When it comes to Durham, no one knows the county better than the people who live here.

That's why we asked Durham's residents to share with us what they love about our amazing county, to uncover Durham's many hidden gems.

Fancy a tipple or two? Check out our handy guide to the top bars and pubs across the county that locals love. 

exterior view of The Duke of York pub and close up shot of food.

Duke of York

On the border between the historic Vale of Durham and beautiful Durham Dales you'll find the Duke of York, a cosy country pub where you can soak up the atmosphere, enjoy fresh seasonal food and delicious drinks indoors, on the roof terrace or pretty beer garden. 

outdoor seating area at the Black Horse Pub Beamish

Black Horse Beamish

Tucked away in the stunning Vale of Durham countryside, Black Horse Beamish boasts sweeping views across Beamish valley, a beautiful 37 acre lavender field and woodland. Dating back to the seventeen hundreds, the 300 year old pub is steeped in history was originally a large cottage, transformed into a pub around 1850.

Other bars and pubs loved by locals across the county include - 

  • Bay Horse Middridge, Newton Aycliffe    
  • Copper Mine, Crook
  • Ebony Champagne Bar, Durham City 
  • Slug & Lettuce, Durham City   
  • Station House, Durham City
  • The Boat Club, Durham City    
  • The Bridge Hotel, Durham City
  • The Library, Durham City    
  • The Newton Grange, Newton Hall, Brasside    
  • The Old Mill, Metal Bridge    
  • The Ox Inn, Oxhill, Stanley 
  • The Shepherd and Shepherdess, Beamish




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