Christians, Harrogate, is a place on my radar PURELY because of social media… Instagram to be precise.
A couple of months ago I was followed by Christians and after numerous ‘likes’ on various posts of mine, cottoned on to the fact it was a restaurant in Harrogate. The photos in their feed of folks outside on sunlit evenings made me wonder how the heck I’d not heard of this place… curiosity took me further to their website where I made an instant connection with their WHY…
The STORY of how a young guy (Christian), followed his dream and has come to be where he is today, 1 year down the line… I’m such a sucker for that stuff. Essentially, Christian has connected to the world with his STYLE OF LOVE – which, by the way is what this blog used to be called before LIFESTYLE YORKSHIRE… I had to go check it out.
We went one very dreary Sunday morning just before 12 and were among the first to arrive, within half an hour the place was pretty much packed out… though we didn’t order one, people clearly love the Sunday Roasts here!
Asking to move tables (as we’d been seated in the furthest back corner of the restaurant), was no problem for the staff, nor was upsizing my starter to a main. Small things, but how many places do you go where it completely messes with the system to request little things like this. Our food was fantastic, great value and knowing it came from Yorkshire farmers, again, (as with Keelham Farm), is supporting local businesses, which I also like to do.
Christians has an organic feel of being a ‘third place’.
There’s a sense of community on its Instagram feed, they have live music, charity events, outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens … it’s a place to hang out…
Though we went in July it was raining (surprise!) so though no-one was sat outside we could imagine it being absolutely delightful sat in the cleverly designed gardens, kids running around on the grass.
We could also instantly picture it at Christmas; real trees, festoon lighting, carols, hot toddies and amazing food… you get the idea and will just have to go yourself if you can!
Visit CHRISTIANS CAFE BISTRO WEBSITE here for more info.
Christians is part of a collective group of other businesses called Crimple Hall. There’s a Food Hall, Art Gallery, Garden Centre, Huge Antiques Barn and more besides to wander between. We spent more time there than we expected, which was welcomed on a grey day. That said, (and it could be down to being unobservant on my part) but the signage wasn’t amazing. Once we left the sat nav in the car, we were in the proximity of all the other places I mention here but couldn’t see obvious signage for Christians. In a nutshell, wander through the antiques place and you’ll find it out back!