A GRASSINGTON business is preparing to reopen on Saturday, 12 years to the day its owner first threw open the doors and began to trade.

Grassington House Restaurant and Bar, owned by John and Susan Rudden, has been closed since lockdown was announced on March 23.

Like many others in the hospitality industry, diversity has been key to survival during the first phases of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Grassington House was no exception and the owner set up Rudden’s Rations, an outside stall selling fresh local produce and essential items.

Soon afterwards the Rudden’s starting selling a selection of take-out food featuring pick and mix options that customers could prepare in their own kitchen, from signature dishes like a traditional beef Wellington to the mouth-watering old fashioned, sticky toffee puddings.

Ordering online and socially distanced collection from the terrace, allowed everyone to pick up their goods safely and use contactless payments.

Mr Rudden said: “We are extremely humbled by the support that we have received from the community in Grassington and surrounding villages during this unprecedented time. Seeing familiar faces and meeting new neighbours has been a real comfort for Sue and myself.”

Following official guidance and necessary procedures taken from the government’s latest directives, Grassington House restaurant and bar, plans to reopen its doors from 12 noon on Friday, July 10.

Areas in the bar, restaurant and on the terrace will have a new layout.

Mr Rudden added: “Safety is our number one priority. We want to welcome everyone back by making visiting us as easy as possible.”

Further details are on the Grassington House website.