“Classy kitchen garden cooking” - AA Inspector
HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Any dining experiences must be pre-booked. To ensure we can effectively manage social distancing for all our guests, we politely request prompt arrival. Where possible the same table will be allocated to guests for their entire stay.
Our Inspector's view
Latin for ‘kitchen garden’, Horto is set in the 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland at Rudding Park, a classy spa and golfing hotel. Restaurants where the gardener gets equal billing with the chef are rare, but that’s the case in Horto, located within the modern spa area (there's also a separate informal café). There’s a very trendy feel to the place, staff casually/smartly dressed and service is from the restaurant team and chefs combined. There are some very modern skills and techniques at play here and no division between starters, mains or desserts - dishes are simply served when they are ready. The flavour combinations are quite simple and clean, but there's fantastic clarity, depth of flavour and execution. Ample ingredients are used from the local area, but also truly from the kitchen garden. Try confit chalk stream trout with radish, cucumber and buttermilk or lamb saddle with turnip and black garlic. At the sweet end of the menu, there’s the ‘tropical rhapsody’ of avocado, chilli and mango.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 45
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines over £30: 68
- Wines by the glass: 68
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire, with its two National Parks and two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is England’s largest county and one of the most rural. This is prime walking country, from the heather-clad heights of the North York Moors to the limestone country that is so typical of the Yorkshire Dales – a place of contrasts and discoveries, of history and legend.
The coastline offers its own treasures, from the fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood Bay to Scarborough, one time Regency spa and Victorian bathing resort. In the 1890s, the quaint but bustling town of Whitby provided inspiration for Bram Stoker, who set much of his novel, Dracula, in the town. Wizarding enthusiasts head to the village of Goathland, which is the setting for the Hogwarts Express stop at Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films.
York is a city of immense historical significance. It was capital of the British province under the Romans in AD 71, a Viking settlement in the 10th century, and in the Middle Ages its prosperity depended on the wool trade. Its city walls date from the 14th century and are among the finest in Europe. However, the gothic Minster, built between 1220 and 1470, is York’s crowning glory.
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