Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Banyan Bar and Kitchen Harrogate | Review

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely folks over at Arc Inspirations, who asked if I would be interested in reviewing Banyan Bar and Kitchen in Harrogate. If you read my previous review of Banyan Bar & Kitchen York then you will know I was originally meant to attend an event to see the new refurb in Harrogate. As this didn't quite go to plan, it was super lovely of Arc Inspirations to invite me back to visit the new refurb and try out their new menu. 

Ash and I drove to Harrogate on a Friday evening for a 6pm reservation. When we arrived we headed over to the bar and was quickly greeted by a member of their staff who seated us in a lovely booth in the raised level of the restaurant, giving us a nice view of the rest of the bar. As it was a Friday the atmosphere was busy - people dining, having after work drinks and later people starting their nights out. Soon after we arrived a musician set up near the doors of the bar with an acoustic guitar and began playing a selection of easy listening songs.

When the waitress came to take our drinks order, she informed us that there was a two for one on cocktails, which of course I had to take advantage of. Shortly after, my two Mojito's and Ash's bottle of Sol beer arrived, which meant it was time to survey the menu!

I decided on the Portuguese Marinated Half Chicken £12.50 the half chicken is lightly chargrilled, boneless and with just the right amount of kick. I honestly enjoyed this dish so much! The chicken was mouthwateringly juicy and the side of crème fraîche complimented the spiciness of the chicken perfectly. Anything with Chilli and a touch of coriander gets a thumbs up from me!

Ash went for the Steak and Ale Shortcrust Pie, served with gravy, creamy mash or gastro chips and spring greens £12.95 this dish also looked incredibly yummy and it must have been, as he wouldn't share any of it with me! He did however let me have a taste of his spring greens which were by far the tastiest veggies I ever did wrap my taste buds around!

After our yummy mains we were very excited to try out the desserts on offer. Ash chose the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Torte £5.95 while I opted for the Warm Triple Chocolate Brownie £5.95 both are served with yummy honeycomb ice-cream complete with honeycomb chunks and my   chocolate brownie was served on a smear of peanut butter on the plate! This is optional - but you'd be crazy not to! (or allergic, which of course you're excused!). 

Banyan Harrogate have also invested in a whole new look, which I have to say, looks great! As a huge copper fan, I was in heaven! The ceiling was full with contemporary copper lighting, brown leather booths and bar stools, and white brick. The front of the restaurant is floor to ceiling windows, with a seating area just outside the front of the bar and the outside is lit up in the evening with fairy lights. Overall we really enjoyed our evening at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Harrogate. It's the perfect place for dining, chilled after work or casual drinks or as a starting place for a night out and is somewhere to be enjoyed by all ages. 

*Harrogate Banyan Bar and Kitchen kindly provided us with a complimentary meal for two in exchange for an honest review. 

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