Hotel turns 'pop-up' while kitchen is revamped

A top Yorkshire hotel is opening a pop-up kitchen as part of a novel way to ensure it can continue serving food while it undergoes a major kitchen refurbishment.

The award-winning Grassington House Hotel is investing £100,000 to revamp its kitchen but rather than close the property for two weeks while the transformation takes place, the owners are embracing a new temporary dining experience.

From today until Thursday 22 January, a ‘pop-up’ kitchen will be created in the hotel’s dining room, allowing guests to see chefs preparing their meals.

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Owner and head chef, John Rudden, has put together a special five-course set menu, with spaces available for up to 24 diners per night during the two weeks that the main kitchen is being refurbished.

Once the work is finished, the hotel will have access to a new state-of-the-art cooking facility featuring the latest energy efficient catering equipment.

Rudden told the Craven Herald & Pioneer: “We are very excited about the project, having worked hard for a long time to save the funds to invest in transforming the kitchen in this way.

“Induction cooking equipment will make it a much better environment for the staff, dramatically reducing the heat and energy consumption by half, as well as providing us with the facilities to endorse Grassington House as a world-class destination for dining.”

Since taking over the hotel in 2009, Rudden and his wife Susan have won a clutch of awards, including an AA five-star rating as a restaurant with rooms and two rosettes for food.

The kitchen refurbishment is being carried out by Lancashire-based CHR Equipment.

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