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Top rated Harrogate restaurant Norse admits future is 'under threat'

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Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:35am 4th January 2018. (Updated at 2:31pm 4th January 2018)

One of Harrogate's highly rated independent restaurants has revealed its future is under threat.

In a post on its website, the owner of Norse, which is based on Swan Road, say they're in danger of closing 'in the not too distant future'.

Paul Rawlinson describes their decision to go public as a 'gamble' but says there is just about enough time to turn things around.

The Restaurant started out as a cafe in the centre of town in 2014 before moving to new bigger premises early last year.

In the post, the restaurant format is highlighted as their main problem, rather than the opening of other new restaurants in town.

Paul said: "Behind the scenes I have been struggling in the knowledge that the numbers haven't been adding up for us.

"It's primarily my job to convince people to step through our doors, and they haven’t been doing that in large enough numbers.

"There have been some new openings and pressures within the market, but all restaurants have to deal with those, I’ve just not got the formula right."

Even so, it will add to the list of independent restauraunts who are struggling, or have simply given up, in a town which has recently seen a flurry of new chain restaurants.

As part of their survival plans, Norse has unveiled a new 'classic' starter/main/dessert menu and will ditch their previously policy of offering small plates.

It has also decided to play down slightly its nordic influence, describing its style as 'modern food using Yorkshire produce'.

Top food critic, and regular on the One Show, Jay Rayner is among those to give Norse his backing.

In a post on social media, he said: "I loved Norse in Harrogate when I reviewed it, and now they're being honest about the challenges they're facing.

"pls [sic] give 'em your support by eating there."

Harrogate was recently named 12th in Harden's 100 Best Restaurants ranking, showing the towns and cities with the largest number of high scoring restaurants in the UK.

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