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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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Accomplished modern cooking with national parks on either hand

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Standing in glorious mature gardens, Hipping Hall takes its name from the hipping, or stepping, stones crossing the little stream that runs past the old wash house. The pocket-sized country house has a timeless appeal, and a real draw in its restaurant, a stylish space dating from the 15th century, with boarded floors, soaring oak beams and a grand fireplace. The setting is in complete contrast to the solidly 21st-century creations of Oli Martin, a sure-footed chef whose cooking is on a roll, creating culinary fireworks from superlative local produce. There are 6- and 9-course tasters as well as the carte. Perfectly roasted guinea fowl gets things going, served with confit leg, turnip purée, apple, nut praline and a bitter note of hops. Seafood is a strong suit too: witness the superb attention to detail in a main course showcasing gold-standard Skrei cod matched with puréed and roasted celeriac, plump, gently pickled mussels, with herb oil and judicious use of fresh dill bringing it all to life. If you’re in the mood for something meatier, there may be beef with turnip and pine nut. An arsenal of techno bells and whistles are deployed in an inspired dessert involving a chocolate sphere filled with truffle cream and mousse, alongside mandarin sorbet and gel.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Friday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Oli Martin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 60
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 32
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 32

Getting here

8.5 miles east of M6 junction 36 on A65

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Oxenholme
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