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Judges Country House Hotel

Kirklevington Hall, YARM, Tees Valley, TS15 9LW

3 rosettes

It began life in 1881 as Kirklevington Hall, when it was built in a prime spot on the edge of the North York Moors for a Hartlepool engineering family. The present name derives from its use by Middlesbrough circuit judges in the 1970s and 1980s. When they relinquished it, it was acquired by its current owners, the Downs family, who have restored the 22 acres of grounds, including a woodland walk and walled kitchen garden, to something like their former splendour. The interiors are on the magnificent side too, with a conservatory extension at the front to capitalise on the garden views. A tented ceiling and gathered drapes create a stylish atmosphere to match. John Schwarz takes a scrupulous approach to the devising of dishes, insisting that everything on the plate is there for sound culinary reasons, not because it looks good or sounds exotic. The result is an accessible style of country-house cooking that fires on all cylinders. Yellison's goats' cheese turns up with textured beetroot variations and truffled honey dressing for an assertive starter, or there might be chunky game terrine with mooli and plum chutney. Fish is confidently handled in a main course that combines halibut with chorizo, broccoli and spinach, while grain-crusted venison is traditionally combined with apple, red cabbage and black pudding. Sunday lunch produces the treat of locally-reared beef in its pan juices with roasties and Yorkshire pudding. The sense of being thoroughly spoiled continues to the finishing-line, where warm Cluizel chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream awaits alongside macadamia parfait with prunes and Earl Grey ice cream. Cheeses come from Knightsbridge specialist, Eric Charriaux.

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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.

Judges Country House Hotel, Yarm


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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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