Darlington Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Darlington

October 17, 2017 Marissa Gamble

Darlington is a large market town in County Durham, in North East England. With a population of 92,363 in 2011, the town lies on the River Skerne, a tributary of the River Tees. The town is administered as part of the Borough of Darlington. The town owes much of its development to the influence of local Quaker families in the Georgian and Victorian era, and who provided much of the finance and vision in creating the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world's first steam locomotive powered, permanent passenger railway. The town is often colloquially referred to as 'Darlo'.
Things to do in Darlington

1. Akbar Dynasty

Stockton Road | Sadberge, Darlington DL2 1SZ, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1325 337337
Excellent
73%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 399 reviews

Akbar Dynasty

Reviewed By Kev M - BORO

Not the first time we have visited Akbar and not the last.Superb food and were served pretty quickly seen as though it was full at 6:30. We had booked and it is better to do this rather than just turning up on the offchance. The only prob was there was a group off fellas seated next to us who were f’ing and jeffing very loud whilst there were children seated with parents all around,some people have no respect. See you soon Akbar’s..

2. The Old Yard Tapas Bar

98 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JY, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$141 +44 1325 467385
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 317 reviews

The Old Yard Tapas Bar

The Old Yard Tapas bar is a longstanding independent business in the heart of Darlington Town Centre. We have an extensive Spanish tapas and Greek meze menu, we cater for everyone, indviduals to large parties. Bar opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 12pm-10:30pm Food Service hours are featured below: Please note we serve lunch and evening meals Sunday-Friday and serve food all day on Saturdays only

Reviewed By Andrewms14 - Sheffield, United Kingdom

I ate here prior to seeing the final show of Blood Brothers at the newly restored Darlington Hippodrome. I saw this place listed in the CAMRA good beer guide and it is more a pub with a long established (over 20 years) restaurant at the...MoreThank you for taking the time to leave this kind and detailed review. We are so pleased all aspects of atmosphere, service, value and food quality left you with such a wonderful impression. We hope you will return again. Kind regards-Tapas Bar Management

3. The Otter and Fish

1 Strait Lane, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2AH, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1325 720019
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 861 reviews

The Otter and Fish

Overlooking the river tees in the picturesque village of Hurworth close to the north Yorkshire border. Fully refurbished inside & out to the highest standard, creating an ambiance second to none, in what has to be the best interior in the area. Family owned & run since 2006, we pride ourselves on our food & service. Our menus and service create a warm & welcoming atmosphere with the emphasis on food & service, ensuring a great experience. We serve traditional bar meals as well as a full a la carte menu, giving customers of all tastes plenty of choice. Our food is all homemade, prepared on the premises and sourced from local suppliers.

Reviewed By John D - Bramhall

We had a family evening meal to celebrate my father-in-law's 95th birthday and we were most impressed by the choice and quality of the food. The staff could not have been nicer or more attentive and the restaurant itself had lovely welcoming atmosphere. We can recommend a visit here with full confidence.

4. The Orangery

Rockliffe Park Hurworth-On-Tees, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU, England Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night HK$385 - HK$824 +44 1325 729999
Excellent
77%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 444 reviews

The Orangery

Fine British Dining

Reviewed By Ian S - County Durham, United Kingdom

Thorough enjoyed afternoon tea in the Orangery for a second time in a couple of years whilst celebrating a family birthday.
Staff are friendly and attentive and a make concerted effort to deliver a pleasurable experience.
The room is bright and airy- a delight to sit in overlooking the grounds to the rear of the hotel.
The tea itself - lovely, with freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and pastries- still warm from the morning bake.
All in all, a very nice experience delivering quality and satisfaction. Looking forward already to repeating it again next year!

5. The Raby Hunt Restaurant

Summerhouse, Darlington, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 +44 1325 374237
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 566 reviews

The Raby Hunt Restaurant

Reviewed By EmmaJane89 - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

My partner and me dined here on the 10th March and are so glad we did. The food was absolutely incredible, there wasn't a dish that we didn't enjoy. Even the raw dishes, that I was personally a little concerned about, were beautiful.
The atmosphere was relaxed and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
We had a lovely evening and are already planning our next visit. Definitely worth a trip.

