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relaxed dining - The Raby Arms, Hartlepool, County Durham

The Raby Arms

4.4
4.4
84 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in the small and charming Hart Village, just North of Hartlepool, The Raby Arms Pub & Kitchen is a traditional local landmark that has undertaken extensive refurbishment to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. At heart, we’re a true ‘local’, and we’re all about proper pub dining, served with craft and international beers and ales, a diverse wine list, tempting cocktails and top-tier spirits.

Our food menu offers tasty pub favourites given a very special touch, perfectly executed by our chefs and kitchen team.

Join us for a drink, a meal, Sunday roast, or a snack, we’re open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dogs are welcomed into the sports bar only , on a first come first serve basis - not bookable. They must be kept on leads at all times.


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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 9:00 am–11:30 am Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 am Main menu served Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01429 864287
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    james waters

What 84 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for business meals

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for business meals

  • Durham/County Durham

    Good for groups

  • Durham/County Durham

    Healthy

  • Durham/County Durham

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Durham/County Durham

    Great for fine wines

  • Durham/County Durham

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Durham/County Durham

    Lively

84 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service was very good. Friendly staff and the feeling of being welcomed and not rushed during your visit.

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  2. SeanD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Not pleasant on arrival , parmo full of fat and gristle, paying £6,95 for dessert don't expect to be served black bananas, not a good experience

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  3. KyleT

    County Durham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Been wanting to try this place for a while after much social media coverage, but I was left disappointed. The food was fine, but nothing that would make me think ooh I must go there again. The place itself is lovely and has been done up to a decent standard. However, the service was terrible. Not one member of staff cracked a smile, and if they did it was probably wind. It was slow, miserable and non-attentive. If you want to stand out in a crowded market, then your customer service skills and attention to your customers is one way to go about it. This was lacking in abundance throughout.

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  4. WendyM

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely meal. Staff so accommodating due to delays in our groups travel plans. Thank you

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place, the food is lovely. Only wish they had more light bite options and corned beef pie on the pie menu.

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  6. KarenW

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Were greeted at the desk really quickly. Shown to our table. The service was lovely without being over the top. Loved that we weren’t asked numerous times if all was okay. The Sunday roast was ‘spot on’ so tasty. Went in the bar afterwards to meet family and had a drink. Lovely atmosphere. Will be back again when I’m back up north !

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  7. CarolH

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch at its best, the beef was delicious served quickly with a smile, I would be more than happy to recommend.

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  8. Lindyloo

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and service just a shame about the table we sat at.chairs far too low.

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  9. DavidD

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value, excellent food, generous portions for Sunday lunch. It was just great 👍

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  10. CallaghanM

    County Durham

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New menu which included a fish platter for two. Outstanding selection beautifully presented and super tasting. Staff attentive and professional as always.

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  11. CathF

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Raby Arms for our son's 30th birthday. Staff were very helpful and professional. Food was good and the atmosphere was pleasant, especially smell of the woodsmoke as fire was on. We will certainly visit again.

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  12. GranH

    Newcastle

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fish and chips were really tasty, and the price was good too!! 2 for £24.

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  13. DennisS

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely breakfast, great atmosphere will definitely be back

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  14. CraigV

    County Durham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Absolutely shocking service. Booked a table for 6 pm only to be told they were not serving food any more until 7 pm, and then we could only have either pizza or sides. This was totally unacceptable, and the manager's attitude was abysmal and non-aplogetic. If they had pre-warned us that there wasn't any food then it wouldn't have been a problem, but both my son's are diabetic and had injected insulin, expecting to eat the necessary carbs. We then had to leave and try and find an alternative food source and quickly. We went to the Windmill - Sambucas which had a welcoming friendly atmosphere. We got a table and was served straight away, it was lovely. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND RABY ARMS !!!!!

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  15. ElaineR

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch in a pleasant pub atmosphere and the staff are excellent.

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  16. BeverlyR

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great as always, Sunday lunch is best in the town in my opinion.

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  17. LyndaP

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My daughter was very impressed by the numerous vegetarian choices .she eventually settled for the moving mountains vegan burger with fries and said it was the best vegan burger she had ever eaten.I chose the beer batter fish and chips and it was the usual extremely fresh Hartlepool cod .My only complaint is there was far too much and I was unable to eat all the delicious chips and peas. I maybe should have chosen the smaller fish option. Overall and excellent lunch and very attention service .

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hi this was my first time visiting and I wasn't greatly happy with my main meal and dessert. 4 of us dined and weren't entirely happy. I ordered chicken gyros flat bread which was expensive considering I only had 3 pieces of chicken and 8 chips. Highly disappointed

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. The service was good all of the staff were helpful and polite.

