“Ingredient-driven dishes in spa hotel” - AA Inspector
HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Any dining experiences must be pre-booked. To ensure we can effectively manage social distancing for all our guests, we politely request prompt arrival. Where possible the same table will be allocated to guests for their entire stay.
Our Inspector's view
Located in the modern spa area of Harrogate’s Rudding Park hotel, Horto enjoys something of a double life. By day, it’s an informal spa café but in the evening, it blossoms into a relaxed fine dining restaurant. Meaning ‘garden’ in Latin, Horto certainly lives up to its name by utilising the seasonal produce grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden. Unclothed tables, modern art on the walls and smart but casually attired staff add to the informality of the restaurant where dinner could begin with cauliflower tart, the crisp pastry case containing intensely flavoured roasted cauliflower purée, aged parmesan and golden sultanas. Alternatively, you might kick off with delicate chalk stream trout, kohlrabi and grapefruit. Follow with mallard pithivier served with a rich Madeira-based jus, elderberries and silky parsnip purée, or if seafood is your preference, there’s native lobster with tomato and garden herbs. Kitchen garden beetroot with saké-soaked raspberries and rich almond custard is one way to round things off, or maybe you could choose buckwheat with caramelised chocolate and cep.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 45
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines over £30: 68
- Wines by the glass: 68
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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