Duke of Wellington, Darlington Road, Langley Moor, Durham

Ember Dining at the Duke of Wellington on the A167 near Durham City.
Ember Dining at the Duke of Wellington on the A167 near Durham City.
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GOOD food, good ale and a good atmosphere – it’s no wonder The Duke of Wellington in Durham City is now a firm favourite of mine.

The pub, which is part of the Ember group, is situated in a leafy, picturesque village, helping you feel relaxed before you even get inside.

For anyone looking for a lovely lunch or evening out, this gastro pub will certainly not disappoint.

One of the most popular pub restaurants in Durham, The Duke of Wellington, provides delicious food at affordable prices. There are a few different menus to choose from, all offering a large variety of meals, including a fixed-price evening menu at £9.95 for two courses, or £11.95 for three.

Although the restaurant’s website says there is no need to book, it can be very crowded at peak times.

Me and my husband decided that on a rare child-free weekend we would go out for Sunday lunch and, having had an evening meal at the Duke of Wellington before, we decided to see what it had to offer during the day.

As soon as we walked inside, I was reminded of the warm, friendly atmosphere the pub has, which gives it a lovely feel – sort of olde worlde cosy, but without feeling cramped and with a modern twist.

The Sunday lunch starts at £7.95 for chicken, but I decided to opt for the roast beef lunch at £8.95. Although not the cheapest Sunday lunch I have ever had in a restaurant, it was delicious, with an ample amount of tasty, tender beef.

My husband decided to throw Sunday tradition aside and went for a double cheese bacon burger, which came with a portion of chips in a little metal bucket, he said the whole meal was lovely.

It did come on a wooden board instead of a plate, which I am personally not keen on, but my other half said he didn’t mind and it was his lunch after all.

We were both full after the main meals, but there’s always room for a dessert, it would seem rude not to have one.

My husband ordered the milk and cookies sundae, which he enjoyed and I went for the chocolate orange sponge with Belgian chocolate sauce and custard, which was absolutely gorgeous, one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.

Drinks-wise, real ale lovers can pick their way through five to 10 seasonal cask ales on tap, as well as award winning wine to try.

The bill with drinks came to a very reasonable £33.90.

Sue Kirby