Pub and accommodation relaunch this month

A Harrogate neighborhood pub is set to reopen next Wednesday – May 26 – under the direction of new owners.

The Inn South Stainley was purchased by partners Graham Usher and Matt Rose, who have ambitious plans to breathe new life into the premises.

They not only aim to make it a must-see destination for lovers of good food and real beers, but also a great place to spend the night, as well as a venue for weddings and other functions.

The hostel will be managed by their hospitality consulting firm, MATTGRAY Hospitality. Launched in January 2019, the company already operates two successful pubs: the Castle Inn at Cawood and the Drovers Arms, Skipwith, both in Selby.

The previous owners of The Inn South Stainley, which last closed in March 2020, had invested more than £ 1.5million in converting the original stand-alone building into eight luxury rooms, the refurbishment complete interior of the pub and the creation of four other luxury guests. rooms on its first floor.

Usher and Rose brought longtime Drovers boss Shane White with them and recruited Chris Lawton as their new GM.

Starting next Wednesday, the venue, which will be open to overnight guests, will serve gourmet meals, drinks and snacks.

As more members join the reception and kitchen teams, there are plans to open the restaurant and reception hall in July.

Usher and Rose have plans for two tipis with fire pits, which will be located in different parts of the hostel’s expansive grounds to accommodate a range of private functions.

Graham Usher said: “Over the past couple of years we’ve been looking for at least one more ad for MATTGRAY Hospitality to run, however, there was nothing that really caught our attention and then Covid hit.

“For nine months we put all our thoughts on the back burner, but at the start of the year we started looking again, and that’s where The Inn South Stainley caught our attention.

“It was exactly what we were looking for. It had been recently refurbished to a very high standard and included bedrooms. And with the No 36 Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds bus stop right outside, it’s ideal for staff and for customers who want to leave the car at home.

Rose added, “The Inn South Stainley is an incredibly exciting prospect for us. It will be the largest place managed by MATTGRAY Hospitality, and the first to have accommodation.

“There are so many things we want to do here, but we want to do it right, so opening up gradually.

“A lot of people still call it by its old name, The Red Lion, and say it’s the place to go to eat and drink.

“Our intention is to make this well-known pub a must-see destination for those who enjoy great food, great drinks and a great atmosphere.”

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