Carrville, DURHAM, DH1 1TD
A grand house has stood on the site of Ramside Hall since Elizabethan times, but the sprawling complex you see today has at its heart a largely Victorian house, beefed up in the late 20th century with lots more rooms and three loops of nine holes to set the emphasis firmly on the pursuit of golf. The crowd-pleasing culinary options run from straightforward carvery and rôtisserie dishes, to the menu in the brasserie-style Rib Room, which 'does what it says on the tin', majoring in slabs of locally-reared 28-day-aged beef. Just choose your cut (there's a 20oz rib-eye if you're feeling particularly peckish) and it arrives with roasted mushrooms, braised onions and a choice of classic sauces; non-carnivores could go for grilled lobster or halibut. Preceding this there might be Provençal fish soup with rouille and croûtons, and to finish, comfort-oriented puddings such as a retro knickerbocker glory or classic crème brûlée.