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Bistro 21

Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads, Durham, Durham, DH1 5TS
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.

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Other Details

  • 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

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Contact Details

Tel: 0191-384 4354
Address: Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads, Durham, Durham, DH1 5TS
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