Food & Drink Restaurants & Cafés
9 Church Square, Hartlepool
China Buffet King
This is an all-you-can-eat buffet, hence why it believes itself to be the king. It’s always very busy because Teessiders are always hungry. There should be a warning taped to the door that clothing, especially around the waistband area, may no longer fit once you have finished your meal. It has a wide selection of products, so you may find yourself spoilt for choice.
The popular Mexican chain has a venue in Durham for all your nacho needs. There are doubtless cheaper and more authentic Mexican restaurants out there but for parties in particular Chiquito serves up a winner, with a fun selection of foods and an interesting range of cocktails.
Ciara’s is quality restaurant-ified. The steaks melt in your mouth quicker than you can say peppercorn sauce. They specialise in chicken and fish of the a la carte variety. The prices are quite steep in comparison to other places, but frankly, you get what you pay for. They do offer a tea-time special which doesn’t hit the funds as hard, but still provides all of that a la carte goodness.
With its simplified take on a traditional Indian menu, one of Durham’s relatively new restaurants happily marries the old with the new. You’ll find it up tucked away up a flight of stairs.
‘Claypath Deli is a fabulous café – but you do have to walk up a hill to find it! That's all to the good since it marks you out as in the know, and your reward is the best, most inventive cafe food in Durham....plus there's proper Italian coffee and hot chocolate too’. – coolplaces.co.uk
Coast to Coast
Newcastle upon Tyne
An American restaurant and bar which is very well put together, has great service and their cocktails are well worth a shout, too.
Coffee Beans Cafe
Situated in the hustle and bustle of Old Eldon Square, take a break with a coffee and watch the world go by.
A huge range of coffees are available from this very relaxing joint which also serves up a good range of hot and cold food from breakfasts to jacket potatoes to sandwiches.
With so many altogether more interesting cafés on offer in Durham the only reason one might visit the rather mundane Costa Coffee is for one of its bucket-sized coffees. Mind, they are rather good.
John Street, North Shields
Classic Italian food at good prices. What more could you want?
Taking its name from the lunchbox delivery men, Dabbawal offers diners a new take on traditional Indian cooking. They offer a range of tapas-style dishes inspired by Indian street food, freshly prepared and made to order. It’s only been open for a couple of years but they already have a loyal following.