Where To Eat

The area abounds with good places to eat, to suit every pocket, from good-value pub to Michelin star, through Indina, Chinese, Italian - and even that good old Northern staple, fish & chips (with or without ferrets, whippets or any other Northern generalism...).  We've tried and like most of these; the others come by recommendation. 

Local restaurants nearby and further up Weardale

The Red Lion - excellent food and good company within easy reach of Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

The Red Lion - at North Bitchburn

It has new owners but the original kitchen team which made the place so popular for so long is re-instated. It's only a few minutes' drive away. We do have a sample menu. Tel: 01388 767071. (No food is served on a Wednesday evening).

The Copper Mine - good grub and fun place within walking distance of Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

The Copper Mine - Crook

At the end of Low Job's Hill (turning right out of the gate), turn left towards Durham and it's about 100 yards along on the left. Re-opened as a Bar/Restaurant in October 2015. Tel: 01388 763333 . We like it, and have had many good reports so far! We do have a sample menu (formerly the Colliery).

Viva Italian Restaurant - Crook

An Italian restaurant in the centre of Crook serving not only pasta and pizza, but also more "formal" meals. It's closed on a Monday. Many guests have enjoyed dinner there. We do have a sample menu. Tel: 01388 762424. Crook.

Arcangelo - good value Italian Restaurant in Crook, near Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

Arcangelo - in Crook

A new Italian Restaurant at the corner of Hope Street and North Street in Crook. We don’t know what it’s like yet, but guests who've been there tell us its good value, if not terribly sophisticated. We do have a sample menu.  Tel: 01388  327435.

The Foresters Guest House - in Stanley Crook

Serves evening meals (Wed – Sat) and Sunday lunch.  Do ring first to book.   Tel:  01388 762207.

Carriage Restaurant

At the top end of Hope Street (no. 36) serves good home-cooked traditional English food. Open for evening meals on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays last orders are at 8 pm. Tel: 01388 762859.

Horsley Hall - Eastgate

Whether you would like morning coffee, a bite to eat at lunch time, afternoon tea or an à l'carte meal in a fine dining restaurant, Horsley Hall is your ideal choice. The elegant 17th Century Hall is the perfect setting for a romantic meal or a relaxing afternoon tea. Tel: 01388517239

The Horse Shoe Inn - Crook

(A JD Wetherspoons inn) serves reliable, good value fare available at most times. Very popular with locals.  Tel: 01388 744980.

Park Head Hotel, not far from Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

Park Head Hotel, Coundon, Bishop Auckland

The owners say: "We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of home-made food which our customers tell us is consistently excellent. Our chefs source as much produce as they can locally and make almost everything on the premises which means they can also cater for special dietary requirements.

"We serve Afternoon Teas from Noon until 4pm between Monday and Saturday and are famous for our home-made scones and cakes. Our breakfasts use locally sourced bacon and sausages and we offer a choice of breads from a local artisan bakery."

We couldn't agree more!

The duke of york, fir Tree - a dog-friendly eatery & bar near Dowfold house Bed and Breakfast

The Duke of York - at Fir Tree (on the A68)

Several guests have reported very good food at reasonable prices. Open every day, food served 'til late. And, you can ake your dog in to the bar! Tel: 01388 767429.

Black Bull, Frosterley

Good food, good fun - a characterful place, with a real character as the landlord. And, they like dogs. 01388 527784.

Buon Appetito - Wolsingham

Boun appetito sets out to offer simply the finest Italian food in Wolsingham. Tel: 01388 529 124

Restaurants in Durham

Spaghettata

66 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, tel: 0191 383 9290

Che Vita Italian - in Station Lane

tel: 0191 384 1010

Bella Italia

At the Castle side of Framwellgate Bridge (Silver Street), tel: 0191 386 1060.

Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast likes the Garden House.

The Garden House, Durham

The Garden House is a pub and restaurant serving excellent, imaginative freshly-prepared dishes in a friendly atmosphere.  And, your dog will be welcome here, too! Tel: 0191 386 3395.

