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Summary

“I cried it was so good!”“the single most satisfying food I’ve eaten in my 35 years on the planet!”“James Close is one of the top, top chefs in the country and his incredible passion is shown in every detail” at this restaurant-with-rooms, “set in an unimposing, out-of-the-way village, in the Durham Dales”. That said, since it was awarded two Michelin Stars its ratings actually declined a fraction this year as it took flak for a couple of disappointing experiences. Perhaps, though, it was the strain of preparing to have the builders in? (Towards the end of the survey, in May 2017, the restaurant closed for a £400k extension and redevelopment, the building of a new restaurant entrance, and the installation of glass walls so diners can watch the chef and his team at work.)

£130
Exceptional
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

James Close’s “hidden gem is now getting the accolades it deserves”: in October 2016 it was the only establishment to be elevated to two Michelin stars in this year’s crop of awards. He runs “a really down-to-earth team” who make “wonderful use of local ingredients” to create food that’s “delicious, subtle and well-presented, but also honest and wholesome rather than ‘too-clever-by-half’”. To cap it all, this restaurant with rooms is “beautifully located” too, in the Durham Dales.

£109
Exceptional
Exceptional
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Tucked away in the Durham Dales”, James Close’s restaurant (with two rooms) revolves around “an ethos of showing off local ingredients to their best effect”. “Down-to-earth” staff provide a choice of “clever and delicious” tasting menus, of which the best dishes are “a revelation in simple but confident cooking”.

£89
Exceptional
Very Good
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Best food we’d eaten anywhere this year!”; James Close’s restaurant-with-rooms dishes up “wonderful combinations of taste and texture”, winning unanimous rave reviews for this “emerging star”“off the beaten track, but worth a trip”.

£75
Exceptional
Very Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
Mon & Tue closed, Wed - Sat 9.30 pm, Sun closed
30

Raby Hunt Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Raby Hunt Restaurant in DL2, Summerhouse by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Raby Hunt restaurant.
Caroline P
We have the privilege of living not too far...
Reviewed 3 months, 5 days ago

"We have the privilege of living not too far away, so The Raby Hunt is a favourite when we have special guests to entertain. It never lets us down. James Close is an innovative, subtle wizard with food and it is hard to know where we could find anything comparable."

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Summerhouse, DL2 3UD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 PM-9:30 PM
Thursday6 PM-9:30 PM
Friday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-2 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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