6. The Bay Horse

45 The Green, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2AA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1325 720663
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 736 reviews

The Bay Horse

The Bay Horse retains an emphasis on the finer details of a real old English pub, hand pulled local ales in dimple glasses and side dishes served in copper pans. The menu is made up of classic British cooking with a twist & has a strong emphasis on flavours & presentation. The premise has achieved a Michelin Bib Gourmand for the last four years.

Reviewed By Sarayumei

We had a fantastic Valentine's dinner at the Bay Horse. The environment is elegant but informal (a fancy pub in some ways), the service impeccable and the staff very helpful.
We had a selection of starters and mains which included Whitby crab and pork belly. All cooked to perfection with zesty flavours to stimulate the palate. Prices are more than reasonable and it's excellent value for money.
They do lunch and afternoon day (check their availability on this). Highly recommended!

7. Sol Tapas

28 Duke Street, Darlington DL3 7AQ, England Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer Mediterranean, Spanish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1325 467000
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 549 reviews

Sol Tapas

At Sol Tpas, there are 41 delicious tapas dishes to choose from that evoke the culture and flavour of Spain. You'll find all your favourite seafood, meat and vegetarian tapas dishes, as well as ones you've never experienced before. Or why not choose the popular set menu, which is ideal if you're new to tapas? Just tell the waiter your food preferences and we'll keep the tapas dishes coming till you say stop. Our tapas menu is inspired by Italian, Moroccan and Spanish food, and there's meat, fish and vegetarian dishes to choose from. We change our menu regularly so there's always plenty of variety of flavours to tempt your taste buds with. The enjoyment doesn't stop at the food. Our comprehensive wine list and bar promises to have a drink to suit every palate, no matter what the occasion. So why not book your table tonight and treat yourself to a fantastic Spanish dining experience to remember?

Reviewed By adrian d - Darlington, United Kingdom

Went today as part of a xmas gift appreciated the warm friendly welcome
Staff very attentive didn't book but seated quickly Staff were most helpful with the various dishes on the menu from fixed 2/3 course to combo of choices which we eventually opted for as we wanted to sample mixed bag
We had approx 7 dishes to share mainly vegetarian from humous Spanish omelette fried potatoes etc my wife enjoyed especially the fried cod I greatly liked the chorizo with chickpeas
All came with warm flat and fresh bread along with x2 lime and sodas came to around £ 37 our voucher covered most of the cost
So we did over indulge with the varied dishes gave us food for thought for a most definitely return visit
It's all about the sharing which can certainly be achieved at Sol Tapas just Shame couldn't fit desert in
Already planning next visit
Thank you for a great experience

8. Meze

113 Parkgate, Darlington DL1 1RZ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +44 1325 464466
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Meze

Turkish Restaurant

Reviewed By Paul H - Darlington, United Kingdom

Clean, fresh flavours is what typifies Turkish cuisine and that's precisely what you will find here. Simplicity and a level handed approach to seasoning and food combinations make for a heavenly marriage on the plate.
Humous served with warm flat bread is a devine starter. The chicken shish is simply a pure joy to follow. The service is faultless and the ambience is warm and friendly.
This is still my favourite restaurant in Darlington!

9. The Tuns at Sadberge

Hill house Lane | Sadberge, Darlington DL2 1RU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1325 332080
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

The Tuns at Sadberge

Public House

Reviewed By helenglenn7 - Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom

Had the pea soup it was to die for my mum found it a little expensive, the management let her have a small portion to appease her. The decor was nice and the bar staff were very friendly ( a little cheeky) not a bad thing!!

10. The Talbot

The Green, Bishopton, Darlington TS21 1HE, England Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible British, Pub, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch +44 1740 630371
Excellent
66%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 335 reviews

The Talbot

Reviewed By bbpix - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

Gave this place a second chance after a disappointing meal a couple of months ago. Unfortunately no better this time. On arrival the bar was empty and very cold....a small blow heater seemed to be the only heating therefore sat in our coats. The restaurant had approximately a dozen people in. This in mind with 3 staff serving you would think service would be good. However all 3 staff seemed stressed and complaining it had been busy, going on and on about it. Doesn't make for a relaxing experience. Ordered a burger and a halloumi burger. Both looked good but tasteless. The meat burger was thick but no flavour. The halloumi and red pepper burger was all salad and pepper with the 2 slices of the thinnest halloumi I have ever seen. At around £11 each just not impressed. Won't be giving it a 3rd chance.

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