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“Nine Courses with Five Stars!”

The Raby Hunt Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 291 Restaurants in Darlington
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Having tried other tasting menu's in other restaurants in the UK, the wife and I had long since decided that we liked the whole concept and want to try more of the same. Since the Michelin guide awarded The Raby Hunt, I've been unable to book us in (not trying too hard to do so) anyway, a cancellation came up and we booked for Saturday 24th May.

Like others, I read reviews and look forward to seeing if places match up, but always with the thought that we all have different tastes and opinion's, in the case of reviews for The Raby Hunt, one of the common downsides is the price, and at £80 for the 9 course tasting menu, you could be forgiven for agreeing that it's a bit excessive, but, they themselves will tell you, they don't say they are cheap, they don't buy cheap and they work hard to give us what they feel is a unique experience, all I can say is they have achieved this and if you are bothered by the price tag, don't go, but by not going you will miss out on possibly the best tasting menu anywhere in the UK, or further for that matter.

I won't bore everyone with the descriptions of each course of food as it's been said on here already, plus, it's all there on their website at this moment in time, all of the food was fantastic, each course tasted amazing, presented with care and perfection, and the surprise of liking eel when you're really not sure you should, that alone get's a good score.

The service is great, staff all attentive, knowledgeable and I was very aware that my comments were being passed back to the creator, this itself should tell you that The Raby Hunt are striving to provide a perfect and unique experience.

The atmosphere, well, we were the first table in, but as it filled up the place was ticking over nicely, others who were adding the wine tasters to the tasting menu were quite quickly warming up, although I was driving, it is worth adding that the wine course would be a good addition to this at £55, others around us enjoyed it and it's value for money...

All in all, the tasting menu is what it is, a way for The Raby Hunt to showcase what they do, it's expensive, yes, it' expensive, but they do everything that well, you need to forget the price tag, think instead that their produce, even down to the coffee, which is grown and imported into the UK solely for the use of the Raby Hunt costs top dollar, and the time it takes for the chef to create each course is another reason to forget the price tag.

Congratulations to James and his team, brilliant courses, great place and we'll be back!

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1  Thank Ken W
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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

On a Friday night with friends, we had the 9 course taster menu. It was just delicious from the amuse bouche to the chocolate's served with coffees.
Two of the party of four had special dietary requirements (nut allergy/pregnancy), and chef accommodated for these by either slightly adjusting or totally changing the dish.
Husbands had the wine pairing, they would highly recommend!
Just wonderful food, and right on the doorstep too...so will definitely be making a return visit!

Thank Lha1
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Wonderful food, cooked with finesse. Ingredients evidently well sourced and creatively constructed dishes and menu. Service was relaxed and friendly but not intrusive. Sommelier advised excellent wine choices. Lunch menus good value for money.

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1  Thank Judith S
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We had heard great reviews from friends but were sadly disappointed by the food and the price. Portion sizes very small and waitress did not check the table or ask if we wanted extra drinks

4  Thank David L
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I was very excited that the north east finally has a michelin star restaurant, and not only that its only a 10 min drive from where we live and so far I have been here 3 times, twice for lunch and once for dinner. I have sampled both the taster lunch and dinner menus as well as from the lunch set menu. Every time and every course has been sublime, even the canapes while waiting for the table are to die for. Service is also the best but without being too stiff and stuffy or in your face, they make you feel comfortable so that your happy to spend a few hours there. I would definitely recommend the wine matching with dinner too. Cant wait to go back again soon!

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