recently they hosted a five course pop-up supper club created by The Grub & Grog lads. 

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Hoxton North  – Harrogate’s first Espresso & Brew Bar, located in a beautiful Edwardian space. Opened in Autumn 2013 and has been serving loose leaf teas and artisan coffees from roasters, such as Workshop. Their yummy baked goods come from the likes of Dumouchel, Noisette Bakehouse and That Old Chestnut.

Do you have any recommendations for food and drink in Harrogate, what are you favourite haunts?

Baltzersens
Bean & Bud
Hoxton North
Major Tom’s Social
The Yorkshire Meatball Company

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Hoxton North Espresso and Brew Bar, Harrogate

Recently I wrote a piece on North Star Micro Roasters Inaugural Cupping Eventwell soon after I was contacted by Hoxton North Espresso and Brew Bar who happen to be friends with North Star. They had seen my blog review and invited me to check out their new place. Trying to develop my tastes in coffee further and always loving Harrogate, I thought why not, so I combined it with meeting a mate and got the train from Headingley train station. I’d forgotten how easy it is to get the train from Leeds to Harrogate, normally I would just drive but this is quicker, less hassle and possibly cheaper, my return ticket was only £6-7 (half of a duo ticket with a friend).

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Hoxton North Espresso and Brew Bar is an independent specialist coffee shop, located on Parliament Street serving espresso, filter based coffee and also whole or ground beans for use at home. The origin of the name comes from Hoxton, the district in the East End of London, situated in the heart of Shoreditch. Owners, husband and wife team Timothy and Victoria Bosworth, both originally from Yorkshire, have spent the last ten years in London where Shoreditch has become a hot spot for great food, bars and cafe culture. They wanted to bring that passion and lifestyle back to the North of England so opened this shop earlier in October.

Hoxton North is located in a Grade II listed building which dates back to the Edwardian 1920s, so the team had to maintain the original features, such as timber panelling, architraves and mirrors are from a previous shop that inhabited the space called Louis Cope. Louis Cope sold fashionable items, such as robes, lingerie, fur coats, bags and shoes to wealthy tourists and locals. As soon as I walked in I thought it looked gorgeous and I loved the feel of the space, how faithful they’ve been to its original details, and used these as well as their own design ideas with beautiful effect. 

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They have designed the space in such a way, with the espresso and brew bar running through the middle of the shop, and want people to use it as a place where they can relax and chat, whether your a Harrogate local or one of the many tourists which visit the place.

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One of the first things I noticed on the counter was the wonderful selection of cakes and sweet treats they have to accompany your drink of choice. Vicky and Tim searched long and hard for top class bakeries which could supply them with the best cakes and pastries to match the quality of their coffees and teas. They seem to have hit the jackpot, from what we tasted anyway!!! Dumouchel, a bakery based in Garforth, Leeds makes the most AMAZING Brioche slice, I secretly didn’t want to divulge which bakery makes it and try to keep it too myself because it was absolutely delicious!!! Incredibly moist with the perfect balance of almond sweetness and sharpness from the raspberries, an inspired bake. We also tried their brownie and a chocolate mocha cake, both very good, even though I’m not much of a chocolate fan they were moist, gooey and had great subtle flavour, in particular the mocha cake from That Old Chestnut, a bakery from Mabgate, Leeds.

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Chocolate brownie
Date flapjack
Date flapjack
Huge Pain au raisin
Huge Pain au raisin!!
Brioche slice with raspberry and almond
Brioche slice with raspberry and almond

So what have they got on offer to drink, they specialise in artisan coffees and offer a range that changes according to seasonality. They use hand selected roasters from around the world and have picked out each roaster and farm that they feel is the best in its class or region. Some of their coffee comes from Workshop Coffee Company, who are based in Clerkenwell, London and Origin Coffee Roasters from Cornwall, while their tea comes from Brew Tea Company. That day on their menu they were serving the Origin (F30) Espresso Blends from El Salvador and Nicaragua, and  Workshops Cult of Done (V14) coffee – 100% Ethiopian. Vicky was more than happy to describe these to us and showed an obvious passion about these products.

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We drank our coffees and ate our cakes in their cute snug, which is hidden from normal view at the side of the shop. I loved it in there, it felt intimate, like you were slightly cut off from the rest of the shop. It can hold up to 6 guests and also be reserved for breakfast, lunch or drinks. Our coffees were great, my friend who is a lover of coffee even said it’s the best he’s had. I really enjoyed my latte, normally I find them a little bitter and always need sugar, but this didn’t at all and was wonderful as it was.

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The snug
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Latte
My Brioche Slice with almond and raspberry from Doumouchel
Brioche Slice with almond and raspberry
YUmmy chocolate Brownie
Chocolate Brownie
Chocolate mocha cake from That Old Chestnut
Chocolate mocha cake 

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Being a local, independent shop in the Harrogate community is important to Vicky and Tim, and in the future they would like to host different social events, including coffee tastings, brew bar sessions, pop-up events, book launches, poetry readings, live music sessions to bring the local community together.

I definitely recommend Hoxton North Espresso and Brew Bar, it’s a great place to relax, run by really lovely people. I for one will be visiting every time I’m in Harrogate. It’ll be perfect for going to after I’ve been to the Harrogate Turkish Baths. I can’t wait to visit both, hopefully very soon!!

Hoxton North Espresso and Brew Bar
52 Parliament Street 
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 2RL
Opening Hours: Tues – Fri: 8:30am – 5pm Sat: 09:30am – 5pm Sun: 10:00am – 4pm You can follow them on Twitter @hoxtonnorth or facebook. com/hoxtonnorth.
http://hoxtonnorth.com