Eating out in Harrogate

Starling Independent Beer & Coffee House

We may be rather late on the scene but Harrogate has a new(ish) coffee bar and we paid it a visit today.

Starling independent beer and coffee house opened in late 2016 with the intention of creating ‘a space which is equally as comfortable for a coffee and a bacon sarnie first thing, as it is for a pint or a gin and tonic in the evening’.

Dashing in from the pouring rain we received a warm welcome from the barista. We were shown a place to store the pram and told about the children’s area upstairs, as well as hearing about the single origin coffees on offer.The coffees were enticingly presented in a V60 filter with a card on how to ensure the perfect brew.

All the coffee is from Dark Woods roastery and I chose the Panama, which has just been awarded a Great Taste award. I initially reached for the milk as I rarely drink coffee black, however the barista encouraged me to try it first and I was so glad I did. The coffee was fruity and smooth without a hint of bitterness and definitely didn’t require any milk. The greedy husband had the citrusy Ethiopian which was equally as delicious. 

Starling’s is well worth a visit for the coffee alone, however they also serve craft beers, interesting cocktails and a very tempting food menu. They also hold comedy and music nights. 

I’m particularly keen to try the poutine – a Canadian bar snack of french fries topped with curd cheese and gravy. 

Whilst enjoying my coffee I browsed a copy of the Harrogate Review and found an article on supporting Harrogate’s independent businesses. They requested that whenever we enjoy a quality indie experience we celebrate them loudly, passionately and publicly. We hope our blog goes some way to doing this for Starling.

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