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Iconic Knaresborough restaurant set to re-open under new owners

Iconic Knaresborough restaurant set to re-open under new owners

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:26am 7th June 2020. (Updated at 1:26pm 24th June 2020)

Leeds based catering company 'Bears Pantry' have bought Carriages after it closed earlier this year.

  • In February, previous owners David and Jo Straker announced their decision to close 'with genuine sadness'.
  • At the time, they said they'd tried to turn things round after a 'tough' couple of years.
  • But now it's been revealed that 'Bears Pantry' have bought the restaurant and are planning to re-open it.

Well-known Knaresborough restaurant Carriages announced it was closing it's doors earlier this year.

In February, previous owners David and Jo Straker said they'd tried to turn the business around, but had been battling against high rents and low footfall.

They also own the William and Victoria in Harrogate, but said they were 'devastated' to be pulling out of Knaresborough.

But now, in a glimmer of good news for the town's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, it's been revealed that Leeds-based catering company 'Bears Pantry' have taken over the restaurant and are working towards it's re-opening.

John Dixon (left) with Sam Pullan (right) at the Bear at Carriages
John Dixon (left) with Sam Pullan (right) at the Bear at Carriages

Sam Pullan from 'Bears Pantry' said:

“We had been on the hunt for a suitable venue to get up and running for some time but nothing suitable came up. We heard about Carriages closure and decided to investigate, despite the fact that coronavirus had already dealt a devastating blow to the hospitality sector.

"The Grade II listed building in a prime location in Knaresborough presented the perfect opportunity to us and with the backing of private investors, we are renovating and updating while still retaining the charm and character of the building that has appealed to visitors for many years.”

They announced the news in this post on their Facebook page: