Carrville, DURHAM, DH1 1TD
Sprawling outwards from a largely Victorian house, Ramside was beefed up in the late 20th century with massive conference and banqueting facilities, two 18-hole hole championship golf courses, and 2015 saw the opening of a glossy spa and health club. The crowd-pleasing culinary options run from straightforward carvery dishes to the menu in the brasserie-style Rib Room, a steakhouse and grill which is a temple to slabs of locally-reared 28-day aged beef. Just choose your cut (a peckish pair might go halves on a 30oz tomahawk rib-eye) which then arrives with roasted mushrooms, braised onions and a choice of classic sauces. Non-carnivores could go for grilled sea bass with braised fennel and herb velouté. Preceding this there might be confit belly pork with black pudding and toffee apple, and to finish, comfort-oriented puddings such as a retro knickerbocker glory or baked Alaska.