Around Durham - Cafes and Restaurants

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Flat White Kitchen

(Brunch cafe)

Why go?
For excellent small plates and even better coffee.

During the day, Flat White is famous for its coffee and killer brunches. But it also does after-hours small plates from 6.30- 9.30pm Thursday to Saturdays featuring Thai-style crispy pork belly and watermelon salad, Korean quail, or buttermilk panna cotta with brioche. Visit its sister coffee shop, Flat White Café on Elvet Bridge too.

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Fat Hippo

(Burger Restaurant)

Why go?
To forgo the diet and sink your teeth into Durham’s dirtiest burgers.

With cool hanging light bulbs and an exposed brick interior, this has to be Durham’s hippest place to get burger juice all over your face. Mile-high beef, chicken or vegan burgers come on metal trays, complete with wedge-cut chips and trimmings. Drinks are just as epic, with slushies and shakes available to suit every taste buds.


Bells Fish and Chips

(Fish and Chips restaurant)

Why go?
To eat award- winning fish and chips for Friday night supper.

With three locations around town, Bell’s is the best place to get your chip butty or battered cod. Portions are massive and fried in beef dripping – so not for the faint-hearted. There are great views of Durham’s historic marketplace from the main branch so you can watch the world go by over mushy peas. And if you find the shop in town is shut and you fancy a takeaway, then not to worry, they also have a takeaway shop in Gilesgate!


Undercroft Bar

(Cathedral Bar)

Why go?
To have a dining experience at an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The finger sandwiches at Durham Cathedral's restaurant are so good, they've won awards. If that isn't reason enough to go, then consider the fact that no trip to the cathedral would be complete without a stop- off at the west cloister. Sat beneath the stunning vaulted ceiling, you can enjoy County Durham toasted teacakes or Cumberland sausage sarnies. They also serve afternoon tea in the Monk's Garden.



(Burger restaurant)

Why Go?
Tango claim to sell the best burger in Town, much to fat hippos disapproval. So try both for yourself, see what you think, who’s the real winner.

If you want to dine in a relaxed environment with premium option of burgers that not only range in flavours and toppings, but also offer vegan and gluten free options, Tango is the best burger joint to visit in town.

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Uno Momento

(Italian Restaurant)

Why go?
Italian cuisine served with massive portion sizes on a budget!

You’ll find everything from traditional Italian comfort food, to the classic North-Eastern Parmo. Uno Momento claim that they serve ‘The Best Parmo in the North–East’, a bold statement - go and see for yourself! Trust us when we say this, the serving sizes are massive!


Riverview Kitchen

(Brunch Cafe)

Why Go?
To enjoy a peaceful and relaxing meal while viewing the beautiful river.

Riverview Kitchen sits directly on the River Wear. If you’re looking for somewhere to brunch, then it has to be Riverview. Riverview has a beautiful menu of delicious homemade food such as Salads, Burgers, Sandwiches, Wraps, Scones and Cakes. There is something for however hungry you may find yourself and with such an incredible view whilst you eat. Give it a go!



(Lebanese restaurant and wrap house)

Why Go? Well with three different establishments in Durham alone, it is arguably a Durham University student favourite!

Lebaneat, as you probably guessed, serve a range of traditional Lebanese foods from huge sharing platters loaded with falafels, meat and hummus to the lighter wrap option. For the price, you get an excellent meal and one that’s full of flavour.