Ruddy Duck at Wortley Hall
The two-AA-rosette-awarded Ruddy Duck offers a traditional dining experience set within the stunning Wortley Hall. With seating for 30 people and an open kitchen, the restaurant has a charming and cosy atmosphere. It’s located in the stunning main hall but is open to non-residents and has its own entrance. Only the best local ingredients are used, including produce from the hall’s own kitchen garden – the home-grown rhubarb in particular is superb. The menu aims to showcase the best Yorkshire ingredients, cooked using modern techniques. From the menu you might like to start with the plaice fillet roasted in butter with mussels, verjus sauce, parsley root and kale. Follow with roast lamb loin and lamb shoulder slow cooked in rosemary and smoked garlic, served with Jerusalem artichoke and cavolo nero, before finishing with a 70-per-cent dark chocolate fondant, served with white chocolate Aero, Pedro Ximinez ice cream and yuzu gel.
Originally owned by the Earl of Wharncliffe, Wortley Hall itself is a Grade II listed ex-stately home that’s now operated uniquely as a non-profit co-operative. All the proceeds from its endeavours go directly back into the house and gardens. It’s set within 26 acres of stunning grounds, which are open for a leisurely stroll, and has a beautiful outdoor terrace. It also has 55 bedrooms, private dining rooms, a bar and function rooms.