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Time to enjoy the best Durham restaurants

Time to enjoy the best Durham restaurants You'll enjoy history, culture, entertainment and excellent restaurants in Durham, an ancient city located just south of Newcastle upon Tyne in the northeast of England. Tourists flock to see the Romanesque cathedral and the castle, which dates back to Norman times. Other key attractions include the thirteenth-century Crook hall with its beautiful gardens and maze, the Botanic gardens of the University and the superb Oriental Museum which is packed with artefacts from Egypt, the Middle East and Asia. The winding River Wear also offers superb walking opportunities and the surrounding countryside is a draw of its own.

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Bistro Italiano

Town Centre

Le Raaj - Chester Le Street

Chester Moor
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    Restaurants in Durham to suit every taste

    Restaurants in Durham to suit every taste There are a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants all across Durham city centre and its surrounding areas, and the offering varies to suit all tastes and budgets; from student-friendly vegan cafes with affordable menus through to lavish tasting menus at AA Rosette restaurants. Make sure you book ahead though; the city is always packed with coach loads of visitors keen to soak up the history and culture and the most popular Durham restaurants tend to get very busy at key times of day. The good news is that you can beat the rush by reserving your table online at Quandoo. Simply go online, search for Durham Restaurantsand then make your booking up to two hours in advance.
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    Delicious food and drink, surrounded by history

    Delicious food and drink, surrounded by history Not many eating venues can claim to be located in a UNESCO World Heritage site, but Durham's restaurants, cafes and bars enjoy the accolade! Why not pick a venue with views of the cathedral or castle or even the rolling Durham Dales. Those keen to travel beyond the city walls will find plenty of excellent dining options along the Durham Coast and Vale of Durham; including various award-winning venues. This is an area where food is taken seriously - as you'll learn when you read some of the many reviews on Quandoo!
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    Which cuisine suits you?

    Which cuisine suits you? There's a real international flavour in the city's gastronomic scene. If you love Italian, then you will find restaurants in Durham that range from the family-friendly pizza joint to award-winning regional Italian cuisine. Enjoy entertainment with your meal? Then why not try out one of the lively American themed bars or a Mexican buffet with music. Some of the Mediterranean restaurants also hold salsa dancing classes in the evenings if you are feeling energetic! For those diners who want something a little quieter, however, there are some wonderful hidden restaurants in Durham's quieter historic streets. You'll love the ancient architecture and artful interior restorations. Look out for roof gardens and terraces where you can watch the city's life unfold in front of you as you dine.
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    Durham's restaurants have real heritage

    Durham's restaurants have real heritage The city is known amongst foodies for being the birthplace of that English condiment classic; mustard! Fiery mustard seeds were first ground in Saddler Street in the eighteenth century. Today, the area is still renowned for its food scene, with artisan bakers and farmers, award-winning cheese makers, microbreweries and fine bakers. Why not combine a visit to one of the many restaurants in Durham with a trip to the local farmers' markets, food festivals or county farm shops? The Bishop Auckland Food Festival is a good place to start, and it's held every April.
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    Pride and passion in the gastronomic scene

    Pride and passion in the gastronomic scene The city's restaurateurs are passionate about their food provenance, quality ingredients and locally-sourced seasonal menus. In fact, seasonal and local food are two key themes in the city's gastronomic offering and you'll find frequent reference to both at the menus you read. Look for Durham restaurants with specials boards and recommendations if you want to try something different. Many chefs love to be asked if they will cook something off-menu - especially in the higher end restaurants. Tasting menus are also an excellent way to experience expert and award-winning cooking and discover new tastes and combinations. Just put your smartphone away! The best restaurants in Durham often prefer their diners to focus on the immediacy of their dining experience rather than snapping every course for social media - so put away your technology, open the wine list instead and enjoy the superb atmosphere and dining experience first-hand!
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    Share your experiences with your community

    Share your experiences with your community Whether you decide to enjoy tea and cake at a local vegetarian cafe, or go all-out with a 7 course menu at one of the Good Food Guide restaurants in Durham, remember to share your experience with your fellow diners online at Quandoo. This helps us to create an informed community and makes it easy for you to find the perfect dining venues for every occasion as you travel around the UK!