REVIEW: Slug and Lettuce, Walkergate, Durham

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Bargain food, generous portions and a relaxed attitude to noise make the Slug a firm favourite for family gatherings.

We’d all got together for my dad’s 66th and mam wanted somewhere everyone from the birthday boy to his young grandson would enjoy.

The bar in Durham’s Walkergate complex has recently had a makeover and is often packed with drinkers and diners.

Sunday was quieter, perhaps as the Slug doesn’t serve up the traditional meal of the day.

Not a problem for us – my eight-year-old nephew already had his eye on the Slug’s ultimate platter for £12.95, a finger-food combination of chicken breast, breaded mushrooms, pork ribs, crispy fried potato wedges, toasted garlic ciabatta bread strips and beer-battered onion rings.

Like nephew, like aunty, I chose the chicken version of the platter – spicy jerk chicken kebabs, southern-fried style chicken breast pieces and chicken wings, with criss-cross fries and dips – also £12.95.

Our food took a while to arrive, prompting moans from the youngster.

Both eventually showed up on vast wooden plates – more than enough for everyone on the table to share and keep him quiet for a while.

We were impressed with our waitress, who remembered our whole order without resorting to a pen and pad.

The food was less notable – pleasant pub chain grub that filled a gap and kept everyone happy.

The Slug’s strength is piles of fried comfort food, most of it priced at under a tenner.

So my sister was left regretting her choice of of Caesar salad – £7.95 - complaining it was more leaves than filling.

The Slug is easy on the wallet, as well as BOGOF desserts, dining deals include kids meals for a £1, 50 per cent off all food on Mondays and 2-4-1 cocktails until 10pm.

Jane O’Neill