The Raby Hunt

I love a good tasting menu.

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There is something so intensely pleasurable about stunningly plated dishes serving the absolute finest the chef has to offer. I think it’s something about the lack of decision making (and food envy), as well as having a group of people collectively enjoying the same dishes together that I absolutely love.

We were up north for a celebration and had a table at The Raby Hunt booked. I was already pretty excited (the Raby Hunt is the only michelin-starred restaurant in the North East), but was almost giddy with excitement after reading Jay Rayner’s review. This level of giddiness and excitement is, I’m guessing, what football fans must feel like when their team scores. I was ecstatic.

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Every single course was exquisite. We opted for the 11-course menu, starting with the raw scallop and grapefruit, which was served with a little ponzu.  This was followed by dehydrated artichoke skin, topped with some kind of offal – the centre was cold, and it had been slow-cooked – on paper, none of this should have made sense, but the combination of temperatures, flavours and textures was unreal.

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The attention to detail was so great, especially in the 62° Lindisfarne Oyster – not just the temperature it was cooked at, but the garnish of English wasabi, too. I can’t wait to (eventually) bring my Japanese relatives here, to see what they make of traditional ingredients and flavours used in this way.

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The next two dishes were among my favourite – the razor clams with almond and celeriac, as well as the raw beef with caviar were unlike any I’d had before. It’s worth noting that if you’re not a fan of raw things, this might not be the place for you (but then again, neither is my blog, so jog on).

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Even the dishes that seemed like they might be placeholders had the ability to surprise, like the sea bream with smoked cod roe and spinach, or the spring salad – it all tasted even better than it looked (and it looked pretty damn good).

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Based on the very brief descriptions of the desserts on the menu, I was both bewildered and apprehensive. Black olive, chocolate and sheep’s yoghurt is not usually what I find in the dessert menu. But of course, nothing about the meal was usual – it was a triumph. Chocolatey, rich, and served with orange oil, it was perfect.

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The licorice and lime, too, was astounding – I hate licorice usually, but the thin wafer of caramelised licorice and fennel with the lime cream completely won me over.

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The Yuzu chocolates were the perfect end to the best meal I have had this year. Seriously. Please go, it’s amazing.

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  • What an interesting restaurant name, I wonder where it comes from? The raw beef and caviar sounds like a must try dish

    • I think it must be to do with the name of the land its on, which is a hunt, not sure about where ‘Raby’ comes from though! x

  • This all looks AMAZING! I love the look of the razor clams and the sea bream <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

  • I love tasting menus too – such a great way to try new things that you’d never usually order without having to commit to a full size dish x

  • Oh how wonderful – this looks supremely delicious! I’m less able to do tasting menus since I discovered my scallop allergy, but I gobble up reviews of them like a good ‘un.

    • It really was! Oh no, that’s such a shame – a lot of places are really great about substitutions! xx

  • Coco Cami

    Such delicious food, dining at The Raby Hunt looks like an unforgettable experience. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Camille xo

    • Thanks Camille! It really was – definitely worth going if you’re in that part of the UK! xx

  • I’m in awe of this food!!! And an 11 course meal is something completely new to me, although on the continent they eat like this frequently! The food looks aboalutely delicous, I’d be as giddy as you were if I was eating here!!

    • Thanks Georgia! 11 courses sounds like a lot, but they were (mostly) small bites, and each course was so delicious! Definitely worth going to if you’re ever in the area! xx

  • Emily

    Firstly, your photography is incredible! You’ve made me SO very hungry though! I’ve never actually had a tasting menu before myself but I love the idea of it. They are always so beautifully presented!

    Musings & More

    • Thank you so much, Emily! 🙂 The dishes were presented so beautifully. I definitely recommend tasting menus – the Clover Club in London do a fabulous one! xx

  • Oh wow, everything looks divine and I’m particularly enamored with those gold chocolate skulls! x