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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 house

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At a glance

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

Dating from 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, with the luxuriant Yorkshire Dales unfolding all around, and Yorebridge’s five acres bracketed by the rivers Bain and Ure flowing peacefully by. The public areas and guest rooms have been boutiqued to perfection, while an understated neutral contemporary style fits the bill in the dining room. Dan Shotton and his brigade champion the region’s produce in menus that reflect ambition and a desire to impress via modern British ideas 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 chalk stream trout is lifted by crab and the earthy note of beetroot, or when beef carpaccio is teamed with salt-baked kohlrabi and deftly aromatized with truffle. Intense flavours show up in mains too, in well-balanced combinations of, say, Wensleydale pork with carrot and chicory jam, or Nidderdale chicken with morels and purple sprouting broccoli. Likewise, fish is sourced from trusted local suppliers, and might appear in the shape of superb halibut with cauliflower and dashi consommé. Before moving on to dessert, you might consider the outlay on an impressive array of British cheeses to be money well spent, particularly as they include some fine local specimens from Swaledale or the Wensleydale creamery, served with imaginative accompaniments of quince, pickled grapes and lavoche crispbread. The finale might be a virtuoso workout based on luxuriant 72% chocolate accessorised with hazelnut and milk. If you’re an aficionado of rhubarb, you're in the right county, and could find it teaming up with white chocolate in support of a retro ‘Caramac’ parfait.

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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(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

  • 3-course dinner from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • 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, Darlington
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