Head chef appointed at site of popular Durham City restaurant

A head chef is hoping to cook up a storm by breathing new life into the site of one of Durham City's most popular restaurants.

Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 3:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 4:43 pm
Christopher Bond at Kingslodge Inn

Finbarr’s, in the shadow of Durham Railway Station, closed its doors in March to make way for The Kingslodge Inn hotel and kitchen.

At the helm of the new kitchen is Christopher Bond, whose past employment includes being part of an AA two rosette-winning team.

Christopher Bond at Kingslodge Inn

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The new menu, which is available to residents and non-hotel residents, serves up breakfasts, including eggs Benedict and a classic full English, lunches and evening meals, including North East classics such as pan haggerty.

Leanne Jeffrey, general manager at The Kingslodge Inn said, “We are really enjoying providing Durham with a cosy and welcoming traditional pub with rooms, in a location convenient to both local people and visitors.

“We have had a great response from local residents and other customers since we opened. And now that we have Christopher in place we are looking forward to adding superb home-cooked food to our offering.”

The Kingslodge Inn is now part Inn Collection Group. The fast-growing hospitality chain also includes the Seaton Lane Inn near Seaham, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

Christopher Bond at Kingslodge Inn

Finbarr’s will be reopening at its new base at Aykley Heads House soon.