Are you visiting Harrogate for Home & Gift 2015 this weekend?...
If so here's The GBE's guide to where we love to eat, drink and shop in our home town.
For coffee and light bites Hoxton North is just a hop across the road from the Harrogate International Centre on Parliament Street, you will also find the delightful gift emporium Bijouled where you can find unique gifts and jewelled treasures galore. Baltzersens is a Scandanavian inspired coffee house by day and becomes Norse by night, offering a Nordic culinery experience, their cinnamon buns are one of our favourite treats and they can be found on Oxford Street. La Maison du Cafe is another of our favourite independent coffee shops located on John Street opposite Pitcher & Piano as is Bean & Bud on Commercial Street, all of which are in quick walking distance from Home & Gift.
For evening feasts head to La Feria on Royal Parade if you fancy a Spanish inspired free-range chicken rotisserie or Stuzzi is a buzzing, Italian tapas style restaurant opposite the HIC. Both are favourites with the team here at GBE as is Major Tom's Social on The Ginnel which is above the infamous vintage store Space and if you are looking to sample local ale we highly recommend The Old Bell Tavern located near Harrogate's Royal Pump Room and Valley Gardens.
If you're looking to escape the exhibition madness and need some fresh air the Valley Gardens is a perfect retreat and if you venture to the top of the award winning gardens you will find Vanilli's Ice Cream Parlour and Lancaster's Bakery on Cold Bath Road, both of which will satisfy any need for something sweet or a peck-ish appetite. Also on Cold Bath Road you will find the newly opened Fit Harrogate where you can find sportswear for men and women so should you need to burn off the thrills of Home & Gift they will be more than happy to kit you out!
If you're lucky enough to have time to explore the town centre we would recommend a venture up Parliament Street where you will find the Westminster Arcade featuring the recently opened menswear retailer Mr Smithers and the exquisite traditional toy shop The Rocking Horse. Pookie on Cheltenham Crescent is a women's fashion retailer offering various price points and great essentials for those emergency moments or special 'pick-me-up' treats. Owl, again on Parliament Street is a great place to find something special, whether its men's or women's fashions or home accessories and Hoopers is a nostalgic department store set over four floors located on James Street.
If you're looking for a last minute floral display Caines' is the destination to head for on John Street and the Traditional Sweet Shop has delightful treats from floor to ceiling to entice visitors to your stand.
We'd like to wish everyone visiting Harrogate for Home & Gift 2015 a thoroughly enjoyable visit to our beautiful home town and we hope you find our guide to our local independent businesses helpful.
You'll be able to find us in Design Point Debut & Spotlight at stand G112 so please come say hello!