The country pub is a great British tradition, and one that has endured over the years. While there are often inns located miles from anywhere, in the Durham district of North End, you can find The Garden House Inn, where they offer all the perks of a country pub, within walking district of Durham railway station on Framwelgate Peth. Take a trip here for British favourites, served up in a gourmet style and accompanied by a fully-stocked bar and an extensive wine list. Book a table now and head on over to taste the best that Durham has to offer.
There are plenty of places that offer British pub grub around the north-east, and plenty of gourmet restaurants as well. Few places though, can offer the combination of the two quite like The Garden House Inn on Framwelgate Peth in North End. They’re just a short walk from the main Durham train station, and the food on offer reflects both the cosmopolitan elements of the town and the traditional British country pub traditions that have maintained over the years. Let us talk you through the menu.
There are British pub classics, of course – cod and triple-cooked chips, Whitby wholetail scampi and a proper Sunday lunch – alongside gourmet dishes: try their Korean fried pork, tempura broccoli or the buffalo mozzarella for an international flavour. Take the trip up Framwelgate Peth to North End, not quite as far as Aykley Heads, for one of the finest British pubs in Durham in the form of The Garden House Inn – just remember to book your table ahead of time to ensure a prime seat.
Very nice food and pleasant staff. The Rhubarb Swiss roll was divine. The menu has enough options without being too long which in my book is a sign of a good restaurant - understanding that less is more! (Having said that portion sizes are also satisfactory)
A very enjoyable lunch, tasty starters of cheese croquettes, cauliflower fritters and dipping sauces. Good house white and a tasty lobster sandwich. Definitely going back for dinner soon.
Lovely food great atmosphere and quick service. The only complaint I have is the car park which is very small with the access from one side blocked which is not helpful but once inside the pub the food was excellent
Excellent friendly service and a fantastic Sunday roast. The 12-hour-beef was to die for! Lovely Interiour with welcoming fireplaces. Everything was fresh and served relatively quickly. The whole family loved it!
Very nice on the whole. The Inn itself has a lot of character, although we were seated in the (newly built?) conservatory, but it was bright and cheerful on a Sunday afternoon. Food was very nice. Really it was traditional Sunday Lunch fair, but of a slightly more chef-y sort. A Few shortcuts were taken (veggies served under the John Dory were the same as serve as a side veg, and the sauce was quite similar to the sauce my wife had on the gnocchi). But the food was very tasty. The side veg and potato were very nicely done, which makes for a nice change. The lemon posset was lovely. Service was very nice, although maybe inexperienced and got a bit frazzled when things got busy. On the whole lovely, and would recommend and go again.
The bar area is the place to be rather than the conservatory as it has more character. Wide selection of food on the menu, lobster sandwich starter was excellent as was the tomato soup. Wine reasonably priced and 3 real ales available. The main course (hake) was very tasty but we had virtually finished the wine by the time it arrived. Whether not all the chefs were in with it being a Monday I don't know but other people around were waiting as well. So, on the whole very good, just the long wait a bit of a downside.
Bit disappointing - the interior and experience doesn't really match the exterior. Met with a smell of toilets as we walked through the front door, very dingy inside, had to find someone to show us to our table. Floor was sticky and bots of food from previous diners. Our server was lovely and friendly, but we did wait over an hour from arrival to getting our main course, with only drinks and some bread and butter between (no starters) and we had to ask where our food was. No vanilla ice cream for dessert /accompaniment (but not explained when menus were asked for) meant we all had to choose something else or go without. Nice staff, food was OK and reasonable price but the other things really let it down. Probably wouldn't visit again unfortunately, as its very local to us.
I ordered the monkfish cheeks to start, what I got was posh scampi, it just wasn't what I had in mind, even if it was monkfish, you couldn't taste it for the deep fried breadcrumbs!! Not great, but the main more than made up for it!! I ordered the 12 hour feather blade beef, which was fantastic and my wife had the rare rump of beef which was well worth the extra £2 supplement!! The starter was quickly forgotten about!!!!
Sunday lunch, Good food and plentiful. Down side was the cramped seating which meant difficult to access seats and posed problems for waiting staff access to other tables. Will not be returning on a Sunday as due to popularity did not have adequate space. Service was good but minor training issue - asked waitress what beers they had to be told she did not know. On a positive the salmon starter was excellent and everyone enjoyed their main course. So plentiful that only two of five could manage dessert which again was well presented and tasty.
Our first time at The Garden House and it won't be the last. The food and the atmosphere were both superb (we were early evening, before it got too busy) and the portion sizes immense - so big we had no room for dessert. The quality of the food was outstanding, proper restaurant/gastro-pub quality. Good range of wines & beers too.