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“Heaven on a plate coupled with superb service”

The Raby Hunt Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 305 Restaurants in Darlington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Three of us had lunch and from the moment we arrived our experiences were first rate. One member of the party was a vegetarian and whilst hers was essentially a set menu with no choices nevertheless the food was reported as superb. It was noted that the chef was combining a range of textures and flavours with a pairing of vegetables which you would not consider possible. The regular three course lunch menu had several choices causing us to both salivate in anticipation and to puzzle over what to have - in the end our respective different choices were both a treat for the eyes and a sensation for the taste buds. When it came to the dessert we shared the three available between us.

The staff were highly efficient but unobtrusive and were genuinely keen to know our impressions of the food. We left wine choice to the head waiter and were not disappointed. Now we need to plan our next visit!

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Thank Castleman073
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is by far the best restaurant in the North East. Fantastic food and great service in an intimate setting. I've been three times and have enjoyed everything including the great pairing wines. The tasting menu is fabulous and can't wait to return. Very lucky to live so close.

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Thank stokell
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

My husband requested a michelin experience for his birthday, and being in the North East this was the closest option available. I am soooo glad that this was the closest option though! What made the experience so perfect was the relaxed yet impeccably professional service, the team made us feel chilled out from the moment we got out of the car! When I booked I had got a good feel for the place, as I am mostly veggie but have started eating fish they put together a tasting menu especially for me, it was fabulous. My husband got the full 7 course tasting menu, and practically drooled as course after course of beautiful - like what you'd see on T.V - food was brought out. The head waiter had an excellent knowledge of wine matching as well - we just left it to him to bring out dessert wines which would compliment our strawberries and cream dessert and it matched perfeclty - finally we 'get' dessert wine! A glass of saki to go with the 'posh mars bar' chocolate dessert was a surprising yet equally good comination.
I managed to book us in for a nights stay but as there are only two rooms you will have to book up to 3 months ahead for a saturday night, fridays are not too bad. Ideal if you want the magic to continue - michelin breakfast too - bonus!
We will definately be back to the Raby Hunt, a non-pretentious, family affair whose passion is fine food.

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Thank ILoveLombok
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

I don't know how we haven't heard of this place before! Imaginative cooking and friendly service. As good as other Michelin starred restaurants we have visited. Congratulations on an excellent tasting menu!

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Thank lexusNorthallerton
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Delicious and highly original cuisine, very pleasant and effective service, modern and tasteful decor. A superb dining experience. One of our best dining experiences of 40 years in 5 continents!

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Thank Karel V
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