Dear diners, if you would like to book for afternoon tea, please contact the restaurant directly.
Situated on Skinnergate, The Keys boasts all the components for a perfect day or night out in Darlington: a stylish setting, a well stocked bar and a delicious, seasonally-changing menu of British and international cuisine. Equally popular for drinks as it is for lunch or dinner, The Keys is known to get busy. Make a booking at this charming gastropub in advance to avoid disappointment and then head on over to its town centre location!
No matter if it is for a spot of brunch, a three-course family meal or a few drinks in the evening with friends, The Keys is a favourite among Darlington locals, known for its superlative cuisine, mouthwatering cocktails and trendy setting in the town centre. Begin your meal with some crispy jerk chicken wings, lamb kofta or some homemade chicken liver parfait. The main course menu is just as international, featuring British favourites like beer-battered haddock and chips alongside an array of Italian pastas, chunky beef chilli brisket with coriander rice, nachos and dips or Malaysian vegetable curry.
Afterwards, sink back a Black Cat (vodka, cherry brandy, Coca Cola and cranberry), an Apple Tart (gin, cinnamon, sugar, apple juice, two lemons and fresh apple) or treat yourself to one of The Keys’ decadent desserts. Located on Skinnergate in the town centre, The Keys draws in crowds every day of the week. Snag one of the best seats at this Darlington gastro pub by making a reservation beforehand!
Took my mum for afternoon tea as a mothers day gift: Lovely food, resturant was very clean and service was excellent, the staff really look after you.
The food, the staff and the ambience at the Keys Darlington make this a most enjoyable place to visit. We have been several times and have never been disappointed.
Food was lovely and the staff were friendly and helpful. My daughter has a gluten intolerance and the chef was happy and obliging to adapt the menu.
We Really enjoyed the afternoon tea, there was a good variety of sandwiche fillings and tasty scones too. The tomato jam was a good accomniment to the cheese scone.
We had a fantastic meal last night. It was our first time visiting The Keyd and the food was excellent. The burger was by far the best we've had and the service we received was excellent. What a bonus is was that there was 2 for 1 on cocktails. We will definitely be paying another visit.
The food was so much better than what I had expected. I kind of had an expectation that it would just be average 'local bar food' but it was so much better. Great quality food, affordable prices and very good portion sizes. I'll definitely be returning for another visit!
Staff were great, they work hard to please, will definately go back and reccomend to friends and family. Food was good. The only down side is the resturant was a little cold but the staff did put the heating when we informed them we were cold.
For our first time going there, the staff were very attentive and polite, nothing was too much trouble and the food was very good, so good we couldn't finish it all and we were given the rest to take home, lovely place well recommended a visit
Not very busy, which was good but later when a DJ started playing it was difficult to talk. I thought the DJ would be upstairs. No wine list available which is not good. No happy hour for cocktails (only friday and saturday). Usually i find the food average but this time all 3 of us were impressed. Had to seek out a member of staff to pay.
Had afternoon tea for a birthday treat. very attentive and friendly staff. booked on line , got phone call to confirm, asked if any dietary preferences ie gluten free. the food was very nice. Would recommend to anyone. The venue is lovely and clean.