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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