Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

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Local boy Shaun Rankin did what so many people do and up and left for the bright lights and big city come his first working years. Beginning in London before landing a job in Jersey, his experience spanned high end kitchen well before he started collecting Michelin stars how others collect Scout badges. After he proved his clout away from home, ultimately the call of the Yorkshire Dales prevailed, and he returned to set up shop at Five Star hotel Grantley Hall. The inevitable Michelin star followed, and it’s been a favourite of locals and visitors alike since it opened in 2019.

It's tasting menu only territory in the dining room, which in most other hands could feel a little stuffy. There is the usual ceremony afforded to the experience, but this is Yorkshire, so everything is delivered with a warm smile and a friendly nod that makes you feel as though your among friends.

The ten-course triumph starts with drinks and a parade of snacks in the plush, pastel-decorated dining room before you’re ushered through to begin the menu proper. Rankin’s commitment to using fresh, natural and seasonal ingredients from his native Yorkshire means he rarely ventures beyond the kitchen garden for fruit, vegetables and herbs, and without it becoming the focus of the evening, the whole restaurant’s sustainability ethos is demonstrated through tweaks like using Yorkshire Rapeseed oil instead of olive oil, and swapping citrus for bright, homemade vinegars.

Stand-outs among the line-up of incredible cookery included a generous and perfectly cooked piece of turbot which was paired with caviar and a cream sauce, all clever cut with herb oil. The lamb that followed next we can confidently say was the best piece of lamb we’ve ever had. It was soft and pink in the centre, all caramelised and crispy on the edges, and despite being six courses in we scraped the plates.

The paired wines, each of which was carefully described by the smiley sommelier, worked superbly with the food and gave the whole evening a lift, while the nonalcoholic run was just as interesting. Drinks made from custom-mixed juices, tinctures and syrups carefully complemented each course.

Despite all the pageantry (which you want if you’re paying £130 a head for dinner) there’s something humble here too, there’s reverence to the produce and homage paid to all those who work the land with such care to produce a pantry full of some of the UK’s finest ingredients. The whole experience is the perfect balance of down-to-earth and out-of-this-world. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
British
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

Words like ‘sumptuous’ and ‘opulent’ are often banded around by marketing teams, but here we use them with purpose and sincerity since it really is five-star treatment all the way at this magnificent hotel. Set within beautiful, well-tended parkland, 17th-century Grantley Hall exudes luxury, from the polite, plaid-uniformed staff to the lavish decor and furnishings within.

It’s easy to see how the transformation from a privately owned estate to a grand hotel cost such a staggering amount, since Grantley Hall possesses everything you’d expect from an upscale country house hotel, and then some. Three restaurants, several bars, a state-of-the-art gym and spa, and even a rather tasteful nightclub are just some of the draws for the well-heeled seeking a gold-standard stay, though it’s the partnership with critically acclaimed chef Shaun Rankin that sparked our excitement.

Rankin is Yorkshire born and bred but left the surrounds of the countryside to pursue his ambitions of becoming one of the country’s top chefs. Ambitions achieved via a handful of Michelin stars, he returned to open his eponymous restaurant in 2019 where he's since added another star to his collection. 

Rankin’s fine-dining restaurant is situated at the front of the hall in a plush room that’s as warm and inviting as it is beautiful. The original ornate ceiling sports twinkling chandeliers which come together with the rich drapes and heavy, scalloped chairs to create an air of hushed serenity.

A dedication to sustainability and quality means all meat (organic, naturally), cheese and seafood is sourced from local suppliers and, like the discernibly fresh fruit and vegetables, comes through in the superb flavours. It’s a tasting only affair here, with an optional – but advised wine or non-alcoholic drinks pairing. While dishes flex with the seasons, guests can expect the usual run of bread and butter into fish, meat and sweet plates that span ten courses and finish with a trolly of petite fours enjoyed at your table or in the next door lounge.


FAQs

What kind of ingredients does the kitchen use?

Shaun and his team are committed to making their cooking as sustainable as possible. This means that all ingredients - excluding only things like coffee and chocolate - are either sourced from the hotel's own kitchen garden or a 30-mile radius from the grounds.

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Can you stay the night?

Yes, many guests choose to stay overnight at Grantley Hall. The rooms are plush and after eating a full-on feast it's the perfect end to the evening to just stroll upstairs.

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Are there non-alcoholic options

Yes, the non-alcoholic pairing is one of the best we've tried anywhere. Each drink is made in-house to work with every individual course on the tasting menu. It's fantastic.

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What's the signature menu?

Shaun's 'Taste of Home' menu sees him sum up his childhood in a playful way through plates like bread, butter, dripping and beef tea; or ice cream and caramel turned up a notch by using hen of the woods and meadowsweet.

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Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall

Shaun Rankin

Head Chef

Yorkshire-born Shaun Rankin has a world-renowned reputation, and for good reason. With a slew of awards to his name and a whole clutch of Michelin stars, Shaun’s refined yet robustly British cooking has found fans across much of the UK. After catering college and time in both London and Yorkshire, his career truly kick-started in Jersey, where he opened Bohemia in 2003 and Ormer in 2013 – a restaurant that received a Michelin star just four months after opening. Following his success on the Channel Islands, Shaun then opened a sister site back in London, Ormer Mayfair. Most recently Shaun has headed up the kitchen at Grantley Hall where his passion for local produce and sustainable sourcing is at the heart of everything he creates.  


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Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3ET

01765 620070

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Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:30
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:30-21:30
Sun Closed

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