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Lebaneat Restaurant Review

lebaneat restaurant viewAnother sunny day in Durham led us to walk into town. It’s great that we can still cut through Pelaw Woods to get to the river, even after the landslip has wiped out the riverside paths. In a very stormy spell of weather, the whole bankside gave way into the River Wear.  Now, the council are working to restore it, and making great progress, but it’s slow. No matter, walking into town is essentially slow too. It’s still thirsty work though, so a pause for liquid at Whisky River and then the Boathouse topped us back up.

We weren’t sure where we were going to eat that afternoon, but had wandered up Saddler Street and had a choice of quite a few. Italian at Zizzi? Tapas at La Tasca? Burger at Fat Hippo? Just then a leaflet was pushed into our hands with the lunchtime deals at Lebaneat, so we decided to give it a go. The lunchtime menu runs from 12-5pm. They offer a starter and wrap for £7.99 and a starter/main for £9.99

We last ate here during the Lumiere Festival in November 2015. It was quite frantic on the peninsula and very wet outside, so we dived in for a breather. It was packed. This time around, the place had a bit more spacshish taouke and was less hurried.

Lebaneat itself is up towards North Bailey, past the normal turn to get to Palace Green and the Cathedral. The first thing that strikes us when we go in is the monumental friendliness and attentive staff. There’s plenty of them and they make sure we’re seated and served with drinks. We opted for a bottle of Lebanese red wine. It was a little too ‘alcoholic’ for me (you could taste the spirit in it). We chose to eat from the lunchtime menu and had a starter and a main each.

Mrs DFAD had Jebne Halloumi which is grilled halloumi cheese served with an Arabic Bread. I kept with the
cheese theme, Sambousek Cheese ; a deep-fried Lebanese pastry filled kofta chickenwith feta cheese and parsley. We shared of course. The starters were absolutely delicious!

For the mains, the boss had Shish Taouk – chargrilled skewers of marinated chicken cubes served with garlic sauce and green vegetables. Mine was Kofta Chicken, chargrilled skewers of seasoned minced chicken with onion and parsley. The tastes were incredible! If Carlsberg did kebabs, this is what they’d taste like!

I can’t stress enough how good the food is in Lebaneat. If I could, i’d eat there every day. The bill came to £36.73, including the wine, which is pretty phenomenal really.

Durham Food and Drink Ratings
First Impression : 9, Service : 9, Food : 10, Value : 9

Tel : 0191 384 6777

47 North Bailey,
County Durham

tealicious rated nine

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Fat Hippo Durham opening 22nd April


Ok so we don’t like to brag or anything, but the start of the year has already proved 2016 is the year of the hippo. Last year we beat off tough competition in The Battle of the Burger. This year we won best restaurant in Newcastle in The Chronicle’s People’s Choice Awards 2015! Plus in just a couple of months, the latest member of the Fat Hippo herd will arrive!


Unless you’ve lived under a rock, or pretending it’s the 80s or something and living life offline, you’ll know exactly what we’re on about. But for those of you who might have missed it (you should pay better attention) Fat Hippo Durham is coming soon! It’s been a lot of hard (hungry) work, but we’re excited to announce the latest member of the herd will be open for business on April 22nd!  From a little place in Jesmond to three restaurants, we’ve come a long way since 2010. Our burgers may have changed their names a couple of times, but our mission has always been the same. We do the good kind of gluttony, serving up good old-fashioned get-it-all-over-your-face food. For the last 6 years, we’ve made our name in Newcastle, and now we’re excited to bring our bangin’ burgers to another great city in the North East. Plus we use 100% Northumberland and Durham beef – so we figured the move into Durham made sense!  There’s still some work before our launch, and you can bet we’re going to be cooking up all sorts of exciting new exclusives for Durham so keep your eyes peeled …

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Recent Restaurant Closures in Durham – Oldfields and Bistro21

bistro21Those of you who eat out regularly in Durham may have noticed that two long-established restaurants have recently disappeared from the foodie scene. Terry Laybourne’s Bistro 21 at Aykley Heads was closed suddenly in October. The lease on the restaurant had been up for sale for several months and some of the staff had found work elsewhere. This then put pressure on the restaurant to deliver the same quality food. It was decided that the restaurant was better off closing than letting this happen.

