Bar to open near new Jamie’s Italian in Harrogate

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By Tom Hay

The company which runs Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Harrogate plans to open a second venue in the town this summer.

Arc Inspirations, based in Leeds, has picked the spot below the forthcoming Jamie’s Italian on Parliament Street for its new bar and restaurant, The Pit.

It’s currently slated to open in June, as the third branch of the chain - branches of The Pit already exist in Leeds city centre and Chapel Allerton.

Food-wise, they specialise in meaty, smoky, rib-sticking Americana, like Philly Fries, Po’ Boy sandwiches, ribs and lobster and a big range of burgers. As for the drinks, there’s an emphasis on craft beer, cocktails and milkshakes.

The Leeds and Chapel Allerton venues also boast table tennis and table football between them, so here’s hoping that’ll be on offer in Harrogate too.

It’s certainly good news that there’s another craft beer venue coming to town.

The Old Bell and the Swan on the Stray had been getting a bit lonely propping up that scene on their own, but with The Harrogate Tap and Major Tom’s Social now also flying the flag for interesting ales, there’ll soon be enough of them for a full pub crawl.

The Pit will be the 12th venue for the expanding Arc Inspirations, which also runs a branch of Banyan in York, Kobe in Horsforth and three bars in Headingley.