The Raby Hunt is again open and taking dining reservations following extensive refurbishment.

Raby Hunt - Restaurant with rooms

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About Raby Hunt

One of only twenty 2 star Michelin restaurants in the country and the only one in the North East. Set in the heart of the rural hamlet of Summerhouse, near Darlington, in beautiful County Durham, The Raby Hunt is North East England’s first and only two Michelin star restaurant.

Owned and run by one of Britain’s most exciting and innovative young chefs, James Close, he is known for his highly original, simple, yet visually stunning food. Theatre, presentation and seasonality are to the fore, with The Raby Hunt offering just one tasting menu of between 13 and 15 courses.

Housed in a 200-year-old Grade 2 listed former drovers’ inn, The Raby Hunt has recently been extensively refurbished, with the kitchen now on view to allow diners a glimpse of the drama and excitement of a busy two Michelin star restaurant in full-swing.

2017 has seen the launch of the Kitchen Table, where up to six diners per sitting are able to take a front row seat in the kitchen and be personally attended by James and his talented team.

James Close

A food visionary, James’ success has come on the back of hard work, raw talent and a stubbornness to succeed and be the very best he can.

Highly competitive, he is driven by a desire to outdo himself every time he goes into the kitchen, and is continually striving to be different and more creative.

A self-taught chef, he only opened The Raby Hunt – his first ever restaurant – in 2009. Just three years later his modern, unfussy and unique food (artichoke with offal and perigord truffle, and black olive, chocolate and sheep’s yoghurt, are just two examples from the tasting menu) had attracted the attention of Michelin, which awarded The Raby Hunt its first star.

James was immediately hailed a shining new culinary light of his generation; a chef of which great things were expected in the years to come.

He has not disappointed. 

In October 2016, this exciting and ambitious chef took The Raby Hunt to even greater gastronomic glory when it was announced that a second Michelin star was winging its way to Summerhouse – the first time a North East restaurant had ever been honoured in this way.

The current 2017 Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, James sums up his culinary philosophy in just five words: “Taste everything – keep it simple.”

Check room availability, then if you would like to make a room and table reservation you need to call the restaurant on 01325 374237. We will at this point ask for full payment for the room £180 and £195 for January 2019 onwards.

If we don’t have any rooms, we may have tables available, you can check and book this on the “book a table ” link via our website, and then you could consider staying locally. We highly reccomend Headlam Hall – a lovely hotel just along the road from us at which many of our guests stay. There are other hotels and Airbnbs in the area.

Inn (noun), a house providing accommodation, food, and drink, especially for travellers.

A former drovers’ inn, The Raby Hunt has been providing first class hospitality for nigh on 200 years.

Nowadays, it may not be weary travellers stopping off en route to Northumberland and eventually Scotland who come knocking on the door of the two Michelin star The Raby Hunt.

But if you’re a diner looking to extend your gourmet experience, The Raby Hunt is still the perfect place to eat, drink and fall into bed.

We offer three contemporary double en-suite rooms where you can relax in style after being treated to plate after plate of simple, innovative, exquisitely tasting and expertly crafted food.

Room and breakfast for two £180 ( £195 from January 2019)

To book accommodation with a dinner reservation call us on 01325 374237 payment for room is required at time of booking.

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You can reserve tables from 1 to 6 persons directly via our online booking system or 01325 374237 or email

Please note debit/credit card details are required for all bookings and WILL NOT be charged. Please provide your card details at time of booking to secure your reservation. We cannot reserve a table without these details, however no money will be taken from your card. A charge will only occur if you fail to turn up without giving us notice or for a cancellation within 7 days of the seating time of your table reservation. In this circumstance  the charge will be £135 for the restaurant and £160 for the Kitchen Table.


Our telephone line is open from 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday, leave a message if we can’t get to answer and we will get back to you very quickly. If you leave a message on Saturday, Sunday  we will reply on a Monday.

You will receive an email to confirm your reservation, if you don’t receive please check your junk mail. Cancellations must be by email and you should include your booking reference number.

For other enquiries either contact us on 01325 374237 or email

If you are requesting a table after 4pm for the same day you should call the restaurant directly on 01325 374237. Unfortunately, we do not accept dietary requirements our menu is a tasting menu between 13-15 courses.

Please note we do not offer a vegetarian menu.


When you make a reservation with us you agree to our booking terms and conditions. Please note any requested credit card details WILL NOT be charged for deposit purposes. A charge will only occur if you fail to turn up without giving us notice or for a cancellation within 7 days of the seating time of your table reservation. In this circumstance, the charge will be £130 for the restaurant and £160 for the Kitchen Table.

Accommodation Bookings

To book accommodation with a dinner reservation call us on 01325 374237 to check table availability for your chosen date.

Breakfast is served between 9am and 10am only. There will be no reduction in room cost for being unable to make breakfast.



If you have reserved accommodation with us, check in is from 1600 onwards. The tariff for accommodation including breakfast is £180 and £195 from January 2019 onwards. We operate a 28 day cancellation/no show policy. If you cancel your booking 28 days or less from the day of your reservation no refund would be applicable.



Reservations & Room Bookings
+44 (0) 1325 374 237

Kitchen Table

At the Raby Hunt Kitchen Table you can experience our 13-15 course tasting menu with a stunning view of a 2 Michelin Star kitchen at work. Watch Good Food Guide Chef of the Year, James Close, and his team plating up the best food in the North East of England while you dine.

Unfortunately we can not accommodate dietary requirements at the kitchen table.

The maximum table size is 6 people. Seats at the Kitchen table can be booked online as parties of between 1 and 5,  subject to availability. Parties of six must be booked via phone 01325 374237.

Please note parties of 1, 2 and 3 may be dining alongside other guests at the Kitchen Table.

Available Wednesday – Saturday evening for seating at 7pm, Friday lunch at 12pm and Saturday lunch at 12pm.

The Kitchen Table is £160 per person and includes Champagne on arrival (price is subject to change)



The Raby Hunt Restaurant
County Durham

Reservations & Room Bookings
+44 (0) 1325 374 237

Opening Hours:
Lunch:  Friday lunch at The Kitchen Table and Saturday lunch at The Kitchen Table and in the Restaurant.
Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday 6pm – 9.30pm at Kitchen Table and in the Restaurant

The Raby Hunt is a two Michelin star restaurant with rooms situated in the small village of Summerhouse, just a few minutes’ drive from the A1 and six miles from Darlington.

Durham City is 18 miles away, Newcastle-upon-Tyne a 50 minute drive, and York just over an hour south on the A1.

Summerhouse lies on the edge of Teesdale in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a short distance from the picturesque towns and villages of Barnard Castle, Staindrop, Romaldkirk and Middleton-in-Teesdale.