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The hamlet of Summerhouse is no more than a speck on the pristine Durham countryside, but in James Close’s Raby Hunt it boasts one of the region’s most ambitious kitchens. Occupying a Grade II-listed former pub much frequented by the eponymous hunt, the restaurant belies the rusticity of its setting with sophisticated tasting menus. Salt and vinegar cod skin makes a crisp, gossamer-light start to the five-course lunch, while a plate of smoked eel with beetroot, dark cherry and miniature meringues is as pretty to behold as it is good to eat. Seasonal and regional ingredients include lightly cooked Lindisfarne oyster matched with a refreshing shock of rhubarb jus. The cosmopolitan wine list from Edinburgh’s l’Art du Vin contains some modestly priced surprises alongside the inevitable Burgundy and Bordeaux. Decor is elegantly contemporary; two en-suite rooms provide accommodation to those who decide the Raby Hunt merits a longer detour.

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Essential Details for The Raby Hunt Restaurant with Rooms

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: County Durham
  • Price: £68
  • Wine: £24
  • Champagne: £65
  • Dinner: ££65 (7 courses)

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