Durham Restaurant Week Returns This Month
Durham Restaurant Week is back - and more than 25 venues have already signed up to take part offering discounted prices for foodies.
The event, organised by Durham BID, will take place from September 30 to October 6, and diners will be able to tuck into set-price £5, £10, £15, £20 and £25 offers.
This year sees the return of Durham’s tasting menu restaurant, Coarse, which made it into
the Michelin Guide 2023 – as well as new fine dining restaurant, Faru.
Coarse, in North Road, will offer a lunch menu that includes a snack and three courses, plus
a free glass of cava (or any non-alcoholic drink) for just £20. While Restaurant Faru will offer
guests a special five-course menu.
Owners Jake and Laura Siddle – the former head chef and front-of-house manager at the
Michelin-starred House of Tides – said they were ‘delighted to be taking part’.
“As Durham’s fine dining restaurant, we wanted to get involved but still be able to offer
guests the full Faru experience. So, we’ve put together a special £60 tasting menu that
guests can enjoy during the week,” said Laura.
“It features some real crowd pleasers, too, such as our Hen of the Woods dish, which is
made using chicken fat crumb and served with a chive emulsion, pak choi and mushroom
ketchup. We finish it off with a mushroom dashi broth. It’s been a huge hit since we
Other businesses that are taking part include Fat Hippo; Pizza Punks; Turkish Kitchen; Rio
Brazilian Steakhouse; The Boat Club and Tomahawk Steakhouse; Turtle Bay; Marco Pierre
White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill and Collage Restaurant inside Durham’s Radisson Blu. Plus, newcomers Kitt’s Pool Room & Bar and Irish Bar Katie O’Brien’s.
Paul Howard, Manager of Durham BID, said: “Durham is a city that’s not only known for its
heritage and culture but for its thriving food scene. There’s a huge variety of top-class
venues that serve up cuisines from around the world.
“Durham Restaurant Week was a fantastic success when we launched it as a new BID team
earlier this year. We hope to make this event even bigger and better with more venues
involved. If you’re a venue in the city that wants to take part, I’d urge you to get in touch so
we can sign you up.”
A firm favourite amongst Durham’s leisure scene is The Champagne Bar by Ebony and it’s
the first time the popular venue has taken part.
Molly Stephenson, reservation and events co-ordinator, said: “We can’t wait to be part of
this year’s Durham Restaurant Week. It’s an excellent initiative and an ideal opportunity for
people to take advantage of fantastic offers and either visit some of their favourite places or
try somewhere new. It’s the first time the Champagne Bar has taken part and we hope that
customers new and old take advantage of our offers.”
To see a full list of all participating businesses, visit www.lifeindurham.co.uk/restaurant-
week/ Anyone wanting more information or to be involved should contact: