Visited this restaurant today with my wife whilst on a day out in Durham. It was lovely sunny day and at the time of visiting the restaurant, shortly after 1 o'clock, it was fairly busy with other diners.
We were asked at the bar if we would prefer to be sat inside or outside, we said we had no preference and were shown to a table outside which was lovely. We were sat at the top of the outside terrace looking over the terrace and having a nice view of the river. As well as the usual menu and lunchtime offers, they had a gourmet barbecue special which both I and my wife had.
The dish was priced at £12.95 and came with marinated rump steak, peri peri chicken and a lamb kofta pattie. The dish came with assorted summer salads and fresh sauces. Although not cheap i have to say the dish was really good value for money with the meats cooked perfectly and the salads, dressings and sauces tasting exquisite. I was very impressed with this dish. The chef on the barbecue, who was the owner of the restaurant, came to our table and told us that he was starting our dish which I thought was good.
The only negative about the restaurant is the service. We waited a bit before our drinks came, in fact our drinks arrived the same time as our meal. Once we finished our meal we seemed to be forgot about and just sat. The owner/ chef did come over and we had a nice chat, this was whilst we waited for our bill after asking a waitress for it. I did compliment him on the food whilst we chatted. After he left us we still had a wait for the bill and had to remind the waitress again. On her way back through we said to her we would follow her out to pay our bill at the bar just in case she forgot us again......
This is a nice restaurant and on judging by the food I had, I will return, recommend and hope it continues in business. The only niggle is the service, get that right and it will be perfect.