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You Can Now Dine In A Glass Restaurant Overlooking A 80ft Gorge In Yorkshire

You Can Now Dine In A Glass Restaurant Overlooking A 80ft Gorge In Yorkshire

If you're a foodie and a thrill seeker, we have the perfect experience for you.

You can now dine at a glass restaurant in Yorkshire, which overlooks an 80-foot gorge formed during the last ice age - at least 10,000 years ago.

It's perfect for foodies and thrill seekers! (Credit: PA)
It's perfect for foodies and thrill seekers! (Credit: PA)

The Vista Bistro at the How Stean Gorge features all-glass wall and floor panels, allowing guests to experience the "majestic views" below.

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The beauty spot has even been dubbed "Little Switzerland" and is led by a new chef, Jowyane Marshall (who has cooked for the likes of Mary Berry no less!) from former Michelin Star restaurant, Yorke Arms in Ramsgill.

He said: "It was a phenomenal experience working at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms under Frances Atkins.

"I cooked for celebrities like Mary Berry and appeared on Saturday Kitchen. I'm always ambitious. Unlike London that's saturated with chefs, there's real opportunity here to carve a reputation and dining experience, meet customers and hear their feedback.

"The menu is small and simple, more gastro-pub - we're keeping it simple with locally-sourced produce. Going forward, I'd love to achieve a rosette for the new bistro."

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The restaurant is also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme (Credit: SWNS)
The restaurant is also taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme (Credit: SWNS)

The restaurant is nestled in Nidderdale, in North Yorkshire and borders the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The area has attracted millions of visitors over the last 100 years and offers outdoors activities such as gorge scrambling, caving, canoeing as well as canyoning down the highest waterfall in England.

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But the pandemic has seriously impacted business and now, Stan Beer, who owns the beauty spot along with his wife Anne, says he hopes the restaurant will offer something a little different for visitors.

"Now diners can experience the majestic views without a hard hat or wet suit! It's a boutique bistro with a remarkable difference. We wanted the food to be as special as the view," he said.

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The gorge has been dubbed 'little Switzerland' (Credit: PA)
The gorge has been dubbed 'little Switzerland' (Credit: PA)
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"COVID-19 hit us hard as bread and butter clients such as hen and stag dos, corporate training events and school trips closed, so we decided to think outside the box and do something differently to survive this.

"When the Yorke Arms changed direction, there was an opportunity to hire one of its very talented chefs, Jowyane.

"It's a chance to continue the hard-won culinary reputation of the area. The virus has messed everything up, and we can't afford the venue to be empty over the winter. This is an exciting and magical way to support rural business.

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It's set on an 80ft gorge in Yorkshire (Credit: PA)
It's set on an 80ft gorge in Yorkshire (Credit: PA)

"The whole place is lit up at night, it's really special. Even after all these years here, there's a spot further up the gorge that still blows my mind away, where it's literally vertical on both sides. When you're there you're not in Britain.

"The Victorians used to call it 'Little Switzerland'."

And the best part is, the restaurant is participating in the Eat Out to Help Out, with a 50 per cent discount available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31 August. Get booking, guys!

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Life News, Tasty Food, Food And Drink

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Lucy Devine

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