DURHAM’S usually a safe bet for a good meal.
For a smallish city centre, there’s a surprisingly good range of cafes, bars and restaurants to get your teeth into.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon my destination was Hide on Saddler Street.
Like the rest of the eateries on this stretch of historic Durham, care has been taken to steer clear of ostentatious signing and maintain the pretty look of the cobbled street.
Step inside though and there’s no doubting this is a contemporary bar. Dark wood flooring and bar – check, sleek fittings – check, chic clientele – check.
Hide is somewhat of a tardis and a spacious bar area leads through to a large dining section overlooking the river, that was full to the brim with student types and couples.
We managed to get one of the only tables left in the corner and were presented with a menu by a busy, yet cheery waitress.
The menu boasts more choice than your average bar with options such as omelette (you can choose free range eggs which is a nice touch), Thai green curry and some unusual pizza choices such as shredded duck and hoisin.
There’s also plenty of choice for vegetarians.
To start, we chose to share a meze board (£6.95).
It took a little while to come, but was worth the wait as we enjoyed lashings of hummus, tzatziki, olives, red pepper and feta with warm pitta.
You get plenty of each of the dipping options and for the price it’s a pretty hefty overall portion.
My hunger was not satisfied though. I was nursing a hangover and was after a stodgy main meal.
The portabello mushroom burger with grilled goats cheese, caramelised onion and salad proved to be the perfect option.
It was just what you want from a burger: chunky, loaded with flavour and satisfying. At £6.95, it was a bargain to boot.
My friend, Katrina, opted for the chicken Caesar salad which was more pricey at £8.50.
It too was also of a generous size with thick chunks of chicken.
With drinks, our bill came to £36.15.