Michelin man unveils new menus at The Orangery

Richard Allen- Orangery Kitchen Service

Richard Allen- Orangery Kitchen Service

A Michelin-starred chef has revealed his plans for The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington in County Durham.

Richard Allen is one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs and has held a Michelin star since 2011, as well as three AA Rosettes for eight years. He also has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys’ Head Chef of the Year 2012 and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2012. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett’s People of Today.

Since taking over as executive head chef of The Orangery, Richard has developed a new menu featuring a host of new dishes which make best use of seasonal and regional produce, as well as some from Rockliffe Hall’s 365 acre estate.

Orangery Pigeon (1)

With the emphasis on ‘bringing the outside in’, Richard’s new menu offers a foodie journey across land, sea and air. Dishes include: - ‘Pork’ crispy belly pork, fillet and braised cheek, poached langoustine and chorizo; ‘Mackerel’ served as a fillet, parfait and shashimi with Asian flavours and cucumber seeds; ‘Turbot’ brown crab, saffron, quinoa and squid cracker; ‘Beetroot’ served with goat’s cream and fritters, Iberico ham and Marcona almonds; ‘Pigeon’- roasted breast with onion, foie gras and sultana jus; and ‘Lobster’ served Caesar with avocado and Ebene caviar.

Dessert highlights include: ‘Apple’- apple pressing served with Calvados mousse and toffee ice cream; ‘Pistachio’- pistachio and olive oil cake, orange gel and chocolate; and ‘Banana’- banana cheesecake with sate foam, salted caramel and sesame brittle.

Orangery Beetroot

Before joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard was executive chef of the Michelin-starred Tassili restaurant at the 5* Grand Jersey Hotel and has worked with well-known names such as Martin Blunos, Cheong Liew and Michel Roux Junior.

Originally from Poole in Dorset, Richard has relocated to the North East with his wife and two sons.

Richard Allen said: “I am really excited to now be able to unveil our new menus for The Orangery and share my style of cooking. My aim is to take guests on a culinary journey of tastes and textures to really showcase the magnificent produce not just here in the North East but from our own grounds as well.


“We want to bring the outside in with a few surprises too. But, overall, it’s all about the stunning surroundings of The Orangery, great food and a memorable experience.”


The Orangery is open Tuesday-Thursday evenings.

The Orangery Sample Menu

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