With a healthy mix of traditional pubs, innovative British gourmet bistros, Indian curry houses and international brasseries, Darlington's restaurants scene is one of the most vibrant in the North East. New places seem to open all the time, reflecting the city's place at the heart of the region's dining boom, so if you are in town and fancy some exceptional grub, there will almost certainly be an option to set your tastebuds tingling. All of the best Darlington restaurants are available to book right now via Quandoo's dining database.
Recent years have seen some fabulous upmarket gastropub restaurants join Darlington's dining community, with a mixture of British and European chefs showing local gourmet fans what they can do. Examples aren't hard to come by, but standouts include adapted pubs in Longnewton (which also happen to be dog-friendly if you need a place for your pet!). These pubs are going well beyond steak and kidney pies, offering dishes like langoustines tempura, confit duck and rosemary marinated lamb loin. Fresh ingredients and accomplished chefs work their magic at these elite eateries, which are among the finest restaurants Darlington has to offer.
Back in town, you'll find plenty of places to have a few drinks and some fine food on a Friday or Saturday evening. The city centre is packed with laid-back bar restaurants which have excellent ales and continental Pilsners on tap, endless wine lists and the chance to share platters featuring all of the fries you can eat, topped with a decadent helping of Cheddar cheese or five bean chilli. Casual dining has hardly ever been of such a high quality, making Darlington's restaurants a fantastic stopping off point during a big night out.
Asian food is also a major part of Darlington's restaurants scene, with a range of Indian and Thai places that go the extra mile to offer new tastes and ingredients for North East diners. Try some unusual Bengali specialities like shatkora and lamb curries, which have a delicate fruitiness, or go for delectable massaman curries from Thailand or Malaysia for a coconut-infused spicy delight. There's definitely no need to venture into Newcastle or Leeds to find a world-class curry with these Asian restaurants in Darlington to choose from!
If you're on a health kick but you feel the need for some gourmet food, Darlington's restaurants can help you out. In nearby Sedgefield, you'll find exceptional Italian eateries which allow you to match up some wholesome seafood starters with nutritious protein-filled mains. In the centre of Darlington, Italian restaurants will also be delighted to welcome you into their intimate dining rooms before whipping up a bowl of seafood linguini or a tricolore salad!
Not all of the high-quality restaurants in the Darlington area are in the city centre itself. Actually, some of the most appealing gastropubs and brasseries are located in nearby villages like Piercebridge, Sadberge or Coatham Mundeville. They are only a few miles from the centre of town, but they offer a great opportunity to get away from Darlington to restaurants that create a magical gastronomic experience. Why not take the family and make a day of it, with a meal at one of Darlington's best restaurants as the highlight?