Drum And Monkey Harrogate

The bar at the Drum and Monkey fish restaurant in Harrogate

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.

They needed up to date photography for their new website and to build up a new library of images for press and sharing on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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.

Website and copywriting by Aspect Design.

View the whole set on Flickr here

The famous monkey at the Drum and Monkey fish restaurant in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Drum and Monkey fish restaurant in Harrogate Exterior

Diners at the Drum and Monkey fish restaurant in Harrogate

Drum and Monkey fish restaurant in Harrogate sign

Lobster at the Drum and Monkey Harrogate

Chef and big red fish outside the Drum and Monkey Harrogate

Crab on a bed of ice at the Drum and Monkey Harrogate

Pint of prawns at the Drum and Monkey seafood restaurant

Fish plate at the Drum and Monkey restaurant

Drum and Monkey downstairs interior

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