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The Head of Steam Durham

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
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North Road, Durham DH1 4RZ, England
+44 191 383 2173
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 am
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here on a Friday evening so it was quite busy anyway. Lucky to get a table, service fine but everything was v expensive so we didn't stay long.

Thank JennyB1984
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459 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hidden gem is well worth seeking out in the city centre. Serving a vast array of craft beers and imports, this is a great find for beer aficionados and lovers of real ales. Friendly staff and comfy seating all add to the mix. To pass time, try and find the £75 bottle of Chamay behind the bar. Overall a... More 

Thank jaspandsal
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great pub with a good selection of drinks. The atmosphere is pleasant and the food is decent pub food.

Thank Paul F
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited at 1200 Saturday to feed a hungry family of 7 ,staff very friendly, chid friendly (kids shared),beer range huge would like to taste each one ranging from English American to Belgian etc etc best I have seen or drunk We had large pizza and burgers/chips a very good meal, well presented,quick service, the Italian pizza is the best I... More 

Thank pistolispete
North East England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a Sunday Lunch in this Pub, was not impressed at all , Vegetables were still hard and uncooked, but if you want cheap inexpensive food , you get what you pay for.

Thank Rockford51
Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't eat here, but had a drink. Massive selection of beers, especially Belgian. It had a really great atmosphere on a cold Saturday afternoon. Outside seats and terrace for smokers, which the regulars assured me was a great sun trap - but not in February. It's also more of a mixture of a locals and tourists pub, situated in the... More 

Thank johnnychips
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It has that real pub feel to it and it's a great venue to meet up with friends for a few pints and a bit of banter. Always chilled out, reasonably priced with comfortable seats and a good atmosphere. The bar staff are always friendly and laidback too.

Thank Austin R
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered a margarita and had by far the worst cocktail ever. I've had bad cocktails before but I never thought anyone can completely ruin a margarita. That is definitely a skill. Young lady at the bar took ages and seemed like she has never made a cocktail before. It was watered down, had plenty of ice and salt in the... More 

Thank ot717
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

We visited Durham as a precursor to Christmas and found ourselves outside the bar at opening time. Once inside we ordered drinks. I chose an IPA which fitted the bill ideally. There is a huge selection of beers to choose from. My son in law chose a Christmas Ale at 10%!!! The girl at the bar advised me it was... More 

Thank Baz B
South Shields, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Called in on our Christmas Day/night out on Thursday, greeted by a lady with blonde hair who was rude and ignorant. We were the only ones in the pub... no wonder if this was the greeting you get!! We had one drink and left! Really disappointing!

Thank sanddancer106

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $19
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 am
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Road, Durham DH1 4RZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 383 2173

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?