Raby Hunt in County Durham named fourth most exciting restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide

Michelin-winning restaurant Raby Hunt celebrates after being named one of the best in the UK by The right food guide.

The foodie favourite, run by James Close, has been named by the prestigious guidebook as one of the best places to eat, sharing the glory with the likes of the three-star Michelin L’Enclume in Cumbria at an event on the red carpet in London. Pine in Northumberland made number 13 in the list.

The Raby Hunt itself has two Michelin stars and its head chef is delighted with the latest accolade which follows other previous successes including inclusion in the National Restaurant Awards and a list of the 100 best places to eat in the UK. United.

James, who actually started out with the ambition of becoming a professional golfer before deciding to focus on food, is self-taught in the kitchen and has carved out a place for himself in the world of fine dining since opening the Raby Hunt, in Grade II. -listed building in Summerhouse near Darlington, in 2009. He said: “To be ranked number four in the whole country – and to face such incredible opposition is a real achievement for me and for the whole team.

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“It shows that our commitment and continuous striving for perfection has paid off.” The restaurant is the only one in the north to feature on the Good Food Guide‘s list of Britain’s top 10 restaurants. It was beaten only by L’Enclume in first place and, in second and third place, Moor Hall Restaurant in Lancashire and Ynyshir in Ceredigion, Wales. The Michelin-winning pine, at East Wallhouses, however, is listed at number 13.

Following the news, Raby Hunt shared his success on Twitter, saying: “Wow UK number four; amazing for our small family business in County Durham.” Among the responses from followers were “no surprise…lots of congratulations”; “Nice one” and “That’s great news. Well done….fully deserved”.


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