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NOW***FOUR***STAR***!!! - January 2012

The many regular and repeat visitors to The Frenchgate have been saying for years "How come you are only Two Star?"

Well now it's official after the awarding of our Third AA Star in 2009 we are proud to have achieved not only a Fourth AA Star for the hotel, but our Second Rosette for the restaurant, and so recognising The Frenchgate Restaurant & Hotel as "The Best Restaurant & Hotel" in "The Best Town in Britain" 2009 - and acknowledges the hard work and attention to detail from all the staff and suppliers who have worked tirelessly to raise the standards and level of service in keeping with the stunning, luxurious new guest rooms and the exquisite food produced by our talented Chefs

We are rightly proud of the many reviews over the years, see the link to Sugarvine on the scroll bar on the home page, or read the now infamous Trip Advisor - warts 'n all!!

Call us - you won't regret it!

01748 822087

New Menus! - August 2011

Continuing the success of our new lunch menu for 2011 we are offering all diners any three courses from our superb new Two Rosette Lunchtime Menu for just £17.95.

Please click here to view our new lunchtime menu.

A Best Loved Hotel of The World - March 2010

Great Town of the year 2009! - January 2010

Richmond was named “Great Town of the Year 2009” at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The town held off competition from fellow finalists Chichester and Stirling to scoop the top national prize.

The awards are run by the Academy of Urbanism, made up of UK academics and town planners. Richmond won following a rigorous assessment process, based on its character, governance, commercial viability and sustainability.

Councillor Melva Steckles, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said: “Everyone in Richmondshire should feel rightly proud of this accolade. There are so many special places throughout the district, and it’s excellent to see Richmond acknowledged by this prestigious award.”

Councillor Linda Curran, a ward member for Richmond on Richmondshire District Council, said: “I always consider it to be a privilege to live in such a beautiful place where the heritage of the past is celebrated and enjoyed by us all. I am delighted that Richmond has gained this wonderful award and I hope that people will be encouraged to come and visit our wonderful town.”

Click on the link below to read more about Richmond and the surrounding Dales National Park, what to see and do, especially where to go for that relaxed informal lunch or special evening dinner, as written by Joanna Willcox in her "Gateway To The Dales" article appearing in Period Living Magazine (March 2009).

Click here to view Period Living article

Come and see for yourself!

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Stunning New Rooms! - January 2011

It's been much talked about and long awaited, but we can now boast some of the finest quality accommodation anywhere! No expense has been spared in a major refit of our bedrooms and suites.

Unique solid oak beds designed and made for us, including bespoke pocket sprung / memory foam Thera Firm mattresses ensuring the most comfortable nights rest. Designer fabrics, furniture and lighting with cozy duvets help ensure the most relaxed comfortable stay.

All bathrooms are individually designed with PIR detectors turning on low energy LED lighting as required, again solid oak furniture, fabulous Roca suites, powerful Swedish shower systems, solid marble and heated flooring with limestone walls, large oak mirrors fitted with heated/demister pads and White Company toiletries give that little extra touch of luxury.

Each room is now equipped with the latest Philips HotelVision Flat LCD TV/Music System, ceiling fan, Regal Tea / Coffee and refreshment tray, hairdryer and direct dial telephone.

Call us now to check latest availability and offers, or click here

Click here to view images of the "new look" rooms

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Dine Sugarvine! - January 2010

Sugarvine is an on-line food magazine.

Everything you could wish to know about great new places to dine whether in your back yard or in places you plan to visit you will find them all here, together with the latest, independent reviews from real, paying customers!

Read or indeed write a new review about The Frenchgate, Click here to visit


The Mousey Thompson Lounge has now been convereted into a stunning new Bridal / Honeymoon Suite

This new suite blends old world charm such as original 1650 ships timber beams and hand carved original Robert Thompson (Mouseman of Kilburn) fireplace (with working fire), doors and bookcase, together with state of the art modern luxury such as a massive, bespoke solid green oak four poster bed with memory foam and pocket sprung mattress, huge Philips Ambivision Digital TV/DVD System, fabulous ensuite with Royal Grey marble flooring with underfloor heating, 1.5 tonnes of Turkish Limestone on the walls, beautiful Spanish whiteware, top of the range wireless Grohe Rain Shower, spa bath with underwater kinetic lighting - unbelievable!

Those lucky enough to stay in the new Mousey Thompson Suite will also be offered breakfast and / or dinner served in your suite at your private Jacobean Oak dining table.

No expense has been spared on this special suite.

Call us for the latest availability.

ALL those planning to get married book now and stay in the new Mousey Thompson Suite and for £10.00 carve your names in the oak beam headboard of your amazing bed and receive a certificate entitling you to FREE CHAMPAGNE FOR LIFE.

Please ask about the terms and conditions applying to this fantastic offer!

See recent visitor comments! - March 2011

Thanks go to all who have taken the trouble to leave their comments, even when we occasionally get something wrong!

It means a lot to the staff and we hope you enjoy reading some of our guests thoughts on us.

Click here to view a sample of recent comments.

Of course we would love the next entry to be yours!