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News release - Issued by The Grand Hotel & Spa

First Look at York’s Latest Dining Destination

Modern in design and rich in heritage, The Rise is York’s newest ‘small plate’ dining concept due to open next month

Set to open June 2017, ‘The Rise’ is the latest venture from The Grand Hotel & Spa, York, serving modern cuisine across a new ‘small plate’ concept, allowing guests to enjoy a feast of sharing dishes in an immersive and social dining experience.

Committed to serving the best seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients, the menu at The Rise will offer a twist on British favourites from award-winning chef, Craig Atchinson.

Diners can also expect local beers and ales, a hand-selected wine offering, signature cocktails as well as live music.

Overlooking the historic York City Walls, The Rise will be a vibrant, all-day dining destination aimed at a diverse clientele, from the local community and city professionals to domestic and international tourists.

Envisioned by design practice, Twenty2 Degrees, the restaurant interiors have been inspired by York’s local heritage, creating a soft industrial dining room, combined with an open kitchen, cocktail bar and heated garden terrace; perfect for alfresco dining throughout the year.

The 130-cover restaurant will become part of a £15m expansion project for The Grand Hotel & Spa, which will also see the addition of 101 bedrooms when a new accommodation wing opens later this year. When complete, the development will double the number of five-star rooms in York, from 107 to 208, generating an additional £1.7 million of annual visitor expenditure for the local economy.

Philip Bolson, General Manager of The Grand Hotel & Spa, York said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for those of us working here in the hotel amid our expansion and development.

“The Rise will be a fantastic addition to the city’s diverse range of dining and entertainment options, and we can promise great food, signature drinks, exceptional service and live music in an environment which we believe will become a firm favourite for locals, visitors and tourists alike.

“The countdown to the opening of Rise is now on and this will be followed later this year by the addition of our new accommodation wing.”

The Grand Hotel & Spa, York, is the only five-star hotel in Yorkshire as designed by the AA’s national star ratings scheme, the Hotel Quality Standards.

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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.
Hudson’s, the hotel’s three AA rosette restaurant, serves an imaginative menu, showcasing the finest local and seasonal produce. The Rise, its terrace restaurant and bar will open in June, while 101 new rooms will be added later in 2017.
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 20 hotels with over 2000 bedrooms. 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 the five-star Conrad London St James as well as Yorkshire’s only five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel & Spa in York.

For further information

Contact Ali Gritt ( or Amy Miller ( in The Grand Hotel & Spa press office 0800 4 10 20 10.