Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub Finalists 2018

The Carpenters Arms as many of you know got through to the finals of  Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub in association with Yorkshire Post.

This is an amazing achievement by everyone involved at The Carpenters Arms, without their hard work and high expectations this wouldn’t have been achieved. Congratulations once again.

Here is our certificate

The Carpenters Arms Shortlisted for White Rose Award

We are thrilled to hear that we have been selected as a finalist for this year’s White Rose Awards in the category ‘Inns & Restaurant Rooms’. Hard work and dedication pays off! Well done to all the other finalists, the winner will be announced at the award ceremony on Monday 12th November. The Awards recognise the very best of this county’s thriving tourism industry including pubs and restaurants, food and drink, hotels and caravan sites, visitor attractions, cultural events and customer service.

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“The White Rose Awards are the largest and most prestigious in the UK’s hospitality and tourism industry and we have some really exciting finalists this year from both new and established businesses. The awards are a brilliant opportunity to shine the spotlight on the fantastic experiences to be had in Yorkshire. As well as the coveted gongs expect a night of first class entertainment – an event not to be missed!”

Professor Colin Mellor, Chair of the White Rose Award Judges
, said:

“Winning a White Rose Award is a real accolade for Yorkshire’s tourism businesses and the task of shortlisting has been harder than ever. The standard of entries has been exceptional which is evidenced by the strength of the shortlists. It is testimony to the remarkable range and quality of the region’s tourism offer. With such tough competition, and a record 170 entries, selecting the winners this year is going to be extremely difficult.”

Thank you to everyone for all your continued support.

Warrendale Wagyu

At Provenance Inns, we aim to provide our guests with the finest locally sourced produce.

That is why we have collaborated with Warrendale Wagyu to make our Black and Blue Yorkshire Wagyu Burger, Harrogate Blue, Skinny Fries, Black Sheep Beer Battered Onion Rings, Yorkshire Relish & Pickles.

Warrendale Wagyu from York was established in 2017 and is one of the largest wagyu herds in the UK, consisting of both full blood and cross bred wagyu beef. Wagyu beef is a softer, more flavoursome meat and contains a higher percentage of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, making it a healthier product as well.

The Harrogate Hospitality Awards

Harrogate’s hospitality heroes were rewarded for their excellence and commitment on the 4th June during a gala dinner with a theme celebrating the best the town has to offer at Harrogate’s Royal Hall.

The Harrogate Hospitality and Tourism Awards aim to promote the town’s hospitality offering through celebrating and rewarding those individuals who show the highest levels of commitment and strive towards excellence on the town’s behalf.

Provenance Inns would like to congratulate Laura Fell, The West Park Hotel, who won the award for Outstanding Customer Service which was sponsored by Slingsby gin. This award was thoroughly deserved. Well done Laura!

New Managing Director Appointed

We are pleased to welcome our new Managing Director Rupert Farquharson.

Provenance Inns has appointed a new managing director as the seven-strong gastropub and hotel operator gears up for the next phase of its growth.

Rupert Farquharson was most recently managing director of Norfolk brewer Woodforde’s, and in a 25-year career has also held roles with Adnams, where he was retail director, as well as with Bass Brewers, Diageo and the Wine Society.

Chris Blundell, chairman and co-founder of North Yorkshire-based Provenance Inns, said Farquharson’s experience would be “invaluable” in “maintaining the impeccably high service and quality standards that mark out our existing pubs and hotels” in the competitive hospitality market, as well as “ensuring that we are ready to make the most of new opportunities”.

Farquharson added: “Provenance Inns has established a strong reputation as a leading hospitality operator, both across our trading area and nationally, and the opportunity to be part of this hugely professional team, both at senior level and in each of the pubs and hotels, is wonderful.

“In a market where consumers have more choice than ever, and the economic outlook is likely to challenge us, I’ve had to hit the ground running. However, I’m confident that we will continue to take Provenance Inns from strength to strength.”

Provenance Inns was founded in 2010 by Blundell, a former director of supermarket group Morrisons, and Michael Ibbotson, who stepped down as managing director earlier this year. The company currently has 275 employees and a turnover of about £10m.

The seven businesses in the Provenance Inns portfolio are: The Black Bull Inn, Moulton; the Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk; the Crown & Cushion, Welburn; the Oak Tree, Helperby; the Punch Bowl, Marton cum Grafton; the West Park Hotel, Harrogate; and the most recent addition, the Cleveland Tontine, Staddlebridge, acquired in 2016.

9th Acquisition for Provenance Hotel Group

Provenance Inns & Hotels are thrilled to announce the addition of the renowned North Yorkshire inn, the Cleveland Tontine, to the award-winning group, bringing our portfolio to a total of nine sites including the West Park Hotel, in North Yorkshire.

With seven 5-star rated recently-refurbished bedrooms, the Tontine, located between Northallerton and Stokesley, has a long established reputation for fine dining and has been acquired in line with Provenance Inns’ strategy of providing locally-sourced food at the heart of the communities it serves.