The second high-profile closure has been Oldfields Eating House at the bottom of Claypath. Oldfields closed it’s doors on 31st December 2015 after trading in the location for 13 years. In this case the closure has been caused by the seemingly inexorable expansion of ‘student accommodation’. Student Castle want to build 311 studios and 24 “cluster flats” at 18-29 Claypath. This involves the demolition of several buildings and Oldfields restaurant, Kwik Fit, Durham City Snooker Club and Warm Sanctuary are all affected.

This blog is shocked and surprised that this has happened, but it seems that the march of the University in Durham is now starting to displace other enterprises from the City Centre. Although the development is going to be run independently from the University itself, it seems nowhere is safe now when it comes to housing students. Everywhere you look, buildings are being bought and converted. The County Hospital, the Three Tuns Hotel, the Durham Light Infantryman in Gilesgate, the old Nevilles Cross WMC, even the new proposed Millburngate development is said to have a student accommodation layer on top!

claypathconsultationOldfield’s Restaurant owner Bill Oldfield was quoted in October saying: “We’ve only recently found out about the scheme and the change of ownership of our building. The developers have only just made contact with us and we’ve currently no plans to end our protected lease which has eight years to run. So unless the developers approach us with mutually agreeable solutions, as far as we’re concerned it’s business as usual into the future and reports of our restaurant building being demolished are rather premature.”

Well obviously he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse, but is this really a suitable place for even more student accommodation? What do you think?

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Suppliers of Durham local produce : Bakers and Confectioners

Here are just some of the producers and suppliers of local produce.

Grassholme Farm, Lunedale, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0PR
t: 01833 640494 e:
Sells: Cakes, biscuits, celebration cakes

4A Laurel Way, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NF
t: 08454 670701 e:
Sells: Gluten free food products and some dairy free

3b Laurel Way, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NF
t: 01388 605005 e:
Sells: Cakes and puddings

Unit 1 Randolph Industrial Estate, Evenwood, DL14 9SJ
t: 01388 835135 e:
Sells: Authentic handmade fudge

13 West Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PP
t: 01388 607060 e:
Sells: Luxury breads

2 The Paddock, Waterhouses, Derwentside, DH7 9AW
t: 0191 3737693/07920 441775 e:
Sells: Handmade confectionary, sweet sauces and baking mixes

Unit 2a, Riverside Industrial Estate, Langley Park, DH7 9TT
t: 07966 462301 e:
Sells: Bread, cakes, pies, teas, preserves

22 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LZ
t: 01833 638844 e:
Sells: Breads, pies, pasties, cakes, granola, nut roasts

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Sniperley Hall Bed and Breakfast – Hotel Spotlight

Sniperley Hall , Durham, DH15RA

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This is one of a monthly series to showcase hotels, bed and breakfast and other accommodation in Durham City. Sniperley Hall is our pick of the month for July 2015.

Set within its own walled gardens, this beautiful 18th-century house is just 2 miles from the historic center of Durham. With free Wi-Fi and free on site parking, Sniperley Hall is ideally situated for those wanting to explore this remarkable city with cathedral and castle, visit Durham University or the University Hospital of North Durham. Serving a full English breakfast in the morning, made with locally sourced bacon and sausage, and fresh eggs from our own hens. Lighter continental options are also available, with bread, croissants, fresh fruit and yogurt.

sniperley hall guest house interiorThe shops and restaurants of the old city can be reached in 5 minutes’ drive. The University of Durham is less than a 10-minute drive away and both Durham New College and the University Hospital of North Durham can be reached in 2 minutes by car.
The center of Newcastle can also be reached in 30 minutes by car, as can the picturesque North Pennines.

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