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About the AA Rosette award
Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Elegant country mansion with bright, modern cooking

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Refurbished in early 2016, this handsome house dates from the beginning of the 17th century and retains plenty of period charm including its walled garden. The restaurant is a draw in its own right, offering diners a series of settings that take in an elegant panelled dining room and the more contemporary orangery. The kitchen delivers modern dishes based on classic combinations. Crisp lamb belly, minted pea purée, watercress and redcurrant jus is one enjoyable starter with plenty of textural contrast. It might be followed by spiced monkfish tail, Bombay potatoes, spinach and peas with a saffron cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 Dec
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Derek Thomson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 38
  • Wines over £30: 20
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

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8m W of Darlington off A67

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Darlington
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