Where to eat in Durham

Feeling hungry? Here's our top picks of places to eat in Durham.


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An intimate dinner

Finbarr’s restaurant, situated inside the tranquil Kingslodge Hotel, oozes class and sophistication. Share a juicy chateaubriand for 2 or indulge in tagliatelle of slow-cooked duck with girolle mushrooms. 

A light lunch

Laid-back hipster hideaway Flat White – behind Van Mildert – has lots of light bites for a not-too-filling lunch. Think rustic sandwiches, fluffy jacket spuds and creamy homemade soups. We recommend the salami, rocket and cream cheese bagel. It’s reasonably priced, too, so you’ll have plenty left to spend on dinner or shopping.


Dip into authentic Spanish tapas in Durham courtesy of El Coto  Standout plates include grilled tiger prawns, chorizo sausage fried with garlic and white wine, and ropa vieja (old clothes). Don’t be alarmed – you won’t actually be served a pair of old pants. The dish is a mouth-watering casserole of beef, chickpeas and aubergines. 

Street food

The Asian Project is the brainchild of local chefs, Lee Hardy and Toby Marshall-Robertson, who wanted to bring fresh, fragrant Asian flavours to the street. Tuck into Thai red chicken curry, dim sum, sushi or shrimp crisps. Check where they will be on their Facebook page