As someone who has spent 14 glorious months on the sober side of life, I’ve discovered that the world of travel and gastronomy is evolving, embracing a new era where the clink of a glass isn’t the only soundtrack to a memorable staycation.  

There was a time when a glass of fizz was as rudimentary to a good holiday as a bucket and spade, but quietly bubbling for many years, the low- and no-alcohol hotel scene is now making its way to the fore, with trend-leading properties creating booze-free offerings that feel like seamless parts of the luxury experience, rather than an afterthought, better communicated in hushed tones as you lean over the bar so as not to be heard by other guests or staff.

Recent research paints a clear picture: a significant number of adults are choosing to explore the world of no and low-alcohol options. With 29% of pub visits and 37% of restaurant meals involving zero alcohol consumption, the movement is real, and it’s gaining momentum. The allure of Dry January has transcended into a year-round commitment for many, leading to an increased demand for sophisticated alcohol-free offerings.

Enter Grantley Hall in Yorkshire, a sprawling five-star retreat that seamlessly integrates the art of non-alcoholic indulgence into its Michelin-starred restaurant experience led by the culinary maestro, Shaun Rankin. I recently embarked on a gastronomic escapade at this grand establishment, where every dish was paired not with the usual suspects but with a thoughtfully curated selection of alcohol-free beverages.

Grantley Hall’s foray into the non-alcoholic wine pairing realm, introduced in late 2022, has been nothing short of a triumph. In a world where the non-alcoholic movement is paving the way, fine-dining restaurants are recognising the importance of ensuring every guest, regardless of their beverage choices, experiences a dining extravaganza.

Across tasting menus and fine dining options, Grantley Hall has created non-alcoholic drink pairings that offer guests an equally tantalising journey. These pairings, ever-evolving just like the seasonal menu, highlight different taste profiles using the finest ingredients, some sourced directly from the hotel’s own kitchen garden.

For instance, the current pairing for the fish course, featuring turbot, caviar, cabbage, dill, and lemon verbena, is a harmonious infusion of apple, duchess grey, and lemon verbena. Each sip complements the delectable dish, proving that a Dry January or a sober staycation doesn’t mean compromising on sophistication or flavour.

So, if you find yourself yearning for a sober staycation, Grantley Hall welcomes you into a world where indulgence knows no bounds, and every sip is a celebration of refined tastes. Cheers to Dry January and the evolving landscape of luxurious, alcohol-free experiences!


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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