Review: The Duke of Wellington, Darlington Road, Durham City

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GOOD food and real ale is my husband’s idea of restaurant heaven and The Duke of Wellington at Durham certainly did not disappoint.

Set in the leafy, picturesque outskirts of Durham City, the gastro pub has everything anyone could want for a relaxed evening out.

One of the most popular pub restaurants in Durham, The Duke of Wellington, provides delicious food at affordable prices. There are a couple of menus including a fixed-price evening menu at £9.95 for two courses, or £11.95 for three.

On the website the restaurant says there is no need to book. When we went on a Friday early evening it was packed, which turned out to be a good sign of the good food to come.

With a warm, friendly atmosphere the pub has a lovely feel about it the moment you walk in.

My husband decided to go for the prawn cocktail for starters, which he said was really nice and I opted for the beer-battered mushrooms, which were very tasty.

My daughter decided not to have a starter so she could have plenty of room for her sirloin steak.

She ordered it rare to medium, which I had a feeling might be a bit pink for her, and although it was cooked perfectly, she couldn’t eat it.

But, the staff were more than helpful and when I pointed it out they whisked the whole plate away, cooked the steak a bit more and put all fresh chips, onion rings and peas on her plate and she said it was lovely.

My husband and I both ordered burgers, which were really thick and juicy. My only gripe was that they didn’t come on plates, but wooden boards instead.

I’ve had this a couple of times recently in restaurants and have come to the conclusion it’s a new fashion – but personally, I’m not keen.

We were all stuffed following the main meals, but I decided I better try a dessert, just to see what they were like, of course. So, I ordered the honeycomb ice cream, which was delicious.

In all we had a good evening and with a very reasonable final bill of £41.25 for three people with drinks, we will certainly be revisiting The Duke of Wellington.