Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in County Durham
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best County Durham restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 49 restaurants in County Durham and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing County Durham restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured County Durham Restaurants
. Raby Hunt
British, Modern restaurant in Summerhouse
“One of the most memorable meals I have ever had…”, “an out-of-this-world experience…”, “just magical…” – folks don’t hold back in their praise for the Close family’s restaurant-with-rooms, set in an off-the-beaten-track village in County Durham, which “balances a modern kitchen and a clubby old-school dining room of dark wood panelling very effectively” and serves a “15-course menu of superb cooking coupled with great invention (to leave us gushing over a ‘salad of winter vegetables’ is deeply impressive!)”. Some resistance crept in regarding the level of expense however this year: even those who rate the cuisine highly can find the overall experience “overpriced”.
. The Bay Horse
British, Traditional restaurant in Hurworth
45 The Grn - DL2
Modernised 15th-century coaching inn in a “lovely” village setting that’s “well worth the trip from Newcastle” thanks to its “excellent” cuisine: look out for the “changing specials board” and “splendid local game in season”.
. Bridgewater Arms
British, Modern restaurant in Winston
The Bridgewater Arms - DL2
Veteran East Coast fishmongers “Hodgsons’ local Hartlepool catch features on the eclectic and imaginative menu” (“so many delicious dishes it’s hard to choose!”, also including “meat and game in season”) at this posh one-time school; “nor is the eventual bill too fishy either”.
. The Garden House Inn
Fusion restaurant in Durham
Framwellgate, Peth - DH1
The head chef behind Bistro 21’s success, Ruari MacKay, now runs this relaxed city-outskirts pub-with-rooms – a proper boozer backed up by an “interesting” modern British menu (from much-lauded lobster sandwiches through to chorizo and fried eggs) and drinkable real ales.
. Restaurant dh1
British, Modern restaurant in Durham
The Avenue - DH1
British, Traditional restaurant in Durham
18 Claypath - DH1
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