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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 cooking driven by garden produce

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At a glance

Open all year
Tasting menu

Set in the sleek spa area of the posh Rudding Park Hotel, the casual daytime café cranks things up a notch or two and puts on its Horto badge to serve up six-course tasters in the evening. If your Latin’s a bit rusty, the name means ‘garden’ and that’s where much of the seasonal ingredients come from, bolstered by the best materials the area can offer. Chef Murray Wilson’s modern cooking is driven by an acutely seasonal eye, delivering big flavours from simple combinations with minimum posturing. You know you’re on to a good thing when the bread is a superb tangy sourdough paired with showstopping chicken and thyme butter. Mozzarella mousse with tomato water and a crisp tomato tuile opens the show, then that splendid garden produce is showcased in a pretty plate of spring salad boosted with herb pannacotta, chicken skin and millet. Elsewhere, there’s a wonderful interplay of tastes and textures in a dish of super-fresh crab partnered with peas, yuzu and peanut, while perfectly timed hogget loin comes with broad beans and a vibrant mix of yogurt and verbena. Desserts are clever and creative too, as seen in a deconstructed cheesecake involving macerated strawberries, elderflower and sweet cicely.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: all week


  • Chef(s): Murray Wilson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British

Getting here

From A61 at roundabout with A658 take York exit, follow signs to Rudding Park

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