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The Raby Hunt Restaurant

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Summerhouse, Darlington, England
01325 374237
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Tuesday
Closed
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 254
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food, great service, amazing time

We were lucky to eat and stay at the Raby Hunt. Felt welcome from the minute we arrived as we were expected, shown to our lovely room (yes, there were fluffy robes) the meal was sublime, we had the tasting menu (7/8 courses) with wine pairing-some of which were extraordinary! The food looked simply... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
IheartNY_10
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Leicestershire
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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292 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Leicestershire
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to eat and stay at the Raby Hunt. Felt welcome from the minute we arrived as we were expected, shown to our lovely room (yes, there were fluffy robes) the meal was sublime, we had the tasting menu (7/8 courses) with wine pairing-some of which were extraordinary! The food looked simply stunning, was explained at each course... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Our experience at The Raby Hunt was a delight from start to finish! We stayed on Wednesday evening. The chef, James Close, welcomed us as we arrived. We had a room booked and that was beautifully clean and well equipped. In the restaurant we had the 12 course tasting menu. Each course was fantastic (in brief - I could write... More 

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Northumberland
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Restaurant is in a converted pub. Small dining room (hard to avoid conversation of table next to you sometimes). Service is excellent, relaxed and very friendly. The food was of a high standard as one would expect of a Michelin starred restaurant. We had the set lunch which was not overly overpriced and the good slection of wines not too... More 

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Cardiff
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224 reviews 224 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Went as part of a group of 13 and everyone left suitably impressed. It is not cheap, but you pay for quality. I was very impressed with the staff, whilst very good, they were still quite informal and only enhanced the experience. The tasting menu was superb, every course was great and between us could not decide which was the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I'm always dubious about going for meals on Valentine's Day - there seems to be a tendency to skimp on quality and portions. Not so at The Raby Hunt. The set menu was absolutely beautiful, perfectly balanced and a pleasure to receive each course. The wine pairing was also really spot on, particularly as I was given a red wine... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lovely restaurant, good customer service. However we expected more for the price. At £120 per head x 2 we thought the wine pairing would be included. Overall it was a lovely dining experience, but not one I would be in a hurry to repeat.

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Washington, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited for dinner and stayed overnight in one of their rooms which was very well appointed. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive staff who made us very welcome. We opted for the five course taster menu and were not disappointed. With each course came a good description of it's composition. Food was tasty and well presented, as you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We love food, but live on a modest budget - this was the perfect Valentines Day treat. Booked last Autumn, I was contacted the week prior to our meal by a lovely lady confirming our table and dietary requirements. Table at 1pm, greeted by a gentleman with impeccable service who took our drinks order at the bar (as we were... More 

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My wife and I visited the Raby Hunt restaurant for our second tasting menu of the day whilst indulging in a 48hr food fest and were not disappointed. The owners were extremely helpful and attentive and even though the restaurant was fairly busy later in the night, still found time to answer any questions that we had. The food was... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I have been very fortunate to have ate in some of the best fine dining restaurant's round the world, BUT the 'Raby Hunt' is top of our list!! Mr James Close is a genius with food.. We had the 13 course taster menu and loved every course.. Very original, tasty, exciting food.. Also my husband enjoyed the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Summerhouse, Darlington, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Darlington
  • Phone Number: 01325 374237

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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