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Judges Country House Hotel

Kirklevington, YARM, TS15 9LW

3 rosettes

This charming country-house hotel close to the thriving market town of Yarm is set back from the road in 22 acres of mature gardens, a pleasing destination which was originally built for a Victorian engineering family. Towards the end of the Second World War the house, Kirklevington Hall, was taken over by the army, then in the 1970s it provided accommodation for circuit judges doing their rounds, and thus it got its current name. The well-preserved, grey-stone building certainly makes a fine country-house hotel, and if you're here for the business of eating, you're in for a bit of a treat. The main part of the dining room is in a conservatory facing south over the gardens, so you can gaze out the window and watch the resident wild animals going about their business as you tuck into dinner. Long-standing chef John Schwarz sources top-quality ingredients and treats them with care and respect on varied menus that offer a pleasing mix of classic dishes and more out of the ordinary combinations. To start, caramelised foie gras, satay, radish and lime is a beautifully cooked piece of foie gras with broken peanuts, smooth peanut sauce, radish slivers and small wedges of sharp lime adding great flavour and textural contrast. Turbot, Morteau sausage and shellfish chowder brings all the elements together beautifully, while peaches, almonds, vanilla parfait and raspberry sorbet shows off the kitchen's technical skills. All the little extras - home-made bread rolls, petits fours such as bubble gum jelly and plum financier, and bar canapés - are all worth making a dent in your appetite, while the wine list is a bit of a corker and includes a decent choice by the glass.

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Tel: 01642 789000
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: John Schwarz
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £27.45
3 Course lunch from: £35.95
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £34.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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1.5m from junct W A19, take A67 towards Kirklevington, hotel 1.5m on left
Nearest station: Middlesbrough

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