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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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Country-house cooking in glorious grounds

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Dating from 1881, the Judges Country House Hotel occupies a magnificent edifice within 22 acres of well-maintained grounds that include a walled kitchen garden. The dining room is furnished and decorated in keeping with the age and the 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 as standard 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, with Loch Duart salmon and Wye Valley rhubarb appearing in an opener with garnishes of Avruga caviar and Granny Smith apple and a scent of lemon verbena, while main courses run to Yorkshire lamb loin and pressed shoulder alongside wild garlic mash and capers, or a marine combination of east coast cod, brown shrimps and cockles with potato and leeks. Classic steak and sauce pairings with triple-cooked chips, the meat salt-aged for at least 35 days, will please traditionalists, and desserts look to savoury seasonings for coconut parfait with wasabi sorbet and coriander, or crème brûlée with textured strawberries and tarragon. The short Market Menu is particularly good value in the opulent circumstances.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Dave McBride

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 28
  • Wines over £30: 107
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9.50
  • Main course from27.50
  • Dessert from: £7.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

1.5 miles from A19. At A67 junction, follow Yarm road, hotel on left.

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