Harrogate pub gets into Christmas spirit with festive name-change
Nov 9, 2023
Photo of the Coach and Horses in Harrogate, with its new - but temporary - signage, which shows the pub's seasonal name, the Sleigh and Reindeers.
The new seasonal signage at Harrogate's Coach and Horses pub, temporarily renamed the Sleigh and Reindeers.

A Harrogate pub will be undergoing a seasonal transformation for the next few weeks and even changing its name. 

The Coach and Horses on West Park will be renamed the Sleigh and Reindeers over the Christmas period.

The new signage at the pub, which is owned by Provenance Inns, is already up, but the official name change will apply from Friday, November 17, and last until the second week of January, when the school Christmas holidays end. 

Anthony Blundell, head of business development at Provenance Inns, told the Stray Ferret: 

“We’re turning the Coach and Horses into Harrogate’s most festive pub. At the Sleigh and Reindeers there’ll be festive ales, mulled wine, mulled cider, egg nog and a festive menu too, so you can have a turkey dinner every day of the week. 

“Hopefully, we’ll create great times for guests and anyone wanting to get into the festive spirit. It’s not everywhere that you’ll be able to have Christmas dinner seven days a week.” 

It’s not the first time the pub has had a temporary change of name. In 2014, it was renamed the Cavendish and Horses when the Tour de France came to Harrogate, in honour of rider Mark Cavendish, whose mother lived in the town.

Provenance Inns owns and runs eight pubs and hotels across North Yorkshire, including the Punch Bowl Inn at Marton cum Grafton, and the West Park Hotel, just a few doors along from the Coach and Horses.

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