survey result

Summary

£252
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Close’s cuisine “could scarcely be more indulgent” at his Grade-II-listed old pub (with rooms) in the boonies of County Durham, which achieves a large volume of feedback for somewhere that’s relatively remote. “Luxury ingredients are treasured and celebrated throughout with exceptional imagination and intensity” in his multi-course tasting menus that are “a tour de force of technique and style”. Reporters’ main reservation is the “minimalist grey, white decor that seems rather sterile” (although the approach also can seem “just a bit too much: literally, and metaphorically… too formal… and with an intensity of labour put into the food that maybe justifiably underwrote the cost, but was just altogether a little overwhelming”). Overall, though, the most common view is that “the stunning food just makes everything else irrelevant!”

Summary

£214
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Closes’s “global-quality cuisine”“enjoyed as part of a 15-course tasting menu” – and “stunning wines” (“make friends with the sommelier and you will drink a more interesting selection”) have won foodie fame for this converted old pub with three rooms, out in the sticks of County Durham: the only restaurant in the north east with two Michelin stars. Even fans concede that it is “expensive”, however, and critics feel that “there’s too much hype and fuss” surrounding cooking that “at the eye watering prices, is good, but not that good”.

Summary

£214
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

James Closes’s “global-quality cuisine”“enjoyed as part of a 15-course tasting menu” – and “stunning wines” (“make friends with the sommelier and you will drink a more interesting selection”) have won foodie fame for this converted old pub with three rooms, out in the sticks of County Durham: the only restaurant in the north east with two Michelin stars. Even fans concede that it is “expensive”, however, and critics feel that “there’s too much hype and fuss” surrounding cooking that “at the eye watering prices, is good, but not that good”.

Summary

£151
£££££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“One of the most memorable meals I have ever had…”, “an out-of-this-world experience…”, “just magical…” – folks don’t hold back in their praise for the Close family’s restaurant-with-rooms, set in an off-the-beaten-track village in County Durham, which “balances a modern kitchen and a clubby old-school dining room of dark wood panelling very effectively” and serves a “15-course menu of superb cooking coupled with great invention (to leave us gushing over a ‘salad of winter vegetables’ is deeply impressive!)”. Some resistance crept in regarding the level of expense however this year: even those who rate the cuisine highly can find the overall experience “overpriced”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
24
12

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 210.00 Always available 15
Menu2 285.00 Dinner only 15
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Summerhouse, DL2 3UD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑8 pm
Thursday6 pm‑8 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6 pm‑8 pm
SundayCLOSED

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