Hotel Hit Squad: Grantley Hall may look like an oligarch’s plaything, but it’s a Yorkshire grande dame at heart

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One consequence of my many years as a hotel critic is that I often bump into staff I’ve made friends with when they were working at other hotels. Another consequence is that I am sometimes spoilt rotten.

Like here. A purring new Bentley Mulsanne conveyed us from Harrogate station to the hotel. “Well, that was a treat,” I told delightful general manager Andrew McPherson as he greeted us, “but I’d like to remind you that the last time we met, you laid on a helicopter.”

Behind him stood head sommelier Tom Henderson. Goodness, I knew him too. “Don’t let that man show you the way,” I instructed my friend Henrietta. Ten years ago, when he was but a lad working as a tartan-trousered waiter in Perthshire,…

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