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The Poachers

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Bridge Street, Metal Bridge, Durham, England
+44 1740 654268
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Poachers, Metal Bridge is a very warm, friendly and inviting pub which...
The Poachers, Metal Bridge is a very warm, friendly and inviting pub which offers great food as well as great service. We accommodate all needs and are more than happy to help whenever we can. Any special requirements don't hesitate to ask - we will always go the extra mile to pleasing our customers.
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  • 123
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely meal

Lovely meal will defi visit again. lady behind bar needs customer service training very short with customers. If you can't take it get out of the kitchen. Toilets need fixing. Menus scapy things.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Ann H
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
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English first
Gateshead, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Well went for my Sunday Dinner and have to say thought the meal was terrible. First off I am a vegetarian and expect in the 21st century that most places would have a vegetarian option, but not here, basically the vegetarian option is a Sunday dinner without meat. Therefore, really poor on the effort front, I mean how hard is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Lovely meal will defi visit again. lady behind bar needs customer service training very short with customers. If you can't take it get out of the kitchen. Toilets need fixing. Menus scapy things.

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Derby
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Looking for a local pub who did home made food and we came across this little gem. Excellent value for money, lots on the menu to choose from. Home made tasty food. Huge portions, Great staff, faultless.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

I can't tell you how the food is as after waiting 45 minutes for simply a menu, enough was enough and we left. When walked in we were initially pleased to be quickly seated when it looked busy. This was our first visit here and the waitress didn't inform us how to order or take a drinks order when sitting... More 

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County Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

we visited the poachers on tue night for a meal I wasn't impressed. probally the same quality as macdonalds, large portions but poor quality.

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Billingham
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Hubby's birthday meal last night, i had fillet steak which was lovely, my daughter had gammon we expected a nice "chunk" what she got was very thin it looked like an Asda pre packed slice, hubby had mexican rump and my son had surf and turf with rump. Both the rump steaks were over cooked, certainly not medium as asked... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Last time I visited it was a very big let down . Poachers is back at its best , gr8 food . Had fish and chips very nice

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Durham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Visited here at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. Overall ambience not good, feet stuck to carpet ,do with a clean .found a table set but not wiped. No meat left for Sunday lunch. No healthy options on menu. Chose roast chicken with new potatoes and veg. Chicken overcooked and greasy, pots ok, veg tasteless ,gravy lumpy all in all not... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Been visiting the poachers for years. Always value for money with decent portions. Friendly staff and great atmosphere.

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England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We visit The Poachers regularly, whether it be on a lunch time, afternoon or evening we have throughly enjoyed it each time. The food is delicious, good quality and really good quantity. You get a fantastic meal for a fantastic price! The staff ensure you are served quickly, they are always helpful and friendly. The pub has a warm welcoming... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bridge Street, Metal Bridge, Durham, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 1740 654268

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 31
  • Cuisine: English, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions

Description

The Poachers, Metal Bridge is a very warm, friendly and inviting pub which offers great food as well as great service. We accommodate all needs and are more than happy to help whenever we can. Any special requirements don't hesitate to ask - we will always go the extra mile to pleasing our customers.

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