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  20. BrendaD

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Sunday roast, best roast potatoes ever. Such caring staff who accommodated our needs for a table without steps for my elderly mother, with no fuss or bother. Very much appreciated and a firm favourite with our family. Nothing was too much trouble, thank you xx

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  21. GraemeE

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great varied menu plenty of choice. The portions were plenty and the presentation was excellent. The food came quickly as well.

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  22. Adam

    County Durham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Sunday dinner is not worth the money, gravy is watery no flavour, no seasoning on mash lumpy texture. The beef is cheap cut and no seasoning. Overall very disappointed.

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  23. JulieB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a range of different dishes and everyone enjoyed theirs. My parmo was delicious. Thank you

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  24. Lauram

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I got the slow roasted flatbread and it’s one of the best meals I’ve had in ages service was great and friendly overall excellent experience!

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  25. ChocGirl8

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly helpful staff, delicious food, we will be back!

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  26. Lainielou

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous Sunday lunch served by very polite and efficient staff, couldn't fault.

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  27. AlanB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had visitors who have a dog so we booked a table for 4 at the Raby Arms because its website says that it is dog friendly. When we made the online reservation, we stated that we would be bringing a dog. On arrival, we we told that dogs were allowed in the bar but not the restaurant. We were told that we could order a meal in the bar but, on looking at it, it is unsuitable for dining so we decided not to bother. In my opinion, the proprietors should amend their website to make it clear that, although dogs may be welcome, they are not welcome in the restaurant.

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  28. JulieR

    County Durham

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can’t rate them enough… fantastic service from start to finish.

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  29. CarolW

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal at the Raby Arms, the service was fantastic the staff are all extremely friendly. The food was outstanding and excellent value for money. I would highly recommend the Raby Arms.

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  30. AmandaT

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We have previously had excellent food & service, however , yesterday, orders were incorrect & missing items. These were resolved but the cauliflower cheese which was missing was dry when they brought it. We had to ask for dessert menus even having sat a long time. The food was otherwise very good.

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  31. ronaldo

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal , great staff and a great venue. We were looking forward to booking for Christmas but they are not yet taking bookings.

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  32. LisaJ

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service swift very organised food good only negative is menus stated belly pork and crackling however neither of us had crackling

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  33. AmandaT

    Surrey

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Sunday lunch . Portions were a decent size & desserts very light . The custard could have been a little warmer but otherwise excellent. Staff were very attentive to our needs too. Will definitely go again.

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  34. Bottlebrook

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Sunday lunch for four people and were very pleased with the food quality and quantity and also the attentive service. Our food order came very quickly, which did not give us much time to relax and chat with a pre dinner drink. Next time we would ask them to wait a little while before serving. Our only criticism was the presentation of the food which was not particularly attractive with roast potatoes scattered randomly on the plate and pieces of the meat hidden in different places, buried under veg or mashed potato. It would have looked much more appetising if a little more care had been taken in placing the food on the plates. However, it was still very nice, well cooked and reasonable value. The staff were warm and welcoming and we would recommend it.

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  35. KathH

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    DISAPPOINTING VEG 3of us had the roast beef Sunday lunch, the meat was gorgeous, just melted in the mouth, Yorkshire pud was lovely as was the roast potatoes and veg. Only down side was the veg, one bowl between three of us and it was all mixed together, green cabbage, leeks, peas and kale. I hate leeks and so didn’t enjoy any of the veg as they were all mixed in together. Really disappointed as the photos on Facebook of the Sunday lunch was broccoli, mashed sweet potato and red cabbage, which looked gorgeous.

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  36. Nanaann

    County Durham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service in a lovely relaxing atmosphere

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  37. GranH

    Newcastle

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely Sunday lunch, nice and tasty, but it does seemed to have shrunk in size since the last time we visited. I know things have gone up in price but surely not that much!

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  38. scottB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Sent risotto back. Terrible. Replaced with chicken parmasan, equally poor.

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  39. AndreaW

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was lovely but the service wasn’t the best We weren’t asked if we would like to see the dessert menu or if we would like any more drinks

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  40. Tereza

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as always. Nice drinks, food, atmosphere, lovely staff

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

The Raby Arms is rated 4.4 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Raby Arms

1 Front St, Hartlepool, County Durham TS27 3AW

Additional information

  • Area
    Hartlepool
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 9:00 am–11:30 am Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 am Main menu served Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    james waters
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Vegan
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