Yarm, Yorkshire

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Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Everything about Judges smacked of class and excellence.’ Readers this year loved this smart hotel on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors. Built as a family residence in 1881, and surrounded by mature gardens, it served in the 1970s as lodgings for circuit judges. Today it is run for the Downs family by the ‘charming, humorous’ manager, Tim Howard, and his ‘attentive, friendly, courteous’ staff. ‘We particularly liked the way the receptionist came to the door when we got back each evening, to welcome us “home”.’ Afternoon tea is served by the fire in the elegant lounge. Bedrooms, some with whirlpool bath, have a sleigh bed or four-poster, rich fabrics, complimentary fruit and sherry. New chef David McBride uses produce from local suppliers and the walled kitchen garden in such ‘sensational’ dishes as Yorkshire lamb rump, pommes purée, garden peas, anchovy, salsa verde, cherry tomatoes, rosemary jus. There are also vegan and vegetarian menus, and one with simpler fare (salads, pastas, burgers). ‘Lunch, dinner and breakfast were delicious.’ ‘Our stay was sublime.’ (Robert Senior, Glynne Davies, Anne Cooling). This hotel is also a member of Pride of Britain.

Hotel details


Kirklevington Hall
TS15 9LW


01642 789000


21. Some on ground floor.


all year.


lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, business centre, civil wedding licence, 36-acre grounds (paths, running routes), access to local spa and sports club, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

Radio 4 at breakfast, classical background music in restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


guide dogs only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £99–£205, double £145–£225, D,B&B double £220–£300. À la carte £50.