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“cold and slow”
Review of Oldfields Noted Eating House - CLOSED

Oldfields Noted Eating House
Price range: $14 - $35
Cuisines: Scottish, British
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We’re proper cooks, serving real British food, cooked properly. We don’t mess around with our food. We cook it simply, without flashy sauces, so the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves.The ingredients that go into our kitchen come from local farms and suppliers, some of whom we’ve known for years, like Joe Simpson of Cockfield, who rears, slaughters and butchers his own beef, Ian Alexander of Raby Estates with his fantastic venison and Carol Peacock from Sedgefield who makes world-beating blue cheese. Our veg comes from the local markets and our recipes are based on real British dishes with heritage.
Reviewed November 6, 2012

went for the early bird menu as we were visiting the nearby durham gala theatre for a show, when the starters arrived the soup was cold and had to be sent back, it came back a lot hotter but then there was quite a wait for the mains to be brought even though the place was not very busy at the time, maybe another 5-6 tables only, although they were very well prepared, however, when I ordered the sticky toffee pudding, it again came to the table cold, not very good for this restaurant as the last time we were there, some months earlier, we were also dissapointed with the quality of the cooking, and it will be some months again before we venture to this eatery

Thank lunnys
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was in Durham for a few days and found it quite difficult to find good places to eat in the evening. Tons of ordinary places, but few which were special. And the prices were quite high, almost up to London prices. Oldfields looked interesting and was close to where I was staying, so I gave it a try on two occasions. On the first occasion I had an excellent pork head terrine with a tiny dollop of pease pudding. Both were great, but I could have eaten more. The main course was a rabbit and black pudding pie - a few bones, but it was delicious. Ice cream for pud which was OK, but not really special. On the second occasion I had curried Teesdale mutton for starter - a bit strange, but quite tasty. Beef and oyster pie followed - good and tasty. The devilled kidneys as a side were a revelation - yes, OK, I should have had vegetables. The cheese plate was good, but not outstanding. The wine list was small, but it was good that you could order by the glass. All in all, an interesting place with good food, but quite expensive.

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Thank David B
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went for dinner and were very disappointed by the quality of the food in relation to the prices charged. Our starters were not very tasty and my husband's was tiny and came without bread (weird for pork rillette) but it was the mains and the puddings which were the most shocking: I paid over £16 for a small rather cold chicken leg on a plate of passata with a few butter beans. The chicken leg felt like it had been cooked hours before and barely warmed up. My husband had the steak and kidney pudding which was ok. The desserts were weird. I had an apple and berry crumble which was absolutely massive. It had huge apples in it and what looked like tinned blueberries. The topping tasted like Jordan's cereal - not in a good way. My husband had a steamed plum pudding which was all pudding and barely any fruit - he left the pudding bit as it wasn't very sweet (too like his main). We both ordered custard which when it came was just really hot vanilla milk! If you can't make custard one wonders what you are doing cooking in a place like this. The service was patchy: we waited ages with our desserts while the waiter forgot to bring us spoons and waited ages to receive two horrible coffees. Our bill was nearly £80 which for the quality of this experience (and no wine) was high. We couldn't wait to leave and left feeling royally ripped off. Oldfields do well because there are so few places to eat in Durham. They market a certain image well but seriously need to improve the quality of their offer for these kind of prices. A few days before I'd eaten at Bistro 21 for a very similar price. The food there was excellent as were the staff. I've had good meals at Oldfields in the past so this was very disappointing. Won't be going back there in a hurray. You need to up your game or reduce your prices Oldfields.

1  Thank Claire A
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The food is always beautifully presented though the portions are quite small. Good atmosphere and great staff.

1  Thank milliej94
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Visited with family for Sunday Lunch and all 3 of us ordered the Beef. The service was very quick and the food was served almost as soon as the drinks were.

The Beef was well over done, but fortunately wasnt too tough and was actually very tasty. The main thing detracting from the meal was the fact that it was pretty cold. The plates hadnt been warmed and the food hadnt been served with enough gravy to prevent the whole meal becoming cold before it was served. For all the attention to detail in the local provenance of the food, it seems bizarre to overcook it and then serve it on a cold plate!

There was a few other minor things which just didnt sit with the theme of the restaurant, such as serving "paxo" stuffing with the meal, a lack of Salt and pepper on the table, or the Horseradish mentioned on the menu which all needed to be asked for. A huge problem? Not at all! But not in keeping with what could be such a great place!

The wine and the Local ale were both great however and the service was pleasant if not particularly thorough.

The dessert of Sticky toffee pudding was very nice without being too sickly, no complaints at all

A redeeming feature was a price of £12 for 2 courses or £15 for 3 - very competitive, especially if they sort a few little niggles.

Would go back, but would ask upon ordering for our plates to be warmed, which should make the meal much more enjoyable! Would have been disappointed if we had paid the evening prices for a meal of the same standard however, as we have had much better elsewhere for similar price to the daytime menu.

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Thank wand3223
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