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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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High-impact modern dining in the former headmaster’s residence

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At a glance

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

Founded by a local philanthropist at the dawn of the 17th century, the old Yorebridge grammar school is deeply rooted into this gorgeous location, although the present schoolhouse and headmaster's residence date from around 1850. Today, the trim greystone buildings make a living as a fine country hotel, and you can imagine that the bucolic delights of such a soul-soothing spot must have provided some relief from the grim, disciplinarian regime of those days. Legend has it that one long-gone headmaster was rather more interested in fishing the local waters than improving the educational standards of his pupils. And who can blame him, with the luxuriant Yorkshire Dales unfolding all around, and Yorebridge’s five acres bracketed by the rivers Bain and Ure flowing peacefully by. The main building and guest rooms have indeed been boutiqued to perfection, some kitted out with their own terrace and hot tub, while an understated palette of charcoal-grey against louvred doors makes for a stylishly neutral contemporary look in the dining room. Dan Shotton and his brigade favour a straightforward, unpretentious approach to the modern British repertoire, founded on ingredients of unimpeachable quality in regionally based dishes executed with skill and creativity, but without undue complication. The kitchen’s flair for comforting, intuitive flavour combinations is clear from the off, as when rabbit is lifted by the earthy notes of watercress and carrot, or when a scallop starter is teamed with meaty pork and the contrasting sharpness of Granny Smith apple. Sound northern meats such as Gressingham duck and Dexter beef fillet from local suppliers (duly name-checked on the menu) appear in intuitive, immensely appealing combinations, the former, perhaps, with red cabbage and parsnip purée, the latter with turnips and king oyster mushrooms. Likewise, fish is sourced from trusted local suppliers, and might appear in the shape of superb halibut with brown shrimp and sea kale. The finale could be an impressive array of British cheeses, including some fine local specimens from Swaledale or the Wensleydale creamery, with quince, chutney and lavoche crispbread, or there may be a coffee-based idea accessorised with amaretti and mascarpone. If you’re an aficionado of rhubarb, you're in the right county, and could well find it starring in contemporary fusion mode with yuzu and blackberry. The wine list sources some imaginative choices from the New World as well as doing justice to the classic regions of Europe, with helpful notes to guide the way.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Daniel Shotton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 90
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Starter from: £15
  • Main course from: £30
  • Dessert from: £15
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A648 to Bainbridge. Yorebridge House north of centre on right before river.

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Garsdale, Northallerton, Donington
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