Where is good to eat in Harrogate? – Norse FAQ

 

Pictures of some of the best dishes at Norse in 2014

Where is good to eat in Harrogate?

If you’re wondering ‘Where is good to eat in Harrogate?’ then we think you should consider Norse.  The restaurant is a good fit for many occasions from a casual bite to a celebratory meal.

We understand that choosing a restaurant is a bit of a risk, especially if you don’t dine out very often.  We’ve lost count of the miles we have walked around places we were visiting trying to find the best place to eat, nervous of making the wrong choice and enduring a meal that doesn’t deliver anything close to what we were looking for.

We’ve put our heads together to compile this list of questions and answers to try and make choosing Norse as easy as possible.  If Norse doesn’t sound like the perfect option for your dinner then we have put a couple of recommendations down too.  If you want a different recommendation then you can get in touch with us on twitter @EatNorse.

Reviews

If you’d like to see what previous diners think then you can check out our reviews on Opentable or Tripadvisor.

To Book:

If you would like to book then you can give us a call on 01423-202-363 or head back to the home page and book online.

 

Q: What type of food is it?

A: We offer an a la carte menu of around 10-11 savoury dishes and recommend that you choose 3. We also have 3 desserts.

Q: Why is it Nordic?

A: Nordic cuisine is about using what you have when it is at it’s best, and preserving the extra to use later on. Norse will use many of the traditional techniques for preserving food but in a modern style. We are currently using ingredients from across the UK and abroad but as we grow we will focus on using more and more local ingredients.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Norse is a relaxed restaurant. There is no particular dress code other than nothing that could offend other diners.

Q: What if I have questions about a dish on the menu?

A: Our front of house team try all the dishes as they come on the menu and have an explanation from the chefs. Sometimes we will need help jogging our memory and we will confirm anything with the kitchen.

Q: Are you licensed?

A: Yes! We are licensed for the sale of alcohol until midnight. We have a wide-ranging drinks list that includes aperitifs, craft beers and a selection of wine by the bottle or glass. After dinner there are dessert wines and whisky. Paul has a particular hankering for gin, so we currently have 10 options for your gin and tonic primarily from small regional UK distilleries.

Q: Why haven’t your wine glasses got stems?

A: We decided to use Riedel stemless wine glasses because we were concerned about space and stability on our tables. Some of our older tables are quite rustic and uneven, this is not a good recipe for the survival of wine glasses. If you have a particular aversion to drinking from a stemless glass we do have some glasses with stems available for use – just give us an extra minute or two to dig them out.

Q: Do you serve water?

A: You will be provided with tap water as standard with your meal, if you would like to order bottled water this is also available.

Q: Is it suitable for children?

A: We would never exclude children for visiting Norse, however due to the facilities in the kitchen we can only offer the dishes on the menu. We can tweak and simplify dishes but we can only use the ingredients we have.

Q: I have an allergy - can I eat here?

A: Our notice requirements for allergies/dietary requirements are on the home page and also mentioned during the booking process. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email or call the restaurant.

Q: How long will the meal take?

A: We allocate 2 hrs per table for bookings up to 7pm. Tables booked from 7.30pm onwards are yours for the remainder of the evening.

Q: How will the meat be cooked?

A: The chef will cook the meat the way that he feels shows off the produce at its best. If you have a particular way you would like your meat prepared let our team know.

Q: How often do you change the menu?

A: We aim to change a couple of dishes every week.

Q: Where do you get your meat from?

A: All our meat comes from rare breed butchers Farmison and Co.

Q: You use quite a lot of foraged ingredients, where are they from?

A: We work with a company called Yorkshire Foragers. They have a network of foragers that extends across the country, so much of our produce is from Yorkshire but there are plenty of exceptions and we're happy to tell you where individual items are from.

Q: Can we bring our own wine?

A: We do offer the opportunity to bring your own wine. We are happy to chill, open and serve your wine for a corkage charge of £15 per bottle.

Q: Can we bring our own cake?

A: We are happy to serve your cake in the restaurant after you have finished your meal. If you would like to be served cake instead of dessert we charge cakeage at £4 per person.

Q: Can we book a party?

A: We’re happy to host groups celebrating in the restaurant.

Q: Can we hire the restaurant?

A: The restaurant may be available for exclusive hire, if you would like to discuss this drop us a line at info@norserestaurant.co.uk.

Q: Do you do a tasting menu?

A: We do not currently offer a tasting menu.

Q: Is there a drinks flight?

A: e do not offer a drinks flight be we are happy to select wines by the glass for you if you wish.

Q: Is there a cheese option?

A: Currently we do not serve cheese, but we aim to change this in the future.

Q: Where can we park?

A: Norse is located on Swan Road near the Valley Gardens. There is some free on-street parking that requires a disc, the council car park outside Crescent Gardens is also nearby.

Q: Do you have disabled access and toilet facilities?

A: We're afraid to say that our restaurant does not have disabled toilets.

Q: Can we arrive early for our table and have a drink?

A: We only have a small bar with stools where you can have a drink before you dine.

Q: What is snaps?

A: Snaps is a Scandinavian pre/during/post dinner alcoholic drink and is known in Germany and other European countries as Schnapps. Traditionally many Scandinavians use akvavit as the based for their snaps and then infuse the alcohol with a variety of flavours both sweet and savoury. We use a flavourless vodka as the base for our snaps and infuse all our flavours in-house.

Q: Do you do events?

A: Yes, please check the website for further details.

Q: How can we book?

A: Booking a table at Norse is very easy. The best way is online at our website.

Q: What happens if someone is ill or can't make it?

A: Please call us and let us know, we may be able to refund your deposit.

Q: I’m planning to come and eat with you today, do I need to book?

A: You are very welcome to walk-in but the best way to ensure we have a table available for you is to book online.

Q: What if we are running late?

A: We understand that things don’t always go to plan and sometimes people are late for their reservation. Please do give us a call to let us know and be prepared that there may be a slight delay in your meal if you arrive at the same time as other parties.

Q: What if we need to cancel or change our reservation?

A: If you need to cancel or change your reservation you can email us on info@norserestaurant.co.uk or give us a call on 01423-313-400. We really appreciate as much notice as possible because it allows us to call any guests that may be hoping for a table or rearrange the dining room to improve comfort for everyone.

Q: Is service included on your bill?

A: We do not include a service charge on your bill. All tips go to the people that are working that shift and they are shared equally between all members of the team.

Q: We're not sure Norse is what we are looking for, can you recommend anywhere else?

A: We live in Harrogate so we have tried many of the restaurants in town. We would recommend The Orchid (Pan-Asian), Deano's Graze and Grill (English Grazing), La Oliva (tapas), La Feria (Chicken/Andalucian) or Will & Vics (Classic English).

Q: I have a question you didn’t answer!

A: Send it through to info@norserestaurant.co.uk and we’ll get back to you asap, then we’ll upload it here!