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The Head of Steam Durham

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub
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North Road, Durham DH1 4RZ, England
+44 191 383 2173
12:00 pm - 11:00 am
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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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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016 via mobile

Wow what a wonderful pub. Crammed pack with a huge variety of craft beers specialising in Belgium beers also. Staff gave good advice as I too many lovely ales to choose from I couldnt make my mind up.... a very knowledgeable staff team. Definitely worth a visit. Although we didnt eat here the food looked and smelled divine

Thank jochg2016
Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

After reading reviews on here, my partner and I decided to call in for a beer. We both like traditional ales so this was right up our alley so to speak-and that is exactly where it is! A touch off the beaten track but a lovely hidden gem. Plenty of choice for every palette! My partner chose the triple chocolate... More 

Thank Nigel B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here yesterday, service was fairly quick, food was really nice and a great chilled atmosphere.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

First and foremost this is a beer drinker's paradise, however the food is pretty good too. Meals are well cooked and presented with generous portion sizes. Great comfort food, pizzas, burgers, dogs, nachos etc. Nice atmosphere but can get rather busy at weekends.

Thank Travelingdude1000000
Durham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Been a couple times just for a drink and can't wait to try their food. Staff are always so friendly and happy to help. Only complaint is that the drink are a little expensive, but happy to pay that just for a couple of drinks, especially in such a great atmosphere!

Thank Sarah B
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

My fiancee and I stopped in here for drinks while killing time, place is very nicely done out and we felt comfortable. Large selection of drinks but a little pricey. We noticed the menus on the table and tried a pizza which very good.

Thank CaptainWOW82
Northallerton, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

Made a bee line for the Head of Steam whilst visiting Durham recently, following an excellent first visit there some time ago. Wish I hadn't bothered, and just kept the nice memories. Very disappointed this time around, I have seldom come across such miserable & unhelpful bar staff anywhere. Seriously, a smile costs nothing, nor does anything more than just... More 

Thank allertonlad
Stanley, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We visited without children as part of the summer holidays fun. This was our first visit. The Surroundings seem clean. There is a bit of an American Family bar atmosphere. The music is not too overwhelmingly loud . But not everybody would necessarily like the pop rock that was played.There are many pictures up across the walls et cetera. The... More 

Thank FairyAngelican

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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 - $18
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups
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?