Chairman Chris Blundell said: “The Cleveland Tontine has built an excellent reputation over a number of years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to build upon this. We will be exploring the possibilities of creating more bedrooms, while underpinning its standing as a fine-dining establishment by offering our own seasonal and locally-sourced produce.”

Director Michael Ibbotson said: “We know that customers, both old and new, will have high expectations and we are committed to delivering the best possible experience.”

Please direct all enquiries to info@provenanceinns.com.

For more information about the Cleveland Tontine www.theclevelandtontine.co.uk.

As seen in The Independent

The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk near Thirsk has been chosen as one of the top 10 best British hotel discoveries of 2016 according to the Independent newspaper as it showcased the Good Hotel Guide’s recent Editor’s Choice Awards.

View the full article here

Exciting News! The Carpenters Arms Awarded Editor’s Choice New Discovery

We are very excited to share the news! The Good Hotel Guide, an independent accommodation guide showcasing the best luxury and boutique hotels across the UK, selects 10 new discoveries each year and we are very proud to announce the guide has awarded The Carpenters Arms one of its Editor’s Choice ‘Best Discoveries’ for 2016 describing the inn as ”outstanding: the bedrooms are stunning and well thought out; the cooking highlighted the freshest of ingredients.’

To celebrate come and enjoy a bottle of fizz on us when you book an overnight stay at The Carpenters Arms throughout October & November 2015!

T&C’s: Call 01845 537369 or email enquiries@thecarpentersarmsfelixkirk.com to book and quote ‘Good Hotel Guide Award’. Subject to availability and not in conjunction with any other offer. One bottle of Prosecco per booking.

Provenance Yorkshire Steakhouse Brand Launches

Provenance Inns is thrilled to announce the addition of a new brand to our existing portfolio of high quality award winning country inns and luxury boutique hotel. The first Yorkshire Steakhouse & Grill will open on 12th March 2015 at the Oak Tree Inn in Helperby, North Yorkshire.

A significant feature of our new brand launch is a £10,000 investment in a two-tonne, 400 degree wood burning oven, which will produce a large variety of deliciously chargrilled meat, fish and seafood served-up with a healthy side of salads or vegetables.

Michael Ibbotson, Director of Provenance Inns & Hotels, said; “The introduction of our new brand, the Yorkshire Steakhouse, in addition to our country inns and boutique hotel will provide us with three very distinct areas for future growth. By creating three distinct brands it will enable us to market our businesses separately and more effectively whilst ensuring our quality, service levels and F&B components are finely tuned in accordance with each market.” “Provenance Inns is renowned for its quality and innovation. This investment fulfils our pledge to our customers to deliver the best local produce, cooked to perfection in a comfortable yet stylish environment.”

Best Hotel Interior Design Award

Style Contracts, the design company who, in collaboration with Averil Blundell Interior Design and Bowman Riley Architects, transformed the West Park into a stunning boutique restaurant, bar and hotel, have received the prestigious Best Hotel Interior Design award at the recent Northern Design Awards held on 21st November 2014.

Katie McCarthy, design director for Style Contracts said…

“Flanked by boutique shops and a gourmet deli, this site was in a prime location and needed to reflect the prestigious nature of the Stray. With a sophisticated population in Harrogate and the association of a destination spa town, luxury and comfort were key shapers of our design. Style Contracts developed and manufactured bespoke restaurant, bar and bedroom furniture along with the bar areas and specialist joinery products. Super long chesterfields gave a plush feel for dining in the bar and mobile booth seating suited the client’s need to change around the layouts.

For the bedrooms, we designed and produced bespoke furniture to create a luxury town house feel – deeply padded fluted headboards, bespoke armchairs, coffee tables with turned legs and desk drawers fronted in stone veneers. The wooden finishes were all painted in a classic Farrow and Ball grey to create a calm feel to the rooms and unify the 9 schemes for the client’s own chosen bedroom fabrics.

Provenance Inns have an award winning reputation as a traditional Yorkshire inn collection so we were keen to bring a hint of traditionalism to the concept. We created a bespoke design fretwork with a gentlemanly style circular pattern which is the feature wall upon entering the restaurant. This was echoed in the reception desk and the bar frontage. A former alleyway with stone archways was incorporated into the restaurant with brass orb lights reminiscent of traditional street lighting. A wine wall with a backdrop of natural stone referencing Yorkshire’s countryside stone dry walls encloses a library of wine lockers to give a sense of home for the regular customer with a taste for more expensive wines and spirits.

A wall feature inspired by the Harrogate Stray was designed and fabricated, with abstract leaf patterns laser cut out of corten steel. Corten steel was chosen to juxtapose against the traditional elements already present in the design. Once artificially rusted it created a beautiful rust marbled into the duller tones of the corten. In front of this, we hung cage pendants and individual laser cut filigree style copper oak leaves intertwining amongst the cables to create a modern chandelier whilst bringing aspects of the iconic stray parkland into play.”

For further information please visit www.stylecontracts.com and www.northerndesignawards.com/winners.