Over the last couple of years Cold Bath Deli has become an institution on the ever-popular Cold Bath Road. Known affectionately as the Notting Hill of Harrogate amongst locals, it boasts a buzzing selection of indie shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.
The deli was beautifully converted from what was once a fruit and vegetable shop, it has a large open and covered terrace and has retained the original tiles and many features of its previous incarnations. Ideally situated just a stone’s throw from Valley Gardens, the Deli serves both takeouts for park picnics, and sit-down breakfast and lunches to candle lit evening drinks and sharing platters. If you fancy kicking off the weekend early you can drop in on Thursdays for their ‘Little Friday’ evenings when they bundle great food and paired wines together at superb prices.
We are very fortunate to live close by and the Deli is where we pop in for takeaway sandwiches, fresh salads and to pick up our weekly supply of Street Lane bakery bagels and Baltherzens delicious sourdough. It also became our Lockdown savour, when they tweaked the layout to make the most of the covered terrace providing food basics, as well as takeaway coffee, bread and cakes in a Covid safe environment, always served with a smile during those difficult times.
The deli is now under new ownership who are keen to maintain the fantastic reputation and standards of the lunch service, but also want to grow the wine bar side of the business as a destination to while away an evening whilst sampling the many cocktails on offer and to make your way through the extensive and interesting wine list over delicious dishes from the evening menu, including: cheese boards, baked camembert, pork pie selection and chicken liver paté on toast.
The new menu has retained the now classic cold sandwiches and we were glad to see our favourite ‘Cold Bath New Delhi’ - roast chicken with lime pickle and the B.L.T with sriracha mayo had made the final cut. One of the new additions was loaded potato skins stuffed with chorizo and smoked gruyere cheese, served with a choice of deli salads, which took Mick’s eye. He decided to have this along with a broccoli slaw and Scandi style beetroot salad, which made a perfect partner to the truly loaded skins! I went for one of the classic’s Croque monsieur which is made using their ciabatta style roll with Yorkshire ham and plenty of mustard accompanied by a dressed green leaf salad. This French dish is perfect for the Bistro style of the terrace, with its Parisian style cafe chairs and tables. The terrace faces the road and is perfect for people watching whilst slipping your coffee or glass of wine.
On an evening you are transported to the South Bank, when the Deli serves a wide range of wine, beer and cocktails from a menu created by Paul Fogarty, also known as ‘The Apertif Guy’. There’s a secret garden tucked around the back, providing additional seating and an atmospheric and peaceful spot to catch up with friends and enjoy a glass or two. The terrace and garden are also perfect for your four-legged friends who are welcomed with a supply of fresh water and a gravy bone biscuit for well-behaved pooches. As we walked home, we chatted about lunch and concluded that we are sure the Deli will continue to be ours and Harrogate’s local favourite for many years to come.
Cold Bath Deli
36 Cold Bath Road,
Harrogate HG2 0NA
Tel. 01423 503815