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The Head of Steam Durham

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub
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North Road, Durham DH1 4RZ, England
+44 191 383 2173
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Durham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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238 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

The Head of Steam is easily my favourite place in Durham for drinks and food. The staff are friendly, courteous and awesome, always up for a bit of a crack on. They are very knowledgeable of the products they supply and are happy to recommend you something new. The food is great. Between 1700 and 1900hrs, midweek, you can get... More 

Thank Jonathan C
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

I love the Head of Steam. An often missed bar in Durham as it is located down what looks like an alleyway, which makes it ideal as it is away from street and secluded and has lovely outdoor seating and balcony. The drink selection is vast, probably the biggest or one of biggest in Durham with ales and beers on... More 

Thank David B
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

My husband can't drink alcohol (allergic!) and Head of Steam do a great non-alcoholic selection so it's one pub he likes, bonus for me as they have a great Gin selection.

Thank ljg1006
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Took a bit of finding but worth the effort. Stopped by for a quick drink and some chips both of which were excellent and served by very friendly staff. Fab decor and a large selection of beers and wines. Would recommend as was lively at lunchtime. Sure to be popular in the evening.

1 Thank Rebekah R
Hebburn, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

The is quite a trendy pub and also cosy gem of a pub that has a good selection of real ales and other drinks. Popular with students and trend setters.

Thank ziplock9000
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

Tucked away in Reform place but worth the effort of finding. Friendly staff and a good range of drinks on offer. Nice outside seating area.

Thank Mark B

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, 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?