The Capital Durham Indian Restaurant


Here’s a promo video for The Capital Indian Restaurant in Claypath, Durham. I’ve been there many times and I’ve never had a bad meal yet, but be sure to book yourselves in as it gets very busy, especially at weekends.

Directly above The Capital you’ll also find Palm Sugar.

We called in on the way back home after a day in the town. The rain had been incessant, and it was good to get into the dry for a bit. Surprisingly for the time of day (7pm), the restaurant was empty, so we took the chance to get fed up before the rest of the Friday crowd turned out. The Capital, in my opinion, is the best Indian Restaurant in Durham. Tonight that was proved beyond doubt. Mrs Durham Food and Drink hadn’t been before, but she was only moderately impressed the last time shw came out for an Indian meal, at the Spice Lounge, so this was a new one on her.

We started with Poppadoms and pickles. We asked for two plain ones, when they came there were three. The pickles are the standard four, lime pickle, mango chutney, onion relish and mint raita. Usually, the one Indian Restaurants get horribly wrong is the lime pickle. I’ve tasted some pretty ropey attempts in the past. The Capital do the definitive lime pickle. It is absolutely superb! I started raving about it straight away. Mrs DFD agreed. But there was more to come.

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For the mains, we selected Balti Special Garlic Chicken and Chicken Nawabi, with a Vegetable Pilao and Peshwari Naan. The Chicken Nawabi was the most fantastic taste i’ve had at an Indian Restaurant for a long time. Creamy and delicate, with huge pieces of chicken. The Balti chicken was subtle on the garlic, but enough to give it that distinctive kick. Delicious stuff this. A huge peshwari naan bread mopped up the remnants, with a Cobra Beer each.

The Capital Durham lived up to my billing as the Best Indian Restaurant in Durham City, bar none. The service was as efficient as ever, with the waiters always there to get the order in and food delivered to the table as quickly as possible, but without hovering over you. Food quality was superb, with subtle spicing leading to a fantastic dining experience.

Price was only £34 for two, which included £6 for the two beers, so a bit of a bargain really.


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

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The Capital Durham
69 Claypath,
Durham,
County Durham
DH1 1QT
Phone : 0191 386 8803

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Durham Brewery Review



Durham Brewery

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This was a neat little visit we went on with a tour voucher Mrs Durham Food and Drink had bought me for Christmas. The Durham Brewery isn’t actually in Durham, it’s on an industrial estate in Bowburn. It’s been running since 1994 and the place is well known to the real ale fraternity, but maybe not so for the casual drinker who mainly likes to trough a bit (us).

We were fortunate that we were able to get a lift there from the young ‘uns, instead of firing up the Durham Food and Drink bus, maybe paying back some of the free taxi service that’s been lovingly provided for them in the last few years? Anyhow, we were last in, with the tour and talk due to start at 7:30pm on the Friday night. It’s very dark in the car park and could maybe do with an extra light for these evening tours in winter, but we found the right door eventually.

Steve Gibbs and his wife do the talk, running through the theory of making beer and demonstrating how the raw materials affect the flavour of the finished pint, playfully interrupting each other along the way. We started sampling with the lightest beer and ended up on a dark Porter Stout (“Temptation“), all included as part of the brewery tour fee. We then went over to the storage area where the casks/hogsheads/firkins are kept, and saw the actual production facility where Steve and his brewers do 3 brews a week to keep the locals supplied with Durham Brewery beers.

The brewery tour was very informal but informative, there were lots of questions and even a bloke from another brewery (at Appleby) had come down to see how Steve and his crew do their thing.

At the end of the tour, you can buy bottles of the Durham Brewery beers, which are nicely packaged up in a little carrier to help get them home safely. We came away with 3 bottles, including their 1994 Anniversary Imperial Pale Stout, a White Stout and a bottle of the “Temptation”.

We’d thoroughly recommend Durham Brewery to anyone, even if you’ve never drunk a single pint of real ale before. It’ll make you appreciate what goes into making all the different beers available to us in the North East, and is delivered by a man who is clearly still so passionate about his brewery.

Website : http://www.durhambrewery.co.uk.

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[Video] Around Durham


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.

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