Nidderdale's How Stean Gorge, formed in the last Ice Age and designated a triple Site of Special Scientific Interest, sees steep chasms and rivers with fossils frozen in its limestone.
Its adventure facility, with gorge scrambling, caving, canoeing and a high wire, as well as cafe and campsite, is already a popular visitor attraction in the region.
Now the new Vista Bistro is opening under a pilot trial until the end of the month under the Government's 'Eat Out' scheme, set in a cantilevered extension over a steep chasm.
It is hoped it can reopen come winter with a permanent offer and options for hire, featuring chef Jowyane Marshall from the former Michelin-starred restaurant the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill.
“Now diners can experience the majestic views without a hard hat or wet suit," said owner Stan Beer.
"It’s a boutique bistro with a remarkable difference. We wanted the food to be as special as the view.”
Mr Beer, a retired paramedic, bought the nature sight in 2007 with wife and former nurse Anne, having been a volunteer at the Gorge since the 1970s.
It has grown significantly in that time, employing specialist adventure guides and drawing 10,000 guests to its outdoor activities and 20,000 attending the cafe and venue every year.
A major tourism attraction, having paid £2m in staff wages since it opened, Mr Beer is particularly aware of its impact on the region's rural economy.
"Livelihoods depend on us," he said. "The virus has messed everything up, and we can’t afford the venue to be empty over the winter.
"This is an exciting and magical way to support rural business. The whole place is lit up at night, it’s really special.
"Even after all these years here, there’s a spot further up the gorge that still blows my mind away, where it's literally vertical on both sides.
"When you’re there you’re not in Britain. The Victorians used to call it ‘Little Switzerland’.”
Earlier this summer it was announced that the Yorke Arms at Ramsgill, a nationally-acclaimed restaurant, was to change direction and become a country house for hire.
Mr Beer has secured its former chef de partie and sous chef, Jamaican-born Jowyane Marshall, who hopes to bring a Carribean influence with potential theme nights.
“It was a phenomenal experience working at the Michelin starred Yorke Arms under Frances Atkins," said Mr Marshall. "I cooked for celebrities like Mary Berry and appeared on Saturday Kitchen.
"I’m always ambitious. Unlike London that’s saturated with chefs, there’s real opportunity here to carve a reputation and dining experience, meet customers and hear their feedback.
"The menu is small and simple, more gastro-pub - we’re keeping it simple with locally-sourced produce. Going forward, I’d love to achieve a rosette for the new bistro.”
The Vista Bistro is opening on evenings through August to make the most of the Government's Eat Out scheme, while the cafe will operate through the day.
Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.
Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.
And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.
Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.
If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.
Sincerely. Thank you.