THERE’S no better way to polish off a day at Durham Miners’ Gala than a drink in the city.
So after a quick turn around from day to night wear, I returned to Durham to join the thronging crowds in celebrating the end of another successful Big Meeting.
Deciding to treat ourselves after a day on our feet, we headed to the exclusive Ebony Champagne and Cocktail Bar at Durham’s bustling Walkergate complex.
Teeming with people, we battled through the crowds to get a spot at the exclusive bar where we decided to kick-start our night with a glass of champagne – well it is a champagne bar after all.
Nestled in a snug corner of Walkergate, this cosy affair is perfect by day and night.
The small terrace offers drinkers a place to sip champagne in the sun during the day or under the stars at night, with heaters on to keep you snug when the chill sets in.
Inside, the decor fuses contemporary chic with exquisite elegance, boasting brick walls, an array of modern art and a selection of comfy leather chairs.
The extensive drinks menu means it takes indecisive types like me a while to decide what to go for, but a glass of the house champagne for £5 seemed like a good place to start while we mulled over the menu.
If you’re feeling flush, there are plenty of bottles of champagne on the menu, ranging from Louis Roederer Brut premier for £50, to a 1995 Krug Vintage with a price on request.
Understanding that champagne might not be everyone’s thing, Ebony’s also champions a long list of top cocktails.
Being a huge fan of the mojito, my eyes lit up when I saw they offer, on top of the classic mojito (£5.75), several twists to the usual recipe, including cucumber and elderflower, the Mexican (tequila instead of rum) and a dark and stormy (dark rum and ginger ale).
If you have a bit more cash to splash, the range of premium cocktails the platinum Mai Tai will set you back £12.50 and the central Manhattan (£15.50), made with straight rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters, is worth a try.
If beers are more your thing, then there’s also a selection of bottled beers, including Modelo (£3.45) and Tiger (£3.35).
And there is a wide range of wines on offer to quench your thirst.