Bowcliffe Hosts Archbishop of York Youth Trust Event – with Special Guests Mary Berry and John Sentamu

Photo: Charlotte Graham

On Friday 17th May, we were honoured to host an incredible charity event in aid of The Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Over 70 guests were welcomed to Bowcliffe to enjoy a five-course menu designed and cooked by the Michelin-starred chef Frances Atkins of The Yorke Arms. Guests heard from students from St Johns CE Primary Academy in Brighouse and Bishop Young Academy in Seacroft as they shared their experiences of the Young Leaders Award (YLA). The students also took part in a cookery lesson from Frances Atkins and helped the Bowcliffe team serve canapés to attendees.

Photo: Charlotte Graham

Photo: Charlotte Graham

Renowned TV baker, Mary Berry and Archbishop John Sentamu were among the guests in attendance, and the evening raised a staggering £30,000 for the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable evening, the food and company outstanding! It was a joy and delight to hear from the young people what they have learned from their experience of the Young Leaders Award. Working together, thinking of others and serving their communities brings light into our world, and change for the better. Through the generosity and support of the guests this evening the Youth Trust will be able to reach more schools and encourage more young people to make a difference. Fantastic!

Photo: Charlotte Graham

The menu on the night was nothing short of magnificent, with a starter of Truffled Artichoke, Pea, Yuzu, Lobster and Cerviche of Scallop, which filled the room with the most divine aroma. Laudale Venison took centre stage for the main and was followed by a mouth-watering Basil, Gooseberry Parfait and Elderflower and Mary Berry’s Cappuccino Tart.

The Youth Trust aims to inspire generations of young leaders to change the world for the better by developing character and leadership skills.

Through the YLA, the Youth Trust has helped over 80,000 young people in 650 schools to learn and practice leadership skills.

An enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone involved for making the evening so memorable.

Michelin-Starred Frances Atkins Brings The Yorke Arms to Bowcliffe Hall for Two Exclusive Dates

Frances Atkins at Bowcliffe Hall

One of Yorkshire’s most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, The Yorke Arms, closed its doors last Friday to begin an incredible, sensitive refurbishment programme.

In what is a first for the restaurant, Frances Atkins and her team have confirmed that they will be bringing the most exquisite food & drink right here to Bowcliffe for two exclusive dates, each taking place in Bowcliffe’s multi-award winning copper and glass masterpiece, the Blackburn Wing.

Blackburn Wing

The Blackburn Wing at Bowcliffe

Both evenings will begin at 7pm, when guests will arrive at Bowcliffe Hall’s beautiful Ballroom to enjoy Champagne and canapés inspired by the most popular Yorke Arms dishes. Guests will then move over to the spectacular Blackburn Wing for a menu devised especially for the evening by Frances.

The Art Deco Bar, The Ballroom at Bowcliffe


Each evening will have a slightly different menu on offer:

Saturday 24th February ***NOW FULLY BOOKED***

Guests will have the opportunity to taste the most popular dishes from The Yorke Arms as Frances and her team create a one-of-a-kind tasting menu.

£85 per person.

Saturday 28th April *** NOW FULLY BOOKED***

On this evening, guests will be the first to have the unique opportunity to taste the new style menus which will be in place when The Yorke Arms reopens in late spring.

£85 per person.

Wine Flights

Alongside Bowcliffe’s wine list, there will be two wine flights available on the evening. Guests can enjoy a half flight with dinner for £120 or a full flight with dinner for £150.

More Information and Booking

Arrival 7pm. Carriages 11pm.

Due to the unique nature of these evenings, we must stress that both dates are likely to be extremely well received and fill up quickly. Booking is strictly on a first come, first served basis. To make a reservation please email or call 01937 541111.


Bowcliffe Hall Custodian Jonathan Turner Buys Michelin-Starred Yorke Arms

Yorke arms

We are delighted to announce that Bowcliffe Hall CEO & Custodian, Jonathan Turner, has bought Michelin-starred The Yorke Arms and confirmed that renowned chef, Frances Atkins, will stay on at the Yorkshire restaurant.

One of only six Yorkshire Michelin-starred restaurants, The Yorke Arms is an 18th-century coaching inn which was once the site for a monastic cheesery, and was purchased by Frances Atkins and her husband Bill in 1996. Subsequently, Atkins won a Michelin star at the inn in 2003, an accolade she has retained ever since.

When The Yorke Arms initially went on the market, Atkins told the press that she planned to embark on ‘a new adventure’ following the sale. But, we’re thrilled that upon getting to know Jonathan and his vision for an incredible, sensitive refurbishment programme for the restaurant and rooms she has decided to stay on alongside her team – including general manager, John Tullett, head chef, Roger Olive and Kirsty Beverley who looks after housekeeping.

A seriously well-loved and highly regarded Yorkshire restaurant, both Jonathan and Frances share a desire to enhance everything about The Yorke Arms, intent on retaining all the charm that has kept loyal customers coming back for decades whilst elevating the restaurant and rooms. With Jonathan’s current portfolio including the remarkable Bowcliffe Hall and stunning Laudale Estate in Scotland, there is little doubt that any refurbishment will be something very special.

Frances, a fellow of the Masterchefs of Great Britain, commented:

“We were all set to embark for pastures new, but Jonathan’s deep-rooted love of Yorkshire, his style and panache are very infectious and it really struck a chord with me. He has a genuine enthusiasm to create something even more special here and we hit it off straight away. I am thrilled to be part of his new team as we set out to deliver new, exciting plans for The Yorke Arms.”

Jonathan Turner said:

“I have always admired the drive and talent of Frances who is respected for her culinary creativity and is a champion of local, seasonal produce. We share a collective passion to further enrich and enhance Yorkshire’s rich heritage and I’m looking forward to working closely with her and her talented team.”

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