5 Relaxed Places to Eat In Durham

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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

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!

8 Exciting Eats- Manchester

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With the government asking us all to eat out to help out, I thought I’d put together a few of my favourite food spots in Manchester to help you guys out when you can’t decide what to eat.

Want to grab a quick bite or relax into a good meal with a cocktail? Check out my top picks below.

1. The Ivy

Situated in Manchester City Centre’s classiest area Spinningfields, The Ivy hosts three separate restaurants: The Ivy Brasserie, Ivy Asia and The Ivy Roof Garden, all of which are amazing. My personal favourite is going to The Brasserie for brunch with the gals.

Top tip: try the buttermilk pancakes with fruit, Greek yoghurt and strawberry sauce- they’re to die for.

2. Mackie Mayor

Mackie Mayor is the coolest food hall you will ever see.

You can find it in the Northern Quarter where it is open every single day of the year. Serving artisan versions of all your favourite foods, it even has fantastic veggie/vegan options so that everyone can have an incredible meal. 

3. Victors

Victors can be found in South Manchester, with one restaurant in Alderly Edge and the other in Hale.

If you’re looking for a place to eat that is full of elegance and class, then this is the place to be. The Alderly Edge location has one of my favourite interiors of any restaurant I’ve ever been to, using florals and botanics to create an otherworldly vibe.

My suggestions are the sushi (which is unreal)for food and for a cocktail, the Victor’s Garden for Her.

4. Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Another Northern Quarter classic, the UK’s first ever Grilled Cheese Restaurant is a can’t-miss.

These are far from just your average cheese toasties. Northern Soul takes a basic staple and turns it into a gourmet masterpiece.

5. Rudy’s

Who would have thought you’d find one of the best pizza spots in the world in Manchester?

Rudy’s has an official ranking of the tenth best pizza worldwide by food website Big Seven. To top it off, the prices are super reasonable.

If you’re a pizza lover, Rudy’s is a must-visit on your trip to Manchester

6. Crazy Pedros

Staying on pizza for a minute, Crazy Pedro’s Pizza Parlour lives up to it’s name– the flavour combinations are crazy!

From their ‘World Famous Hotdog Pizza’ (featuring hot hogs, crispy onions, mustard and ketchup) to their ‘Giuseppe’s Not Sloppy, He’s Vegan’ (Hot spiced fake beef chilli, vegan cheese, peppers, onions and jalapeños), you know you’re in for a wild time. Plus, their cocktails are awesome.

7. All Star Lanes

What doesn’t All Star Lanes have? With an A La Carte Menu, Brunch (until 4pm!!!) and insane cocktails, you’ll struggle not to have an amazing meaI almost forgot to mention the best part- it’s a bowling alley.

 I’ve had some of my best nights out starting with a meal, drinks and bowling here.

8. Indian Tiffin Room

I don’t know about you, but in my family, curry is the ultimate food and The Tiffin Room is the hands-down family favourite.

With two Manchester locations, you can either visit in the City Centre or down in Cheadle. Personally I’d recommend the Cheadle location as the staff are so lovely. 

Top tip: Try the Gobi Manchurian, Chana Batura and ITR Curries. 


Have you been to any of these places? Let me know what you thought of them!

Enjoy your food!

Charlotte