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Spotlight On: Cold Bath Road

The Cold Bath Road area is one of the most charming and attractive areas in our town.

Nicknamed “Little Notting Hill” it is bristling with a diverse range of wonderful independent stores, cafes, delis and more all nestled within an area full of delightful properties giving it a really lovely, village feel. There is a real sense of community in this area which is located adjacent to the Valley Gardens.

One of the jewel’s in Harrogate’s crown and with a mixture of disc parking and free parking within easy walking distance, it’s the perfect place for a visitor to get a real feel for the beauty of Harrogate whilst providing a range of amenities for local people.

Highlights of the area for families include the fabulous Vanilli’s icecream, Hopscotch Shoes and Tiger Fifty 7 plus the close proximity of both the Stray and Valley Gardens means there’s only a short walk before the kids can run off some energy.

The road has a plethora of fabulous places to eat so you will be spoiled for choice. William and Victoria’s has been a fixture at the bottom of Cold Bath Road for many years and continues to provide excellent service and stunning food. Further up the road you have La Feria and Fisk. For less formal dining you can’t do better than the fabulous Cold Bath Deli, serving a range of delicious meals and snacks, perfect for a relaxed evening eating out with friends. For a very family friendly dining experience, try Tilly Peppers, and for a traditional take out treat, there is Olivers Fish and Chips situated close to the school about half way up the road.

If it is bakeries you are looking for, Manna Bakery is home to some of the most delicious breads, doughnuts and cakes in Harrogate and the well known and long-established Lancaster’s Bakery is also close by. Founded in 1906 the latter is valued fixture in the Harrogate landscape.

If it is outdoor pursuits that capture your interest, Prologue Cycling is toward the bottom of the hill and provides the serious cyclist with everything they could need. If you are looking for cycles for the whole family then hidden away behind the main road, is Resurrection Bikes, where you can purchase refurbished cycles which are perfect for children or adults, allowing the whole family access to cycling.

Located at the foot of the hill, White Stone Ski store provides all you could need for fun in the snow, and if your preference is for traditional country pursuits, then pop along to Brown Trout, situated further up the hill.

Cold Bath Road is also home to some fabulous hair and beauty salons, including Dangerfield and Keane, as well as a divine vintage clothing store, Catherine Smith Vintage, and pre-loved clothing store Still Gorgeous.

Your home need not feel overlooked either, for along the road you can purchase flooring, fireplaces, blinds and curtains, fitted furniture, antique furniture and even painted furniture. The Aladdins cave that is Illingworths Hardware store stocks most things you might need to use around the house and garden.

Add in the small supermarket, florist, interior design store, dry cleaners, pharmacy, pub and school, and you can see how you could spend a whole day there. Those who live in the area need only take a few steps outside their door to find almost anything they might need, right there on their road. And with such a rich history and beautiful architecture, it is no wonder that this area has a reputation as a really great place to live and to run a business.

The business community in the area have their own Twitter handle, @ColdBathRoad allowing you to keep up to date with what’s going on in this vibrant, varied and attractive part of our town. Why not follow both the area and the individual businesses. I know they’d love it if you did.