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5.2 /6 Excellent 59 Reviews

The Garden House Inn

North End European, British £££ +100
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About The Garden House Inn

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Garden House Inn, Framwelgate, Peth, DH1 4NQ Durham

Further Information

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.


59 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 59 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: short
Food: heavenly
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Alison C.
1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 04:29

Outstanding Sunday lunch could not fault it, top notch service in a wonderful environment. What's not to like this place is the real deal looking forward to staying over or maybe a n evening meal here

Kate H.
1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 22:54

Great food & lovely ambiance. I am a regular here now and it never disappoints. Staff are extremely friendly and always make visiting a pleasure.

Selina S.
1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 16:56

Really nice atmosphere and the food was lovely. Would recommend the cheese croquettes and the garden house burger, and the cherry chocolate tart was very nice! Very friendly and helpful staff too.

Robert A.
4 reviews so far 6
14.04.2017 01:36

Great food and a great atmosphere. A good and varied selection on the menu catering for a wide range of tastes. The Garden House Inn never disappoints!

John H.
1 review so far 4
04.08.2016 17:28

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.

Stuart T.
1 review so far 5
12.07.2016 23:08

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.

Mandy F.
1 review so far 3
19.06.2017 05:15

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.

David H.
1 review so far 4
19.01.2017 18:35

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.

Steven T.
1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 21:41

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.

Sylvia B.
1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 21:33

We had a lovely evening at the Garden House. We were with two guests from the Netherlands, and they were very impressed with the food and the ambience. The service was very good, and the staff moved us to a more spacious table when we requested it. Lovely food, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

Kate J.
1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 00:25

The food is always excellent. The service was also very good indeed. The restaurant was very busy, but there were enough staff there to ensure everything was dealt with promptly. The only slight criticism we would have was that some of the food was just slightly a lower temperature than you'd expect, but certainly not enough to send it back for re-heating.

Peter B.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 05:37

The Garden House was the perfect place for our meeting today. The staff were extremely friendly and the food was exceptional - and very reasonably priced. It was all you might expect from an inn which understands and values what its customers expect. All in all, couldn't have been better.

Robert A.
4 reviews so far 5
10.07.2017 02:46

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service is good when it arrives but there are fairly long waits to place orders and for food. It took 45 minutes for the starters to arrive but they were excellent when they came. Service is slow but food is worth the wait - don't go if in a hurry!

Diane G.
1 review so far 4
03.07.2017 04:22

Place was lovely, although waited a long time to be seated. Good menu, but the food took an absolute age to come. Very tasty and enjoyable. Beware of the parking... on a weekend you struggle to find a space in the car park or in the surrounding streets. I think the service could be better but couldn't knock the food once it arrived.

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 6
22.12.2016 17:20

Friendly and helpful staff; excellent food; relaxed atmosphere. We sat in the conservatory but have previously eaten in the cosy bar area. The lobster sandwich is just delicious and the monkfish nduja was a revelation. We will definitely return.

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 6
30.03.2017 06:18

Good service, good ambience and excellent freshly cooked food. The lobster sandwich is an absolute favourite but choose it as a main course rather than a starter, with a side order of skinny fries to share! Delicious!

Carl W.
1 review so far 5
25.12.2016 17:39

Excellent food and very good portions. The chicken pasty for our main was beautiful and very nearly finished us off, definitely no room for dessert. Staff were very friendly and attentive and the place itself was very relaxed and inviting. We'd definitely go back.

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 5
17.02.2017 00:22

Service was good and the roaring log fire was very welcome on such a chilly evening! The salmon comes with giant couscous which it doesn't say on the menu, so don't order it if you are expecting normal couscous as you will be disappointed.

Michael R.
1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 04:37

Amazing food shared with the family for a birthday occasion. Great value and superb standard of food. Will certainly be visiting again. Also appreciated the selection of real ales and relaxed atmosphere in the bar area.

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 6
17.02.2017 00:18

Very busy for Valentines Day but they were happy to serve the main a la carte not just the Valentine special menu. The service was very good despite being busy and the venison was excellent

Jimmy S.
2 reviews so far 6
14.07.2016 06:18

Excellent - friendly & efficient staff; interesting menu offering both traditional pub fare (fish and chips) and more unusual dishes (roast monkfish with nudjo). Everything we had was delicious and we'll definitely be returning

David H.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 02:50

Best sunday lunch I've had in many a year. Cosy pub atmosphere with restaurant quality food. My wife and I both give it 10/10 will return soon to try the weekday menu.

Michael A.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 05:12

Lovely lunch at a charming bistro pub near the heart of Durham. Great service and excellent quality food made for a determination to return on our next visit to the area.

Robert A.
4 reviews so far 4
03.06.2016 21:26

Excellent food, well cooked with an interesting and unusual menu. It is a shame the service was so very slow. When looking around, many tables were full of people waiting to order or waiting a long time between courses. Go, but be prepared to wait!

Carver L.
1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 03:41

Wonderful food in a very cosy pub atmosphere. The haggis scotch eggs we had as a starter were fantastic and the monkfish main course also great - will definitely return!