Lebaneat

Durham’s only Lebanese restaurant open at lunchtime and in the evening at 47 North Bailey, tel: 0191 384 6777

Nandos, ASK, Chiquito’s, Slug & Lettuce and Fat Buddha

The newish Walkergate development by the Gala Theatre has attracted several national “chain” restaurants, namely Nandos, ASK, Chiquito’s, Slug & Lettuce and Fat Buddha

Zen

Offers excellent South East Asian cuisine and is open all day from 9am. It’s in Court Lane, opposite the Crown Court. Tel: 0191 384 9588.

The Court Inn

Distinguished by its willingness to accept dogs – and our guests tell us the food is good too.  It is a family owned and managed pub, with pleasant areas located inside and outside for drinks and meals. A wide range of quality dishes are served at sensible prices with real ale on tap. An urban oasis with a friendly ambience and "mobile free" zone so everyone can truly relax.  Tel: 0191 384 7350.

Ricardo’s

17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, tel: 0191 384 4007 - opposite the Student Union building - both offer inexpensive Italian food.

Emilio’s

Yet another Italian, but a bit more down-market on Elvet Bridge, tel: 0191 384 0096. 

Cellar Door

Also in Saddler Street, nos 41-42 is the Cellar Door aptly named as a steep staircase leads down to the restaurant which has wonderful river views and terraces for summertime dining – bistro type, reasonably adventurous food, tel: 0191 383856.

La Tasca

Almost next door to the Cellar Door, La Tasca serves good Spanish tapas – part of a chain, but none the worse for that, tel: 08451262958

Indian Restaurants

There are several Indian restaurants in Durham, the best among them being Shaheen’s in North Bailey, tel: 0191 386 0960, and The Capital at 69 Claypath tel:0191 386 8803, which are both traditional curry houses with good, friendly service. 

Coffee and Cake

For a cup of coffee and a cake, or a sandwich at lunchtime, the Picnic Basket (take away food), also in New Elvet, offers good quality food with friendly service.  Or, for something a bit more substantial at lunchtime, the Crypt restaurant in the Cathedral is reliable, as is the Café on the Green on Palace Green.

Oro at the Pump House

If you want to push the boat out try Oro at the Pump House, Farm Road, Houghall, Durham DH1 3PJ.  Tel: 0191 384 0832;  DH1, The Avenue, Durham, DH1 4DX.  Tel 0191 384 6655.

Worth making a trip for - within about half-an-hour’s drive from Dowfold House – are

The Raby Hunt - Summerhouse, nr Darlington

The Raby Hunt, County Durham's very own (and very excellent) Two Michelin Starred restaurant is at Summerhouse, Nr Darlington DL2 3UD. Tel 01325 374237

Blagraves House - Barnard Castle

A very special restaurant.  Every visit is an occasion.  Barnard Castle, DL12 8PN.  Tel 01833 637668 

The Rose & Crown - Romaldkirk

Always something of a special event. Particularly good for lunch.  Romaldkirk, near Barnard Castle, DL12 9EB.  Tel 01833 650213;

The Lord Crewe Arms - Blanchland

Top quality restaurant for lunch or dinner.  Blanchland, DH8 9SP.  Tel 01434 675469. 

Further afield

Blackfriars Restaurant

Newcastle.  One of the oldest dining rooms in the UK, and great for special events and mediaeval banquets. 

Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

Wark, Nr Hexham.  The style is primarily modern British but with a smattering of international choices for those with a more cosmopolitan palate. 

Fresh from the Farm

Bradley Burn Farm Shop

Near Wolsingham, stocks lots of good stuff, much of it grown on the farm.  We get most of our bread flour from there - and the potatoes for the potato bread.

IF you have any ideas and suggestions as to what else might be on these pages, If you'd like us to feature other eateries, please do contact us and say why you like the place recommended.  We're grateful for any ideas.

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