survey result

Summary

£106
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Limited but all-round very good feedback last year on this glass-roofed dining room – the top eating option at this five-star retreat, near the North Yorks border, set in over 365 acres. Richard Allen’s cuisine makes use of local ingredients – many foraged or grown on the property – to present the choice of either the three-course menu (£55) or spend an extra tenner and you can go for the six-course tasting option.

Summary

£106
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Limited but all-round very good feedback this year on this glass-roofed dining room – the top eating option at this five-star retreat, near the North Yorks border, set in over 365 acres. Richard Allen’s cuisine makes use of local ingredients – many foraged or grown on the property – to present the choice of either the three-course menu (£55) or spend an extra tenner and you can go for the six-course tasting option.

Summary

£112
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The stunning, glass-ceilinged dining room at Boro chairman Steve Gibson’s lavish hotel and golf club, near the North Yorks border; one visitor this year – perhaps unaware of its high marks in Harden’s and its AA 4-Rosette status – was “really surprised” at Richard Allen’s “refined”, flavoursome food (parlayed in six- or 10-course tasting menus).

Summary

£94
 ££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A gem set in a fantastic hotel, golf club and spa” – this striking glass-roofed chamber is part of a luxurious five-star not far from Scotch Corner. Reports on Richard Allen’s cuisine are not numerous but couldn’t be more complimentary (and in September 2017, the AA upgraded the restaurant to being one of the limited number in the country with four rosettes).

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Have you eaten at The Orangery, Rockliffe Hall?

Owner's description

Experience Rockliffe Hall’s flagship 3AA Rosette Orangery restaurant.

Award-winning chef Richard Allen aims to take you on a culinary journey showcasing intricate and imaginative dishes of varying textures, temperatures and tastes.

The Orangery offers varied menus from a la carte to tasting experiences, alongside exquisite wines, beers and carefully concocted cocktails to allow you to fully experience its welcoming surroundings and hospitable team.

Eating is not just about food in the Orangery — it is about the experience.

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner £55.00 £65.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Dinner only 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Yes
60, 36, 8, 8
No trainers
50
8
Yes

The chef

Richard Allen is one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Richard has been awarded 3AA rosettes for culinary excellence for the Orangery restaurant in 2015 and 2016, and won a Michelin star in 2011 during his time at Tassili restaurant in the Grand Jersey Hotel.

Private dining

Private dining in the 3AA rosette Orangery is a great way to celebrate a special occasion.

Private dining rooms include the atmospheric Campernella situated next to the Orangery Restaurant, or the Old Hall's Sequioa and Sycamore rooms for a more intimate affair.

In regards to food, impress your guests with an Orangery tasting menu and matched wines or choose from the a la carte menu. Bespoke menus are also available.

Darlington, DL2 2DU
Opening hours
Monday6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday6 pm‑9 pm
Friday6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday6 pm‑9 pm

The 2020 Harden's Guide

2020 Hardens London Restaurant Guide

"User friendly in price, size and outlook"

Financial Times