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The Conservatory

Judges Country House Hotel, Kirklevington Hall, YARM, Tees Valley, TS15 9LW

3 rosettes

Dating from 1881, this country-house hotel occupies a magnificent building within 22 acres of well-maintained grounds that include a walled kitchen garden. The restaurant is furnished and decorated in keeping with the age and style of the property, with a patterned dark green carpet, striped wallpaper, double-clothed tables set with silver cutlery and fresh flowers and large windows in the conservatory area. Service is on the formal side, but staff are friendly and keen to engage with diners. First-class ingredients underpin the kitchen's output, and chef John Schwarz gives a contemporary spin to his dishes. Plump hand-dived scallops, perfectly timed, are partnered by cauliflower purée and a beignet, with pomegranate and golden raisins adding bursts of sweetness. An alternative starter might bring on foie gras counterbalanced by satay-style sauce, lime and radish. Main courses are notable for their well-considered combinations, seen in loin of lamb with melt-in-the-mouth sweetbreads, tapenade, spicy tomato purée, goats' cheese, textures of courgette and a red wine jus. Fish makes an impact too: fillet of turbot, for instance, is partnered by oxtail and sauce bordelaise. Incidentals, from canapés to petits fours, all shine, and desserts include beautifully presented raspberries (soup, jelly and sorbet) with tonka bean pannacotta.

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Tel: 01642 789000
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Open all year.
Days closed: Sun-Mon
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: John Schwarz
Number of seats: 30
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

The Conservatory, 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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