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The hamlet of Summerhouse is no more than a speck on the pristine Durham countryside, but it now boasts one of the region’s most ambitious kitchens – plus a magnificent wine cellar to boot. Occupying a Grade II-listed former inn once frequented by the eponymous hunt, this reinvigorated restaurant-with-rooms is elegantly contemporary style with food revolving around a series of sophisticated tasting menus from the cutting edge of modern British cuisine. Self-taught James Close is working wonders here and his Michelin-starred cooking is “always brilliant”, whether you’re in for a great-value five-course lunch or the full works in the evening. Appetisers tick all the in-vogue boxes, from crispy cod skin and slivers of lardo to Lindisfarne oyster cooked at 62 degrees, while the seasons rule when it comes to plates of smoked eel with beetroot and dark cherry, venison loin with ragoût, cauliflower and kale or razor clams and brown shrimps dressed with dandelion and celeriac. To conclude, sweetness might appear in the shape of the signature chocolate bar or salt-baked pineapple with passion fruit, cardamom and brioche. The magisterial wine list offers pedigree, class and value across the range.

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Essential Details for The Raby Hunt Restaurant with Rooms

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: County Durham
  • Price: £68
  • Wine: £24
  • Champagne: £65
  • Lunch: £35 (5 courses)
  • Dinner: £65 (7 courses)

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