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Interior design and menu inspiration revealed for Harrogate’s newest restaurant, Amber’s

Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate has shared exclusive sneak peeks of the interior design and menu inspiration behind its brand-new restaurant, Amber’s, due to open this April with the aim of creating a new dining destination for Harrogate residents and visitors to the town.

The interior design is being orchestrated by award-winning interior design practice, Studio Two and the sneak peeks reveal the vision behind the designs for the new restaurant as well as the bar, breakfast area, hallway and private dining space.

Inspired by the work of pioneering scientist and trailblazer Lady Amber Fitzwilliam* who ran her famous salon from the hotel in the early 20th century, the design concept explores the patterns and textures of coral and algae – the subject of Lady Amber’s most celebrated research.

The space will feel open yet cosy, with soft tactile elements, earthy warm tones and intricate design details which echo Lady Amber’s meticulous note-taking. The lighting will be grand in scale yet delicate in detail, adding depth and colour to the scheme.

The team are working with the Cedar Court Group’s Executive Chef, Steve Collinson, who has worked with the business for two years and previously spent seven years successfully leading the kitchen team as Executive Chef at Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa in Leeds.

Manager of Cedar Court Harrogate, Oliver Stott, who has worked at Cedar Court for two and a half years, will be bringing his expertise to Amber’s, having previously managed food and beverage at Dakota Hotels and Malmaison Hotel in Leeds.

The Amber’s menu will deliver a modern approach to Yorkshire dining comprising of traditional British dishes with contemporary presentation. Focused on sourcing high quality ingredients from across Yorkshire and the British Isles, the team has been working closely with local suppliers.

The bar will offer the perfect mix of traditional and modern drinks and includes the signature Amber’s margarita cocktail, which is inspired by her travels to South America. Dishes will include 28-day dry aged steaks Hereford breed Beef, sourced locally from Sykes House Farm, Wetherby, Roasted Gressingham Duck breast and Sunday lunches with all the trimmings. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes will also be available.

Lauren Milner, Director of Studio Two commented: “From receiving the call to work on this project, we were intrigued! Being local to Harrogate, we’re really excited to be creating a space in such an iconic venue for the town. We’ve been inspired by its history and using its ornate detailing from the past has been a tremendous opportunity for the designs. We’ve looked closely at how the restaurant will benefit the existing hotel and vice versa and we want to create an environment that feels homely and inviting for every guest.

We pushed the boundaries with colours and fabrics to add true personality to Amber and the space, exploring patterns and colour choices that are designed to tell a story, allowing for different elements of the interior’s choices to be explored again and again at each guest visit. We are really excited to see how Amber’s benefits both the local community and Cedar Court residents.”

Steve Collinson, Group Executive Chef, Cedar Court Hotel: “Developing the food offering for the Amber’s restaurant has been a real journey of discovery around local suppliers as we are keen to create a range of classic and high quality Yorkshire dishes with contemporary and stylish presentation that will fit perfectly with the new restaurant and private dining space.

This is a great opportunity to bring the ideas of the team and the local inspiration together, my personal favourite will be seeing the restaurant serving a Sunday Lunch that we will enjoy providing and I know the local Harrogate residents and our guests will love.”

Cedar Court Harrogate is part of the Cedar Court Hotel Group and Yorkshire’s largest independent collection of four-star hotels. The hotel is currently undergoing a £500k transformation to its dining space.

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