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To save you the hassle of researching and so you can relax and enjoy your holiday, we have shared our local knowledge and expertise by listing  our favourite: walks, food n drink, things to do and other local recommendations.

 

Whether it’s a full days hike, an evening meal out or a few hours walk with a pint with fish and chips to finish, GO eXplore has it all here.

MICHELIN STAR AND SUPER FANCY RESTAURANTS

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

There are several exquisite dining options available locally, some include Michelin Star chefs and all are within 45 minutes driving distance, these include: Shaun Rankin* at The Grantley Hall in Ripon, Alice Hawthorn in Nun Monkton , Tommy Banks* at the Black Swan in Olstead, Andrew Pern’s* The Star Inn in Harome, Raby Hunt** in Summerhouse near Darlington and The Bayhorse at Hurworth.



Shaun Rankin* at Grantley Hall, RIPON

Distance - 15 minutes Drive


This stunning hotel has multiple restaurants, the grounds and building itself is breath-taking. Their Sean Rankin restaurant has a Michelin star. We love Fletchers, it’s a white table cloth affair and their steak tartar and beef wellington is to die for. They have an outdoor heated restaurant and an Asian fusion.


 


Alice Hawthorn, nun Monkton

Distance - 25 minutes Drive


A stunning country pub in a village that is often fully booked. The service and food is beyond that of a gastropub but not as pretentious as a Michelin star. For us its sheer perfection (if a little pricey).


 


TOMMY BANKS* AT THE BLACK SWAN, OLDSTEAD

Distance - 30 minutes Drive


This wonderful restaurant by Tommy Banks (who also has roots in York) has a Michelin star and is simply beautiful. It’s a little quiet and stiff for our liking but the food and experience Is wonderful.


 

Andrew Pern’s* THE STAR INN, HAROME

Distance - 40 minutes Drive


It’s perfect and consistently exceptional, and in addition to a la carte and tasting menus they have a bargain market menu for bar area seating reservations – it cost around £35 for 2 courses but you eat what they serve.


 


Raby Hunt**, SUMMERHOUSE nr DARLINGTON

Distance - 45 minutes Drive


2 Star Michelin restaurants are a rarity in our region. We haven’t been yet, but we have heard the rave reviews from friends and it’s on our hit list when we have a spare £400.


 


BAYHORSE, HURWORTH on tees

Distance - 45 minutes Drive


It is stunning, and the reviews / write ups are amazing. Upmarket dining but casual and friendly. We strongly recommend it despite the distance.

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