37 restaurants in Durham
Restaurants in Durham:
Court Lane, Durham, DH1 3JS [Map]
An interesting mix of Asian cuisines characterises Zen, the menu offers a wide oriental choice, based on a fusion of authentic street and market foods as well as international favourites. Some of their specialities are crispy salt and pepper squid and King prawn; som tum salad; dim sum; wonton soup Zen twist; Mongolian beef and green curry.
The dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from Thailand, China, Vietnam and India; all are infused with a plethora of international and traditional flavours. Zen is set in the heart of historic Durham bringing a slice of eastern promise, with a contemporary feel, suitable for both the sophisticated and the casual diner.
Farm Road, Houghall, Durham, DH1 3PJ [Map]
The restaurant is named after its previous role as a Victorian pumping station, where the first tap water was pumped to Durham. There are not too many restaurants where you could go to and watch your vegetables growing, and at The Pumphouse the majority of their produce arrives at their door from local suppliers, most less than five miles away.
The menus change regularly to reflect the seasons; so there are traditional classics such as fish fingers through to some more unusual creations like three ways with pork - confit shoulder, slow roast belly, black pudding and apples. All designed to intrigue your mind and entice your taste buds. Or you could try the red mullet with escabeche vegetables and spinach and goats' cheese soufflé, followed by cannon of lamb or chicken supreme with foraged mushrooms and egg tagliatelle. A trio of scented creams - raspberry, lemon and basil with espresso coffee is a delightful way to finish.
Gourmet, Modern British
North Bitchburn Terrace, Crook, Durham, DL15 8AL [Map]
British, Pub, Traditional
Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RL [Map]
Located in the heart of Durham on Palace Green, and conveniently near to the Music and Theology faculties, Almshouses attracts people from all walks of life, particularly a large number of students. Those in search of a quick cuppa in the morning and perhaps a soup or a salad will not go away disappointed, while the hearty eaters could settle for the smoked haddock and prawn pie with buttered spinach, or tagine of lamb and chickpeas with preserved lemon cous cous.
Move down further to choose between the Craster crab and rocket; Almshouses ham and Dijon mustard, or roast beef and horseradish rolls. The dessert list is well-chosen with apple, date and cinnamon strudel, and the gluten-free lemon polenta cake.
The atmosphere is quite informal and a self-service approach is emphasised. With the proprietor Eric Marrion's artwork adorning the walls, which is up for sale, Almshouses is a place where food, art and history meet in convivial surroundings.
Café, Casual, International
Forth House, Unit 6, Mandale Business Park, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TH [Map]
The Hide chain of cafés, bars, and grills pleases customers very effectively in the north east, and west Yorkshire. Their delicious, varied cuisine, contemporary interiors, informal yet attentive service, and relaxing atmospheres appeal to most people visiting a Hide.
Hide Out Café Bar is situated in the Mandale Business Park in Durham City, and urges customers to 'Eat in Eat out and Eat well' always. On offer are special teas and freshly brewed coffees, homemade snacks, sandwiches, soups, and daily dishes.
Breakfast time choices could include bacon, sausage, and fried egg sandwiches or full English breakfasts. There are continental style baguettes, jacket potatoes, mouth watering paninis, salads and pastas, and dishes such as chilli con carne and rice, homemade corned beef pies; hot roast pork sandwiches with apple sauce and a sage and onion stuffing; burgers, and fish and chips.
A small list of wine, beer and juice does not disappoint.
17 Hallgarth Street, Durham, DH1 3AT [Map]
Probably the finest invention to ever come out of Spain is the tapas bar, that wonderfully informal form of eating, with lots of small and interesting dishes, eaten slowly with a delicious fino sherry or quickly if the need arises. The Americans may claim to have invented 'grazing' in restaurants, but the Spanish beat them to it by many hundreds of years.
The original El Coto is a good example of the breed and has become a much appreciated addition to the vibrant Newcastle eating out scene, so much so that they have opened this, their third, outlet in Durham.
The tapas are good value, and offer many of the traditional favourites like sweet and spicy peppers stuffed with black pudding, or albondigas - homemade lamb meatballs in a Spanish sauce - that are tasty and spicy, giving meat balls a good name!
There is a huge range of tapas dishes on offer, from the usual omelette through to the more unusual Boquerones con tomate 'aliñao' - unsalted anchovies and tomatoes with an olive oil, chopped garlic and parsley dressing; and offer bocadillos, sandwiches for non-Spanish speakers, at lunchtime. All this is served by pleasant members of staff, who will explain anything that you are not quite sure about.
No wonder that it is extremely popular with those who know and likely to remain so.
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