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All reviews traditional pub real ale city centre four poster bed friendly locals like stepping back in time off street parking pub with rooms a great place to stay few minutes walk full english breakfast cooked breakfast couple of nights comfortable rooms great room short stay breakfast was excellent
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We went to this pub for lunch because it appeared on Sawday's good pubs site. It wasn't really worth the walk from Durham's city centre. Its small bars do have interesting Victorian features, and it has good real ale, so if all you're interested in is the beer it's fair enough. But it is basically a pub for its regulars and not very welcoming to chance visitors. Its food at lunch-time on a weekday was practically non-existent: it consists of a small selection of sandwiches (tasteless processed cheese, slimy thinly-sliced meat) on cheap white bread -- in fact, sandwiches of the tired and listless kind that you might have found in a British Rail station buffet in 1955. It's charming that time has stood still in the furnishings but less appealing that the food is a period feature too.

Date of stay: June 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Travel1000Glen
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

the staff are really lovely and most helpful
very tasty breakfast - 4 poster bed - big room and bathroom
excellent range of real-ales and whiskys
most enjoyable stay
straight over bridge to cathedral
good value for money (for a couple of nights - would we stop here for a week? juries still out)
a couple of garages available else its parking on-street
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only comment - wi-fi is temperamental - needs sorting if business custom is to be attracted

Date of stay: September 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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1  Thank accordionman
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a perfect location for visit to Durham - right in the city centre. On site parking a real plus.

We found comfortable accommodation in a character-packed pub. The Victoria has an unspoilt bar with a lovely atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. A great selection of local beers and a tremendous range of whiskies. It's an ideal place to stay if you want good value quality accommodation in a characterful setting.

Date of stay: August 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank WebstersLondon
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Arriving outside "The Vic" you are greeted with a definative victorian building whose window boxes are beautifully stocked and kept, a real cottage garden effect. On entering the bar you are greeted by staff who are genuinly friendly and helpfull.The main bar, which has won various accolades including CAMRA pub of the year and also an award for the least changed pub in England! is devoid of large screen tv's, juke box or games machines. However, the lack of such entertainment works extremely well in the olde world bar bringing the art of conversation back to the living. The "locals" are only too happy to talk with interest making you yourself feel like one of the locals. Not to mention the selection of real ales available and if whisky is your tipple then "The Vic" is the place for you as there is a huge selection of both Scottish and Irish whiskies! Our room was a spacious size and was meticulously clean to which the housekeeper was only too happy to accomodate any of your needs. Breakfast was in a comfortable dining room where you could help yourself to beverages and the cook would cook your breakfast to order and just how you like it. Unlike many a place where breakfast is a buffet affair! "The Vic" is perfectly situated for trips away, even if it's just the ten minute walk to the palace green and the splendours of Durham Cathedral and the castle, (The lindisfarne Gospels being the attraction at the moment). If you come by car, garage parking spaces are available behind the pub, the staff and locals alike are only too happy to advise on places of interest to visit wether that be Hadrians Wall, The Metro Center or small historic villages. I heard about "The Vic" through a friend and I for one will certainly pass on my knowledge to others and will definately be coming back. definate value for money in my book.

Date of stay: July 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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2  Thank davey t
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

The unprepossessing exterior of this pub belies what is within. The rooms are spacious. Both ours had baths and one had a four-poster bed.
The pub is a priceless example of late Victoriana, with engraved glass windows, original fireplaces, pictures of Queen Victoria and countless Toby jugs. It has a lovely, homely atmosphere, and a good range of beers and whiskeys.
Thanks to the footbridge across the Wear, the Victoria Inn provides quick access to the cathedral and castle. And there was a garage to park our car in.

Date of stay: June 2013
Trip type: Traveled with friends
3  Thank SHSP
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