The city of Durham, which is famous for its stunning 11th-century Cathedral, hosts a variety of outstanding eateries, from quaint cafes to vibrant restaurants. In fact, there’s so much choice it can be hard to know where to visit first! That’s why we’ve carefully hand-picked a few we think you’ll love to ensure the best foodie experience when you’re next in the city.
A short walk from the city centre, this authentic Mexican and Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect way to spend a Friday evening. The cosy, family-run eatery, which was established 25 years ago, hosts a range of authentic dishes. From sizzling fajitas (our favourite) to their DIY tacoboards, you’re spoilt for choice. You don’t have to worry if these cuisines aren’t quite up your street, either, as they also serve classic pizzas and hanging kebabs. Their frozen margaritas are popular with guests if you’re wanting a drink, too.
A beautiful, historic eatery situated in the heart of the city centre; Vennels Café is the perfect place for lunch. Having recently had refurbishment work done, it’s set to reopen next week (Monday, August 23) and we just can’t wait. The café, which has a lovely, warming atmosphere serves a selection of freshly homemade scones, cakes, sandwiches, and pies (we recommend the corned beef pie).
The Cellar Door
With attractive riverside views, the Cellar Door is the perfect place if you want to experience what Durham is really about. Located down some narrow steps, it isn’t an obvious find, but once you’ve discovered this amazing place, you won’t regret it. Perfect for a relaxing summer evening, their main menu hosts a range of mouth-watering starters, desserts and main meals (we’re dying to try the Strawberry Soufflé). They also have a lunch (and Sunday Lunch) menu and a wine list worth checking out, if you want to feel extra fancy, that is.
If you’re feeling like something a bit different, then why not shake things up with a visit to OiSaki Kitchen? Tucked away just across the bridge, this restaurant and takeaway takes modern dining to the next level, with simple but effective interiors (perfect if you don’t want anywhere too OTT). Having been labelled ‘Travellers’ Choice 2021’ on Tripadvisor, it offers a selection of delicious dishes that have taken inspiration from China, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand, and has plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
Split & Glory Ice Cream Parlour & Milkshake Bar
Have these hot summer days got you craving ice cream? Well, we have the perfect cure. Above the Chapters of Durham Tea Rooms, you’ll find Split & Glory, which is the ideal place to get your sweet fix. With their retro walls and décor, this lively ice cream parlour will transport you back to the 1950s. You’ll fall in love with the wonderful city mural, which you can gaze at while eating your sundae and drinking your milkshake!
Make sure you check out these amazing eateries and let us know your favourite places to eat in Durham, we’d love to know!