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The Grand, York

Station Rise , York , York , YO1 6GD , United Kingdom

About venue

Built in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’, originally the headquarters for one of the most powerful railway companies in England, it was built during the Golden Age of travel. The Grand is an iconic building, which reflects the elegance and glamour of the period, the success and wealth of the company that commissioned it. As far as York conference venues go, The Grand provides the perfect backdrop for your meetings and events. We have a total of 6 event spaces complete with WiFi, which can be expanded to 7 when utilising the beautiful the Cookery School meeting space. The State-Of-The-Art-Cookery-School at The Grand opened in March 2019 and offers express, half-, and full-day courses focussing on a selection of international cuisines, speciality classes along with teambuilding experiences set to add a dynamic and immersive element to conference and events for our business clientele.

In 2010, this imposing building was reborn as one of Yorkshire’s finest hotels and meeting spaces. Splendidly retaining many of its original features, The Grand exudes luxury and grandeur and has a reputation for exceptional service in the style and tradition you would expect from a five-star hotel, combined the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes.

The Grand’s impressive history coupled with its luxurious reputation makes it an ideal location for meeting rooms in York. The perfect venue for special occasions or your next conference or event. Allow our team to create you a bespoke package which can include anything from cookery classes to afternoon tea, dinner at The Rise and even spa treatments.

Perfect for Teambuilding

Take some time away from working and bring the team together. Whether it’s learning new skills in the kitchen, a spot of stargazing or even some competitive axe throwing, The Grand, York is the perfect location for your next team building event. With its versatile event spaces and city centre location it is ideal for visitors from across the country.


Bedrooms, Lounges and Dining

The Grand offers 207 spacious, uniquely styled bedrooms and suites; an elegant reception area, arrivals lounge and executive lounge.

Intimate, fine dining can be offered in the Legacy Restaurant which offers a modern British and Yorkshire inspired menu alongside an exceptional wine list, served in an iconic setting. The restaurant boasts innovative cuisine and interiors with locality, sustainability, and great northern hospitality at its core.

Head Chef, Ahmed Abdalla, has created a menu which is dedicated to local provenance and showcases classic Yorkshire produce with a modern twist. Sommelier, Derek Scaife, has carefully chosen wine pairing options to perfectly complement each dish on the tasting menu, allowing guests to experience the maximum impact of both the food and the wine.

 The very best of British cuisine is served in the contemporary and lively setting of The Rise Restaurant, with innovate dishes created by Executive Chef Sameer Sehgal, using locally and ethically sourced produce. Guests are also able to revive or retire to the stylish 1906 Bar, with a sophisticated selection of cocktails and an impressively stocked whiskey cabinet, should guests prefer a wee dram.

 

The Cookery School

The Cookery School is entirely self-contained, creating the perfect setting for corporate groups and private parties. Led by Cookery School Director, Marc Williams, the state-of-the-art kitchen includes 16 workstations, each of which can comfortably accommodate two cooks working side-by-side, offering a superb team-building opportunity. The Cookery School also has a large, modern meeting space for delegates to further enjoy the culinary atmosphere. The Cookery School experience offers a wholly interactive addition to an event, giving attendees the opportunity to relax and engage with one other.

With over 50 classes to choose from, ranging from two-hour express classes, half-day, and full-day classes, guests are able to enjoy the food they have made, accompanied by a well-earned glass of wine.

 

Conference Suite and Meeting Spaces

The Grand's Conference Suite is located at the west end of the first floor and was once the domain of the North-eastern Railway's directors. With six versatile event spaces (some rooms taking their name from previous NER Chairman’s), The Grand can hold events for up to 120 delegates, the largest space being The Grand Boardroom. An elegant and spacious room, with magnificent oak panelling, two original marble fireplaces with call bells either side and views of York Minster and the famous City Walls. The Grand Boardroom was once equipped with a map of the North-eastern Railway network, which rolled back into the panelling when not required. The map was replaced by a "scribbling board" in 1963, by then Chairman, Arthur Dean and delegates can incorporate this huge blackboard into their event as an interesting talking point and equally useful feature! The Chairman's Suite, whilst smaller in size, is just as imposing, benefitting from original parquet flooring, marble fireplace, ornate wooden pillars, oak panelling, and large Edwardian windows.

 

During its original tenure, the offices were intentionally designed with understated grandeur, indicating the confidence of a successful business, secure in its prospects, which in its current tenure, provides the ideal backdrop for a successful and inspiring event.

 

 

Awards:


2023

•          Historic Hotels Worldwide – Top 25 Afternoon Tea experience

•          Visit York Tourism Awards – Experience of the Year – The Cookery School at The Grand, York



2022

•          Conde Nast Johansens – Best Afternoon Tea

•          The Cateys – Hotel of the Year (group)

•          Visit York Tourism Awards  - Large Hotel of the Year

•          Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award – means that based on our TA reviews we are placed in the top 10% worldwide.

 

2020

•          Visit York Awards - Business events venue of the year (gold)

•          Visit York Awards - Experience of the year (highly commended) – Cookery School

•          Visit York Awards - International tourism award (gold)

•          Visit York Awards - Large hotel of the year (gold)

•          Visit York first ever #LoveYork award – Home Away From Home *the place people are most looking forward to visiting after lockdown* (gold)

•          We were recognised as an I Prefer Members Choice Award Winner which represents more than 750 counties worldwide.

