Follow the signs to the police headquarters (just north of the city) to find this excellent bistro. It's part of Terry Laybourne's excellent mini-chain (that includes Café 21 and Jesmond Dene House - both in Newcastle upon Tyne), so standards are high. It might be hard to find - but the effort is worthwhile.
Although Mediterranean in outlook, the short menu travels the globe - so expect the likes of 'Asian-Cured Salmon with Pickled White Crabmeat'; 'Roast Quail with Walnut Salad' and in season 'Local Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Glazed Pork Knuckle'; 'Saddle of Lamb with Wild Garlic and Wilted Spinach'; 'Heritage Beetroot Tart with Onions Blue Cheese Herbs' and 'Whole Lemon Sole Meunière' among the mains.
Maybe finish with 'Ginger Tiramisu'; 'Profiteroles with Pistachio Ice Cream' ; 'Warm Chocolate & Peanut Butter Pudding with Banana Ice Cream' or local cheeses.
In fine weather, try to secure a table in the relaxing courtyard.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00, Sun 12.00-15.00; set L £15.50 (2 courses), £19 (3 courses); mains all £16.50
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.30-22.00; set Early D Mon-Sat 17.30-19.00; £15.50 (2 courses), £19 (3 courses); mains all £16.50
- Seats: 70, plus about 22 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Durham
- Directions: See the map on this - or just north on Durham off the B6532. Turn right past Dryburn Hospital at a double roundabout taking turning to Aykley Heads & the police head quarters.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating