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“Superb food and service - lovely stay”
Review of The Orangery

The Orangery
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$45 - US$97
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Fine British Dining
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and the wife enjoyed a lovely weekend break here as our Christmas present to each other.

Staying in an old hall room and arriving at 1230 to use the garden spa, we then booked into the 'comet' where we enjoyed a couple of hours of playing pool and watching the TV in the pod, which had a fridge to keep our booze cool.

The pod was without charge due to us being residents, and is definitely worth looking into if you're into that sort of thing. There are other pods which apparently have Xboxes and things in (not everyone's cup of tea, I realise).

Dinner was the tasting menu in the Orangery, the 10-course tasting menu at £80 each was superb and the service was exceptional. How it doesn't have a Michelin Star, I don't know. We've eaten in the couple of starred restaurants in the North East previously and this was certainly no worse in any way.

The next morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast in the Orangery before using the spa again prior to departure.

Staff and facilities were absolutely first class from start to finish, and while it wasn't cheap we did feel it was worth the extra money to have that level of comfort and experience.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Thank markismith50
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Reviewed 22 December 2018

The group I was meeting decided to try the "taster" menu. This was a mixed with some very good tasters - with some not so good. When we were done we could have done with a proper dinner. The wine taster though was excellent with all taster wines being excellent.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank sean d
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Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Delightful meal last night at the Orangery, the ten course tasting menu was a delicious. The flavours were fantastic and the service from Liam and Munga was first class. I also chose the wine flight from Daniel who always exceeds your expectations with excellent and interesting wine choices together with a degree to enthusiastic theatre. Loved the evening.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

The food and its delivery to table is an art of entertainment. Superb. The cost is high but the quality and variety of food is worth it for a special occasion.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 420christinej
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Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Love Rockliffe! Spa & rooms great, however after now trying the Orangery twice I would not return.

Firstly it lacks atmosphere and service is average.

Had the 10 course tasting menu which wasn’t great. Compare to others I’ve had, the last one being Blackswan at Oldstead this one is poor. There’s no drama to each course, the courses did not excite or make me want more, in fact the opposite. Cold bread to start, followed by a pate which was ok, the only memorable course was the crab! You expect with a tasting menu to taste things you’ll never be able to make yourself but in this case they were bland.

We were in and out in 1 1/2 hours!

Also gin and tonics in the bar were lacklustre!

I’d stay at Rockliffe again but eat at the Brasserie or Clubhouse!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pigginhungry
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