•          Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards – Business Event Venue of the Year (gold)

•          Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards – Large Hotel of the Year (bronze)

•          Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award – means that based on our TA reviews we are placed in the top 10% worldwide.

Meeting rooms

Grand Boardroom - 120

The Grand Boardroom is our flagship space accommodating up to 120 delegates. A vast, majestic room with floor to ceiling wood panelling, huge windows, and an original parquet floor, the room enjoys grand views of York Minster and the City Walls. The board table that once hosted meetings between the railway elite, political players and the great and good of Yorkshire business was so large it had to be cut up to be removed! Today we deploy the space in much more flexible ways, making it suitable for an event, party, private function or presentation.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32

Chairmans Suite - 40

The Chairman’s Suite was the original office of the Chair of the North Eastern Railway and accommodates up to 40 delegates. After board meetings or during particularly gruelling negotiations, he could retire to his suite and dine alone, with close associates or those he was keen to impress – and impress is what this room does very well. Wood clad pillars, an ornate fireplace and views of the City Wall create a very definite mood: authority. The perfect setting for private dining and special occasions.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32

Paterson - 8

Frank Paterson served as the General Manager from 1978 and 1986 and still resides in York. The suite is just as welcoming and charming as the man himself, accommodating up to eight people with plasma’s, free Wi-Fi and coffee machine.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32

Gibb - 30

One of our executive meeting rooms, The Gibb is named after Sir George Gibb who raised through the ranks to General Manager of the North Eastern Railway in 1891 before being knighted in 1904. The Gibb accommodates up to 14 delegates boardroom-style and 20 theatre-style and has a wall mounted plasma, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and tea and coffee machines.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32

Ridley - 30

The Ridley takes its name from Sir Matthew White Ridley, Chairman of the North Eastern Railway in 1902 as well as Home Secretary in Lord Salisbury’s government from 1895-1900. The room holds up to 12 delegates boardroom-style and 20 delegates theatre-style and has wall mounted plasma, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and tea and coffee machines.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32

Leeman - 30

The Leeman Suite is named after arguably the most famous of York’s railway men, George Leeman, who led an extraordinary life as a lawyer, Liberal MP and finally Chairman of the North Eastern Railway from 1874-1880. The suite suits boardroom meetings for up to 12 delegates, and 20 theatre-style.
Current price
Price history
Per Day Per Hour Per Half Day Per Delegate
17-05-2019
Average price of simillar rooms in this region (Yorkshire and the Humber)
£358.67 £56.52 £215.21 £30.32
Accommodation
Classic Double Room

Classic Double Room

Room type: Double
Our traditional Classic Rooms are designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and style. Grand bedrooms come as standard… Our traditional Classic Rooms are designed to provide the ultimate comfortable and stylish base for your stay in York. Each spacious room features a king sized bed, seating for two and a desk. The luxurious bathroom features a sunken marble bath with a powerful overhead shower. Spa reservations are required
Executive Double Room

Executive Double Room

Room type: Double
Larger than our Classic Rooms, the majority of our Executive Rooms also benefit from a walk-in shower, as well as marble-topped bathtubs. Our Executive Rooms give a more open feel with higher ceilings and include complimentary access to the spa as well as a work desk area, perfect for business travellers. Robes and slippers will be provided alongside a upgraded refreshment station. Executive Rooms are approximately 398 Square Foot/382M in size and included complimentary spa access.
Heritage Suite

Heritage Suite

Room type: Suite
Each one of our historic Heritage Suites is discerningly unique and tells its own story. Abundantly spacious, our bathrooms feature deep, relaxing bathtubs and feature windows, making our suites truly special. The spacious seating area offers a relaxing space to finish your day in style and comfort. Our Heritage Suites include access to our luxury spa facilities and plated breakfast in our Rise Restaurant or in the comfort of your own guest room. Heritage Suites are 495 Square Foot/462M up-to 548 Square Foot/512M in size.
Grand Heritage Suite

Grand Heritage Suite

Room type: Suite
Our Grand Heritage Suites are traditionally styled, with a stunning combination of modern decor and original features. Enjoy a comfortable bed with Egyptian cotton bedding, a spacious lounge, relaxing baths and walk-in showers. The perfect space to escape in the middle of historic York. Our Grand Heritage Suites include parking, access to our luxury spa facilities and plated breakfast in our Rise Restaurant or in the comfort of your own guest room. Grand Heritage Suites are 602 Square Foot/562M up to 645 Square Foot/602M in size.
Penthouse Suite

Penthouse Suite

Room type: Suite
Offering the ultimate in luxury, The Penthouse Suite is beautifully designed with an abundance of space. The large bedroom area features a super-king sized bed dressed in luxurious crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, spacious dressing area, a separate lounge with comfortable sofas and a fully-equipped work desk with wi-fi access. The bathroom has ‘his and hers’ walk-in showers and sinks and a roll top bath with views across the York skyline. The accommodation is decorated beautifully throughout, with tasteful subtle colours and modern and convenient furnishing. Our Penthouse guests can also enjoy complimentary parking, access to our luxury spa facilities, late check-out and a fully stocked mini bar for each night of guest stays. The Penthouse is approximately 688 Square Foot/642M in size Please book your spa time slot with our spa team prior to your arrival.