5 Relaxed Places to Eat In Durham


Unsure of where to take the squad for tea?

Sometimes you want to go out for a good meal but don’t fancy getting dressed up to the nines. Whether you’re a family looking for a relaxed place to take the kids, or a group of friends making last minute, chill plans, these are my recommendations for a chill meal out in Durham.

La Spaghettata

Known to Durham students as Spags, La Spaghettata is a budget-friendly, authentic Italian restaurant with heaps of charm. Being owned and operated by Italians means you know the food is going to be on point- and boy oh boy it is. Plus I am a huge snob when it comes to Italian food, having lived there for 8 months so any time I recommend Italian it’s a big deal.

Loved by students and locals alike, Spags has a real family-focused vibe (very Italian!) and you feel like you’ve come round to your nonna’s for dinner.

My personal recommendation is the lasagna!

Lasagna goals

Fat Hippo

Anyone in Durham and/or Newcastle who hasn’t been living under a rock knows about this incredible North Eastern burger chain. Their creative burger stacks are unparalleled, plus they have best vegan burgers you can get (once my boyfriend thought it was meat and had to get them to check!)

Unreal sides, like dirty waffle fries and tater tots, paired with their unbelievable burgers means there really is something for everyone here. There are also beautifully thick milkshakes to kick that sweet craving too! Hardly a low-cal meal but once you take that first bite, you’ll know it’s all worth it.

My recommendation here is the classic Fat Hippo Burger.

Cheesy Tater Tots? Yes please!


Akarsu has a fantastic variety of Turkish food on it, including hot and cold meze, wraps, seafood dishes and veggie options. There really is something for everyone! On weekdays from 12-5, they have a brilliant lunch deal where you can get 2 starters, a main and a drink for only £14.95!

My recommendations here are the Vine leaves to start and the Tavuk Shish (charcoaled chicken skewers with rice) for the main.

A selection of starters

Treats Tea Room

Looking for a light lunch bite? Treats Tea Room provides a fantastic selection of paninis, toasties, burgers and salads- as well as having fantastic breakfast/brunch options. With its eclectic interior design and friendly faces, Treats is definitely a family-friendly fave.

They also do wonderful coffee and cakes if you’re in the afternoon tea mood!

My personal recommendation here are the paninis. I can’t pick just one because so many of the combos are amazing!

Bacon, brie and cranberry toastie

The Food Pit

Ok I know this is a bit of a cheat considering there are multiple food options here but it is all in one building so it counts :P.

The Food Pit is an awesome street food venue with multiple vendors; including Thai Food, Greek, Mexican etc. You will be absolutely spoilt for choice and there will definitely be no moaning about someone not having an option.

My personal recommendation is the Pad Thai from Manao Thai!

Pad Thai

Yum Yum in your tum

These 5 restaurants are my recommendations for anyone looking to go out but not out out. You can rock up in trackies, jeans or whatever you wore to work that day and won’t feel out of place in any of these establishments.

Have you been to any of the restaurants mentioned here? Let me know in the comments!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s