Updated: Jan 24
Paradise Café at Daleside Nurseries in Killinghall, Harrogate opened last month and offers a welcoming and beautiful café cum fine dining culinary experience.
Frances Atkins, one of the most prominent British chefs of the century and the first woman in the UK to earn a Michelin star, has launched this new venture, accompanied by chef Roger Olive and front-of-house manager John Tullett – her team for more than 20 years.
Paradise café is tucked around the back of Daleside garden centre near Harrogate, less than 20 miles from the Yorke Arms, the old coaching inn in the Yorkshire Dales where she made her name.
This new site features a lake and enjoys an outlook onto the North Yorkshire countryside.
The entrance to Paradise opens into a lofty, light filled space with a flagstone floor, decorated with plants and with a sharp Scandi botanical feel.
A marble counter looks into the large semi-open kitchen – the place to enjoy chef dinners. The outside area overlooking the lake is pretty and relaxing. If you eat indoors or outside on the veranda you are served quality food by friendly staff.
All food is made to order, seasonally led, and locally sourced where possible. As for the menu, it includes several small plates for starters, main courses, sandwiches made with home-made bread, pastries, and pudding.
Dishes run along the lines of slow cooked Nidderdale lamb with seasonal vegetables, lime and ginger seared scallops with artichoke, potato and apple, or croque monsieur – Yorkshire dried ham and ch
But to visit for coffee and cakes, or just brunch as I did recently, you will still be met with the warmest of welcomes.
For me it makes the Paradise Cafe a spot every foodie will relish returning to time and again.
Ripon Road, Killinghall,
Harrogate HG3 2AY