Durham is famous for its magnificent Norman cathedral, a site used in the much-loved Harry Potter films. This imposing building is a must-see, but there are many other reasons to visit Durham. Hoards flock to the city’s ancient castles, the university botanic gardens, and cricket fans head to matches at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground. Restaurants in Durham include several smart independent venues, as well as a smattering of reliable chain eateries. Durham restaurants represent several interesting European and global cuisines.
For gourmet dining, it has to be Michelin-starred Gourmet Spot. On the menu, look for creative dishes and an ample wine list, with an interesting selection of French, Italian, and lesser-known global bottles.
For an informal venue with a truly delicious menu, the place to be is Bistro 21. Décor is stylish in a pared-down, rustic fashion. Menus are fresh and contemporary, with a focus on the seasonal and locally-sourced. Look out for a wholesome yet creative mix of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.