The Drum and Monkey is a seafood restaurant in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. A local institution, it was recently taken over by the Carter family who run the well regarded Sportsman’s Arms in Wath near Pateley Bridge. It is one of many highly rated restaurants in Harrogate in the Montpellier and surrounding area including William and Vic’s, The Fat Badger, The Old Bell and Graveleys chippy. Their menu is changed daily as all the seafood is brought in fresh.
I had a pre-planning session with manager Sarah Carter before the shoot where we discussed what she’d like to include and avoid, and what sort of styles they could use - really useful when dealing with things that can easily spoil like fresh fish. On the day, I was art directed by Jonathan Rayfield of Aspect Design and ably assisted by the staff wrangling the fish and the infamous monkey.
We had a quiet few hours to shoot the exterior, interiors, fish selections (including a few lively lobsters) and plates. Soon after a selection of guests and regulars appeared to have their lunch and kindly appear in some set-ups. Definitely one of the most pleasant photo shoots I’ve ever had, everyone was just really keen to help. It was a really good opportunity to see what goes on behind a place that’s known so well in the area.
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