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5.1 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews

The Garden House Inn

North End European, British £££ +100
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About The Garden House Inn

The country pub is a great British tradition, and one that has endured over the years. While there are often inns located miles from anywhere, in the Durham district of North End, you can find The Garden House Inn, where they offer all the perks of a country pub, within walking district of Durham railway station on Framwelgate Peth. Take a trip here for British favourites, served up in a gourmet style and accompanied by a fully-stocked bar and an extensive wine list. Book a table now and head on over to taste the best that Durham has to offer.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 21:00
The Garden House Inn, Framwelgate, Peth, DH1 4NQ Durham

Further Information

There are plenty of places that offer British pub grub around the north-east, and plenty of gourmet restaurants as well. Few places though, can offer the combination of the two quite like The Garden House Inn on Framwelgate Peth in North End. They’re just a short walk from the main Durham train station, and the food on offer reflects both the cosmopolitan elements of the town and the traditional British country pub traditions that have maintained over the years. Let us talk you through the menu.

There are British pub classics, of course – cod and triple-cooked chips, Whitby wholetail scampi and a proper Sunday lunch – alongside gourmet dishes: try their Korean fried pork, tempura broccoli or the buffalo mozzarella for an international flavour. Take the trip up Framwelgate Peth to North End, not quite as far as Aykley Heads, for one of the finest British pubs in Durham in the form of The Garden House Inn – just remember to book your table ahead of time to ensure a prime seat.


71 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 71 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 09:36

very nice food, reasonably varied menu. My husband had pork to start with , then fish and chips. I had lamb, all good wine was good too.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 19:29

Outstanding Sunday lunch could not fault it, top notch service in a wonderful environment. What's not to like this place is the real deal looking forward to staying over or maybe a n evening meal here

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 13:54

Great food & lovely ambiance. I am a regular here now and it never disappoints. Staff are extremely friendly and always make visiting a pleasure.

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 07:56

Really nice atmosphere and the food was lovely. Would recommend the cheese croquettes and the garden house burger, and the cherry chocolate tart was very nice! Very friendly and helpful staff too.

1 review so far 4
04.08.2016 08:28

Very nice on the whole. The Inn itself has a lot of character, although we were seated in the (newly built?) conservatory, but it was bright and cheerful on a Sunday afternoon. Food was very nice. Really it was traditional Sunday Lunch fair, but of a slightly more chef-y sort. A Few shortcuts were taken (veggies served under the John Dory were the same as serve as a side veg, and the sauce was quite similar to the sauce my wife had on the gnocchi). But the food was very tasty. The side veg and potato were very nicely done, which makes for a nice change. The lemon posset was lovely. Service was very nice, although maybe inexperienced and got a bit frazzled when things got busy. On the whole lovely, and would recommend and go again.

1 review so far 5
12.07.2016 14:08

The bar area is the place to be rather than the conservatory as it has more character. Wide selection of food on the menu, lobster sandwich starter was excellent as was the tomato soup. Wine reasonably priced and 3 real ales available. The main course (hake) was very tasty but we had virtually finished the wine by the time it arrived. Whether not all the chefs were in with it being a Monday I don't know but other people around were waiting as well. So, on the whole very good, just the long wait a bit of a downside.

1 review so far 3
18.06.2017 20:15

Bit disappointing - the interior and experience doesn't really match the exterior. Met with a smell of toilets as we walked through the front door, very dingy inside, had to find someone to show us to our table. Floor was sticky and bots of food from previous diners. Our server was lovely and friendly, but we did wait over an hour from arrival to getting our main course, with only drinks and some bread and butter between (no starters) and we had to ask where our food was. No vanilla ice cream for dessert /accompaniment (but not explained when menus were asked for) meant we all had to choose something else or go without. Nice staff, food was OK and reasonable price but the other things really let it down. Probably wouldn't visit again unfortunately, as its very local to us.

1 review so far 4
19.01.2017 07:35

Sunday lunch, Good food and plentiful. Down side was the cramped seating which meant difficult to access seats and posed problems for waiting staff access to other tables. Will not be returning on a Sunday as due to popularity did not have adequate space. Service was good but minor training issue - asked waitress what beers they had to be told she did not know. On a positive the salmon starter was excellent and everyone enjoyed their main course. So plentiful that only two of five could manage dessert which again was well presented and tasty.

1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 10:41

Our first time at The Garden House and it won't be the last. The food and the atmosphere were both superb (we were early evening, before it got too busy) and the portion sizes immense - so big we had no room for dessert. The quality of the food was outstanding, proper restaurant/gastro-pub quality. Good range of wines & beers too.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 11:33

We had a lovely evening at the Garden House. We were with two guests from the Netherlands, and they were very impressed with the food and the ambience. The service was very good, and the staff moved us to a more spacious table when we requested it. Lovely food, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

4 reviews so far 6
13.04.2017 16:36

Great food and a great atmosphere. A good and varied selection on the menu catering for a wide range of tastes. The Garden House Inn never disappoints!

1 review so far 5
05.03.2017 13:25

The food is always excellent. The service was also very good indeed. The restaurant was very busy, but there were enough staff there to ensure everything was dealt with promptly. The only slight criticism we would have was that some of the food was just slightly a lower temperature than you'd expect, but certainly not enough to send it back for re-heating.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 18:37

The Garden House was the perfect place for our meeting today. The staff were extremely friendly and the food was exceptional - and very reasonably priced. It was all you might expect from an inn which understands and values what its customers expect. All in all, couldn't have been better.

4 reviews so far 5
09.07.2017 17:46

Excellent food and atmosphere. Service is good when it arrives but there are fairly long waits to place orders and for food. It took 45 minutes for the starters to arrive but they were excellent when they came. Service is slow but food is worth the wait - don't go if in a hurry!

1 review so far 4
02.07.2017 19:22

Place was lovely, although waited a long time to be seated. Good menu, but the food took an absolute age to come. Very tasty and enjoyable. Beware of the parking... on a weekend you struggle to find a space in the car park or in the surrounding streets. I think the service could be better but couldn't knock the food once it arrived.

7 reviews so far 6
22.12.2016 06:20

Friendly and helpful staff; excellent food; relaxed atmosphere. We sat in the conservatory but have previously eaten in the cosy bar area. The lobster sandwich is just delicious and the monkfish nduja was a revelation. We will definitely return.

3 reviews so far 5
06.09.2017 20:19

We booked the table for 6pm. The restaurant was pretty quiet but was really starting to fill up as we were leaving. Atmosphere was lovely, quirky decor. The food was sooo good!! I had risotto and my partner had chicken pasty. Will definitely go back!

7 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 20:18

Good service, good ambience and excellent freshly cooked food. The lobster sandwich is an absolute favourite but choose it as a main course rather than a starter, with a side order of skinny fries to share! Delicious!

7 reviews so far 5
16.02.2017 13:22

Service was good and the roaring log fire was very welcome on such a chilly evening! The salmon comes with giant couscous which it doesn't say on the menu, so don't order it if you are expecting normal couscous as you will be disappointed.

1 review so far 5
25.12.2016 06:39

Excellent food and very good portions. The chicken pasty for our main was beautiful and very nearly finished us off, definitely no room for dessert. Staff were very friendly and attentive and the place itself was very relaxed and inviting. We'd definitely go back.