The dining area has been given a spritely facelift with an all-glass side aspect opening onto a terrace that will be a great summer sundowner location looking over fine views of Nidderdale. There are no starched white table cloths in sight - this is a relaxed area where one group can settle in for a three course lunch while their neighbours devour a slice of homemade cake and a hot chocolate.
Sensibly, The Glasshouse has begun with a simple tapas-style menu which the owners say, will evolve in the coming months. The French onion soup was so good and comforting that it was an immediate hit of Hygge. Meanwhile the follow-on dishes of crispy haddock goujons and lamb kofta were generous; no mean-spirited platefuls here, just good old smiley Yorkshire hospitality with a touch of finesse (expect truffle mayo rather than ketchup with the skinny chips).
For anyone wanting to hold a group gathering, their self-catering accommodation is also due to open on-site and as the new owners have a great restaurant-with-rooms pedigree, the quality should be pretty good. Suffice to say, we’re going back again in the evening so we think it’s worth keeping an eye on The Birch Tree as it settles into its new facelift and the accommodation opens. Amanda Brown