“ Address: 28 Swan Road / Harrogate / North Yorkshire / HG1 2SE / England „
The Orchid in Harrogate has established itself as the best Thai/Asian restaurant in the area by a country mile. Situated within the Studley Hotel it is an oasis that is hugely popular with locals who like the fact that it is hidden away from passing trade. The Studley Hotel itself is nothing to write home about but about 7 years ago the hotel was taken over by a Thai couple who set about transofrming the old run down hotel restaurant into a beautiful oriental eatery. The telling moment for me was when they first took over the hotel, it was just before Xmas and we had (for the first time ever) decided to give my Dad a Xmas day off and booked to eat at the Studley. Sadly for the new owners their chef didn't turn up on Xmas day and in fariness they weren't particularly au fait themselves with doing brussel sprouts. The result was disastrous but they wiped the bill clean (it was supposed to be about £80 per head!) but begged us to come back once the Orchid was up and running. Well we did and have been back many many times since.
The food is of superb quality and not overly priced for what you get. The Thia Green Curry is outstanding. As with a lot of restaurants from the genre you are able to see right in to the kitchens to watch Ken and Nelson perform their magic. The staff are extremely competent and friendly. When they introduced a £10 Sunday buffet there was almost an earthquake in Harrogate with all the stampeding punters, it's a great deal.
Avoid the hotel though unless you like really oldy worldy rooms
Serving Asian cuisine. Restaurant is part of the Studley Hotel