Some scenes taken around Durham City, July 2010. Elvet Bridge, followed by Prince Bishops River cruiser, rowing on the River Wear, Gala Theatre complex, Durham Castle and Framwellgate Bridge. See how many food and drink establishments you can spot on the video.
A long time favourite with us, Ciao Ciao is a little Mediterranean bakery/deli at the bottom of North Road, just over from The Bishop Langley. We were first drawn to it by the wonderful selection of artisan breads displayed in the window.
Since then, the inside of the shop has changed to make more seating space, but the food is just as nice. They make fresh sandwiches from Mediterranean ingredients, all wrapped up in your choice of bread. There are Mediterranean, white with olive oil and sea salt, wholemeal or spelt multigrain to choose from for the sarnies, but you can take away other options such as black olive and rosemary, or feta cheese and mint. The sarnies are named after Mediterranean holiday places like Kos and Tuscany, and they serve them hot or cold, to eat in or take away, your choice, so you close your eyes and make believe you’re sunning yourself in paradise. All the breads are made on-site in the bakery. Service is always polite and quick as you order from the counter, with the sandwich menus laid out behind, so it’s simply a matter of picking filling and then bread. My own favourite is the Milano – Chicken breast, parmesan shavings, Caesar dressing & salad.
We’ve sampled the sandwiches many times before at Ciao Ciao, but this time we just wanted a light snack so had a Shortbread and Filter coffee and Mrs DFD had a rather wonderful slice of spinach and feta pie (Spanakopita) and an infused tea. The Spanakopita was served warm and was worth the slight wait whilst it was warmed up. In fact, the first time it got a bit burnt when toasted, so it was replaced without ever reaching the table. I was offered a morsel or two for being a good lad.
The price for our two little snacks and drinks came to just £6.50, so really good value. The sarnies are priced between £2.90 and £3.50 are really substantial, so try these if you can.
Durham Food and Drink Rating
First Impression : 8, Service : 9, Food : 9, Value : 9
3 Framwellgate Bridge,
Phone : 0191 3830149
The 2nd Durham Street Food Project, “Project Two” will be held in the Prince Bishops Car Park from 5:30 til 11:00 pm on January 30th 2015.
There’ll be Asian, Pizza, BBQ, Kebabs, Crepes, beer and more. Make sure you attend this unique event in Durham for a completely different foodie experience.
There are a few changes from the first “Project”, with lessons being learned and advice been taken. The location is a bit of an eye opener, but apparently the first one went down very well, so fingers crossed for the second one.
I as editor can’t make it to this, so if anyone wants to write a guest review for us that would be great.
2014 has been a memorable year for us at Durham Food and Drink. We didn’t move to Durham until July and have been preoccupied with getting the house finished, but we’ve managed to visit and review our first few Durham eateries and hope to do many more in 2015 and hope the honest appraisals are helpful.
Wishing all our readers a prosperous New Year!