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Finbarr’s Restaurant

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| Aykley Heads House, Durham DH1 4BG, England
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked a table for Sunday lunch for 1.00pm. The restaurant was about 2/3 full, and the atmosphere cosy. we were taken to our table, offered a drinks menu, and our order was taken a couple of minutes later. We were then given the food menu, and after about 5 minutes our order was taken. My wife chose the beetroot salad... More 

Thank Brian G
Durham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

3 course £20 a head - absolutely outstanding French cafe salad Mackerel pate Braised Beef Sea Bream Rum Parfitt toffee sauce Chocolate Browny

Thank suzi4boro
Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You know how your heart sinks when someone suggests eating out at Christmas/New Year/Valentines Day? At these peak times we tend to expect high prices and mediocre quality and more often than not our fears are realised! Well that is not the case at Finbarrs - I have been there (in both its premises) for the last 4 or 5... More 

Thank IanMec
Saint-Michel-Sur-Orge, France
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice restaurant - very good service -friendly staff .... and good food in the plates (quality and presentation)

Thank Isabelle C
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A short drive from the centre of Durham which lacks choice for fine dining , but the drive is worth it. The staff are very friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious. Its pricey - on a par with South East and London prices to be frank which should mean awesome profit margins!! The crayfish starter followed by the... More 

Thank stuartb420
Durham, United Kingdom
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118 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

... but without the excellent service we used to love.... It's great to get our old favourites again... cheese soufflé/ halibut and chips etc. I've been 2 or 3 times since the changeover and find the service lacks confidence and charm, and the piped music is intrusive. With 10% more effort we could see brilliance agin.....

Thank GHRed2012
Durham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were invited to our friends 25th wedding anniversary at Finbarr's - the party of 14 was a perfect fit for the private upstairs room. The table must be almost square which actually allowed good communication and interaction for the afternoon party. Our waiter for the afternoon was a superb, polite, knowledgeable of the menu of the day and very... More 

Thank trev c
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

excellent service. excellent food. wonderful atmosphere. a gem in Durham. the lamb was cooked to perfection. The staff were welcoming and helpful. The venue is immaculate. congratulations!

Thank Divya144
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Great place to meet with friends, family or a date night. Food superb as always, staff efficient and knowledgeable on the menu. We have been visiting Finbarr's for a number of years and have always had a warm reception from the staff.

Thank Catherine B
Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My wife took me out for a meal to celebrate a recent work success. Table was ready right on time and the staff were excellent; attentive and friendly. The haggis scotch egg was very tasty and I had the halibut for main which was perfectly cooked. Wine list was varied and all in all it was yet another superb night... More 

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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
British, Seafood, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Aykley Heads House, Durham DH1 4BG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: 01913077033

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?