Thursday 28 December 2017
The Raby Hunt is accused of anti-social noise and illegal planning changes. Neighbours in Co Durham claim they get woken up by food deliveries at 5.30am
They are also furious about the lowering of the Grade II-listed building's wall. Planning permission was granted for the renovations by the council's planning committee, but the residents remain defiant it shouldn't have been. A letter signed 'Y Stonehouse, ' a resident whose home is next to the restaurant, wrote: 'The village of Summerhouse has suffered from the extraction system that was unlawfully placed on the side of the building with the noise which could be heard over the far side of the green and right up West Side road.
'The noise commenced 8.00 in the morning right onto 11.30 at night which was unbearable when the staff forgot to reduce the power and was on full power most of the time since it was installed at the end of May 2017.' On its website, the restaurant describes itself as follows: '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, seasonality are to the fore, with The Raby Hunt offering just the one 12/15-course tasting menu. '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.'
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