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Durham has multiple charming, independent cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the city. For all those freshers just starting up in the northern hub, here is our guide to 10 cheap and cheerful local joints.
Saddlers is in the heart of Durham city, tucked up on the Bailey on the way towards the cathedral. It’s a cosy spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch and tea, with a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, and seats overlooking the hustle and bustle of Saddler Street. Here you definitely get value for your money, with stacks of pancakes generously topped with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup, paninis and baked potatoes stuffed with all sorts of fillings, and enormous doughy scones. If you’re after a more Northern speciality, go for the fish finger butty with a side of coleslaw.
Saddlers, 36 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NU, +44 (0) 191 370 9470
Leonard’s is perhaps the most secluded of the coffee shops. Down in Fowler’s Yard, the lovely Leonards staff serve great coffee, with lumpy sugar cubes (the sign of a first-rate establishment), and an array of fresh cakes.
Leonard’s Coffee House, 1 Back Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RA, +44 (0) 191 384 0647
In a student town late-night food options are a must and Falafel Al Hana serves this purpose wonderfully. Located just beyond the main strip of fast food joints on Claypath it is the perfect place to avoid the post-Loveshack food rush whilst still enjoying (greasy) goodness. It serves all the classics of pizza, burgers, doner kebabs and falafel wraps with hummus and more.
Falafel Al Hana, 86 Claypath, Durham, DH1 1RG, +44 (0) 191 383 0607
The best burger in town is to be found in Tango. Though there are a few veggie options, this is really a haven for meat lovers. All the cuts are from well-bred and well-fed animals, sourced from the local Wallington Estate cattle in Northumberland. The burgers come with a variety of toppings, from guacamole and jalapenos to blue cheese and mushrooms. Full of original touches, such as drinks served in jam jars, a witty menu, and fleecy blankets for the outdoor diners, this will fast become one of your favourites.
Tango, 96 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AG, +44 (0) 191 384 0096