Robin O.
1 review so far 5
30.12.2016 03:15

Good ambience, helpful staff, excellent blending of flavours. But service was on the slow side, particularly for lunchtime (2 hours plus for 2 courses...) and attracting the attention of the waiting staff was sometimes difficult.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 01:38

Excellent as ever. Staff very polite and helpful. Food was delicious - I've eaten there a few times, the menu is really varied and food presented beautifully. Definitely recommended!

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 6
17.02.2017 00:20

Excellent Sunday lunch. The beef featherblade was beautifully succulent and just fell apart. The range and amount of vegetables was very good and the sticky toffee pudding was delicious!

Christopher C.
1 review so far 1
07.06.2016 17:06

We chose to eat here as we were visiting Durham and had recently read a review a positive review of the restaurant by Jay Rayner. We arrived at 7.30 and finally got our main course at 9 pm. Food quality was o.k but the service delays were appalling, to say nothing of being served a different bottle of wine to the one we had asked for and on querying this being told the wine list had changed and so they had given us a different one, without bothering to check with us. They offered to change it to one of our choice but neither of the wines were very good. On paying the bill we were told they were a chef down, hence the delays.. It would have been better customer service to have explained that at the outset rather than keeping us drumming our fingers on the table. The staff were extremely pleasant and cannot be faulted in how they related to customers, A memorable evening but for the wrong reasons.

Euan B.
2 reviews so far 5
24.10.2016 04:39

Really nice food and friendly service. Quantities were a good size and reasonably priced for Sunday lunch. Took a little time for us to pay but when that's the only negative, it's pretty good!

Karen H.
7 reviews so far 6
17.02.2017 00:26

Lovely Sunday lunch. Good choice of vegetables. Very well cooked. It was a nice change to have the lobster sandwich as a starter on the Sunday lunch menu.

Brian D.
1 review so far 6
08.10.2016 23:01

Friendly quick and efficient service. The meal was excellent and very good value and the room was warm and inviting. My companion and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Jemma R.
1 review so far 6
06.02.2017 05:36

Lovely Sunday roast and fab service even with a power cut! Will definitely visit again best Sunday roast in Durham city. Will save room for dessert next time

Paul A.
2 reviews so far 6
13.11.2016 09:10

The food was lovely. The service was great - efficient and warm. Can't ask for much more Excellent night - we are already planning our next evening there

Sarah S.
1 review so far 5
19.02.2017 23:55

Fantastic food and great service, only downside is the tables are a little tight in the conservatory where we were sat so it can be quite a squeeze to get in and out.

Charlotte H.
1 review so far 5
15.05.2017 18:04

Wonderful food and a really beautiful pub with some great atmosphere. Only thing that was slightly disappointing were the staff who appeared to lack interest, however we still had a lovely meal.

William H.
1 review so far 5
03.12.2016 19:54

Lovely food, great atmosphere. All at a reasonable price. The booking process was easy and our table was waiting for when we arrived. Will I be returning - you bet I will

Tom L.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 04:08

Good food, great service and excellent prices. Well worth a visit either at lunchtime or in the evening. Parking not always so easy. Take a cab.

Sarah G.
1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 05:46

There was great service, the food was lovely with excellent size portions. It has a good atmosphere which was homely. The price was also very fair

Rachel K.
1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 02:19

Delicious food at an excellent price! The staff are friendly, attentive, and work hard, despite how busy it is. The atmosphere is lovely. Would highly recommend.

Robert A.
4 reviews so far 6
01.09.2016 21:14

As usual, the Garden House Inn had a great atmosphere. The food was excellent with a wide variety on the menu. The service was very friendly.

Sam E.
1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 17:00

Excellent Sunday roast. Good portions as well as quality. Roast rump of beef was cooked perfectly. Wine list was very reasonable too. Great place to eat.

Daniel B.
1 review so far 6
14.11.2016 20:36

Very easy to get to, really nice venue, excellent service, Amazing food and an excellent atmosphere. I would recommend anyone to try the Sunday Lunch.

Alexandra B.
1 review so far 5
01.05.2017 02:48

Enjoyable! We felt comfortable and well treated. They were acomodaring with the flowers I asked them to put on the table. The food was delicious; we will definitely go back!

Camilla L.
1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 08:33

Excellent food, especially the spicy duck with stir-fry and the chocolate brownie with ice-cream. Friendly service and a lovely, welcoming place - definitely the tastiest pub food in Durham.

Simon P.
1 review so far 5
08.04.2017 23:49

Limited lunchtime menu but specials board offered additional options. Good very good. Service a little slow but not enough to be really a problem. Would certainly visit again.

Gordon C.
1 review so far 5
05.01.2017 00:55

Good food in a homely setting. Good selection of beers, wines, gins and whiskys all served by friendly and personable staff. Award-winning establishment and easy to see why.

Jonathan O.
1 review so far 5
10.06.2016 15:21

Good atmosphere and excellent food. Friendly service too. I'll be going back to this excellent gastropub in a city that does not have many choices at reasonable prices.

Matthew C.
1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 02:09

Good atmosphere. Friendly staff. Enjoyable food, steak perhaps a tad chewy with a bit too much fat but that's only complaint. Brownie fantastic. Maybe a tad expensive

Kate V.
1 review so far 5
10.06.2017 07:09

Great food at great value for often overpriced Durham. Portion sizes are a bit big but still v tasty. Read the Secret Diner. He does it better.