Conversion of former Harrogate Arms moves step closer
Last updated Mar 24, 2022
Harrogate Arms

Building work to convert the former Harrogate Arms pub on Crag Lane into a cafe has moved a step closer.

The horticultural charity RHS bought the building in 2014 and received planning permission in 2019 to create a ground floor cafe and kitchen facilities to serve visitors of neighbouring RHS Harlow Carr.

It has now submitted a construction management plan to Harrogate Borough Council that gives details about how contractors will go about the conversion.

It says work will include the demolition of extensions, partitions, a boundary wall and low wall.

It will also involve the erection of three single-storey extensions and a boundary wall; reduction of floor levels; widening of entrance; removal of fire escape; installation of replacement doors, windows and fanlights; alterations to fenestration; formation and restoration of hard and soft landscaping.

Work on site will take place from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturday. There will be no work on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The council will now consider the plan.

Hotel, nightclub, restaurant and pub

The Harlow Car Hotel and Bath House was built in 1844 by two businessmen following the discovery of an ‘especially efficacious’ sulphur spring in the area.

The hotel was sold to Harrogate Corporation in 1915 and has gone through a number of incarnations since then, as a nightclub, restaurant and latterly a pub.

The building in 1930. Credit – Archant

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Sustainable menu

When the cafe opens in 2023, hospitality students from Harrogate College will devise the menu.

The students have been asked to use their culinary and creative skills to come up with a concept for a sustainable menu.

Fresh produce grown at the RHS gardens will feature prominently in the dishes.