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‘Ales in the Dales’ The Yorkshire Dales have landed in Harrogate

Ales in the Dales – The Yorkshire Hotel launch a fully landscaped Yorkshire Dales inspired beer garden in the heart of Harrogate town centre.

When the roadmap to opening was unveiled by the Government, the team at The Yorkshire Hotel and The Pickled Sprout in Harrogate knew they had to create something spectacular to entice customers to eat and drink outside. And, with a botanical-inspired décor following its £1million refurbishment last year, the team created a pastiche to the Yorkshire Dales with local landscape designer Nicholas Edwards.

Available for just five weeks, the ‘Ales in the Dales’ creation has been completed with a staggering 120 tonnes of topsoil, 100 tonnes of Yorkshire stone, 10 tonnes of dry stone wall, 350 plants, trees and shrubs, 300 square metres of real grass, 35 tables seating over 100 people with the finishing touch of one miniature steam train running amongst the ramblings of the Yorkshire Dales.

Alfresco dining, Ales In The Dales - The Yorkshire Hotel Harrogate

The team have worked with local Harrogate charity, Horticap, which provide adults with learning and other disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills; and during its five weeks of opening the team are raising money for the charity. Once the garden is removed and the space returns to a car park in mid-May, the plants, trees and shrubs will be used by Horticap in their work with local disabled people.

Ales in The Dales – one of the most ambitious beer gardens in the UK

Simon Cotton, Managing Director, HRH Group said: “When Boris Johnson announced the roadmap out of lockdown, we knew we had to create some excitement about drinking and dining outside in April, especially after the success of our beach last year. We always try to step up the creativity each time we open up, offering something new and exciting to our customers, but I think this is one of the most ambitious projects we have done to date, and quite possibly the most ambitious beer garden creative in Yorkshire if not the UK.

We are extremely lucky to have this space and prime location to be able to create this beer garden for The Pickled Sprout and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the creation, it really has been a community project. We hope that our beer garden creation can generate some money for our chosen charities Horticap and Yorkshire Cancer Research.”

The final touch of fun is the installation of a miniature real-life steam train that will run over 30 metres through the Yorkshire Dales scene, operated by SSD Miniature Railway.

To book a table at the Ales in the Dales or to take a look at the new Spring menu and extensive wine and cocktails list take a look at the website www.thepickledsprout.co.uk


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Written by

Peter Henry


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