At Grantley Hall
Driving into Grantley Hall for a visit to Restaurant EightyEight is a real treat. The promise of what lies ahead, whether you have never been, or luckily like me, several times, is enticing. As you sweep through the gates and up the hill, leaving the pace of a crazy world behind, the quiet, stately grandeur of the estate is not just impressive but also soothing.
We head past the elegant Palladian-style house, but swing past and into the car park close to a contemporary curved and undulating building nestling discreetly in a stunning Japanese garden. Should you visit Grantley, I suggest you give yourself time to see this.
The modernist building houses Bar and Restaurant EightyEight and Valeria’s, a late-night champagne and cocktail bar named after the owner and woman behind Grantley Hall’s transformation, Valeria Sykes .
This modernist building should jar against the splendour of the 17th-century hall, but I love how it blends seamlessly into the landscape and is barely perceptible.
Restaurant EightyEight is one of five dining offers at Grantley Hall.
There’s fine dining from Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin; the more relaxed, but still sophisticated Fletcher’s – named, I imagine, after Fletcher Norton, the first Baron Grantley.
I highly recommend Afternoon Tea in the main hall, and in the warmer months, there’s alfresco dining next to the Norton Bar and the Orchard.
EightyEight not only stands alone in a separate building, but the bold promise of an eclectic fusion of Yorkshire and eastern flavours separates it menu-wise too.
Bar & Restaurant EightyEight, Grantley Hall, Grantley, Ripon, HG4 3ET. Tel: 01765 620070.
Dinner for two, three courses with wine £167.00. Open: Mon to Sun, Dinner 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm.
Last food order is 9:45pm and Tasting Menu last order 9:00pm.