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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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Creative contemporary dishes in an ornate dining room

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Guests are spoilt for leisure pursuits at this impressive Georgian country mansion, from indulgence in the luxurious spa to tackling its 18-hole championship golf course, and a trio of restaurants. Cream of the crop is The Orangery, where gilded wrought-iron columns soar upwards to a glass roof in a romantic gothic-inspired space, and a large wall of windows opens up sweeping views across the gardens and the action on the fairways. It’s an exceedingly pleasant place to linger. And linger you must, for Richard Allen’s contemporary 10-course tasting menus, in omnivore, veggie, pescatarian versions, are a delight in conception and delivery. The local and seasonal boxes are ticked by produce from polytunnels and the walled garden, plus foraged ingredients from Rockliffe's 365-acre estate, and the workmanship is first class whether in a dish of langoustine and crab with bergamot, harissa, creamy bisque and sea purslane, or a punchy pork ragout offset by pickled carrot and mushroom. Imaginative juxtapositions of flavour, texture and temperature might include a luxuriant duo of smoked eel and duck liver parfait with the balancing acidity of rhubarb vinegar, or pigeon partnered by quince, dhal and an aromatic honey and cumin jus. Imaginative meat-free options could see flame-grilled celeriac matched with chard, dry-roasted hazelnuts and dill, or smoked artichoke pointed up with beer vinegar and sour cream. At the end come intriguing ideas involving the likes of pistachio and pear with the contrastingly bitter note of matcha, or perhaps sea buckthorn macaron ramped up with miso and butterscotch.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: Wednesday to Sunday
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Richard Allen

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 600
  • Wines by the glass: 35

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A1(M) junction 57, A66(M), A66 towards Darlington, A167, through Hurworth-on-Tees. In Croft-on-Tees left into Hurworth Road, follow signs.

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Darlington
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