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News release - Issued by The Grand Hotel & Spa York

A Grand Viking Feast

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York – Yorkshire’s only AA-rated five-star hotel – is celebrating Jorvik Viking Festival (12-18th February) and will be treating York visitors and locals to a feast like no other at ‘The Grand Viking Feast’.

On Thursday 16th February, guests are invited to an evening of feasting and fun. Created by award-winning Head Chef Craig Atchinson, the feast is designed to illustrate the best of contemporary Nordic cuisine. Visitors will be able to indulge on smoked loin of middle white pork with pickled turnips, honey and mead dressing, salmon and dill gravadlax with baked beets, dill and sweet mustard, salad oxogarita and sour dough with butter for starters. For main course there will be Viking lamb leg, beef and corn-fed chicken with honey glazed carrots, rutabaga cubes, fenkel in soppes and roasted new potatoes, all presented on large sharing platters in the centre of the table.

The Grand Viking Feast will commence at 7pm with a toast of Mead to Thor, the God of thunder followed by beautiful Norse-inspired live music. During the evening, visitors will also be able to view re-enactments of Viking sword-fighting and learn their different techniques.

The feast will take place in The Grand Boardroom, which will be decorated with heather flowers, fur throws, along with longboats created by children from Hob Moor Oaks School.

Philip Bolson, General Manager at The Grand Hotel & Spa, said: “We are delighted to get involved in Jorvik Viking Festival this February and celebrate our Viking heritage in York. There is no doubt that the Vikings enjoyed tasty, hearty meals at the end of the day, which is why we wanted to host the ultimate feast for Viking warriors and enthusiasts alike.

“Our Chef, Craig Atchinson has created a fantastic feast for all to enjoy and we have some fantastic entertainment to take you through the whole night. We look forward to welcoming everyone on 16th February for an evening of feasting, fun and all things Vikings.”

The Grand Hotel & Spa will be offering Viking inspired cocktails throughout the Jorvik Viking Festival and those who show their official Viking Festival ticket will receive 25% off food at The Rise Restaurant.

The Grand Viking Feast is £75 per person and includes a drink on arrival, along with a three-course meal. The event is adults only and booking is necessary as spaces are limited. To book or for more information, please call 01904 891 643 or email For more information or to book a stay at The Grand, visit


Notes to Editors

About The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York, is part of the Splendid Hospitality Group. The hotel, which is York’s first five-star hotel and the only AA five-star rated hotel in Yorkshire, offers 107 elegant guestrooms and a full luxury experience.
The Grant Hotel boasts two restaurants: The Rise, its newly-opened terrace restaurant and bar which serves small plates designed for sharing and a variety of local beers and ales, and Hudson’s, the hotel’s three-AA-rosette fine dining restaurant, which re-opened in August 2017.

The Grand Hotel is currently undergoing a £15 million redevelopment. In addition to the two new restaurants, an additional 100 new rooms will be opened in winter 2017/18.

This stunning £25m hotel opened in May 2010 following the extensive refurbishment of the former North Eastern Railway headquarters – one of York’s most iconic Edwardian buildings. The building opened in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for what was then one of the most powerful public companies in the country. Today it is the region’s leading luxury hotel and has established a global reputation for its first-class service, stylish bedrooms and unique historic atmosphere.

About Splendid Hospitality Group

Splendid Hospitality Group is the operator and developer of a portfolio of 19 hotels with over 2000 bedrooms and more than 900 staff (known as ‘family members’). It is one of the UK's fastest growing privately-owned hotel groups which has made a name for itself through the design, construction and operation of a full range of hotel styles and locations across the UK, ranging from limited service to luxury. The group enjoys the support of major brands such as IHG, Choice, Accor and Hilton. The portfolio includes Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel & Spa in York and Hilton London Bankside in the heart of London’s Bankside.

For further information

Contact Ali Gritt ( or Danielle Kaye ( in The Grand Hotel & Spa press office on 0800 4 10 20 10.