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Central Thai

The Gates Shopping Centre, Durham DH1 4SL, England
+44 191 597 8774
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“thai food” (21 reviews)
“the river” (25 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
The Gates Shopping Centre, Durham DH1 4SL, England
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

....great flavours, great range of food. Excellent value, excellent service, excellent service. What's not to like?

Thank Mick M
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Thai River has only just opened, just under Franwellgate Bridge and about 5m above the river. It's beautifully decorated, a bit quirky to my view but that may be to align all of the Feng Shui. Staff wonderfully welcoming and nice. Food is really good....More

1  Thank Hugo M
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Ordered spring rolls for starters and stir fried beef in black bean sauce for main there was four spring rolls in a filo pastry basket and a bit of salad the tiniest bowl with dipping sauce in the rolls were lukewarm and tasted like something...More

Thank cbcomponents
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Just had a fabulous lunchtime meal at River Thai (formerly Central Thai). They have moved to new premises but still beside the river with lovely views of Durham Castle & old Framwellgate Bridge. Our starters & main course were all really lovely & well presented...More

Thank lilley21
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend went to this restaurant on a day trip to Durham. My starter and main were nice, my partners was ok, but the staff were miserable, and the place was freezing. Bill was already produced prior to us asking for it

1  Thank Martin Y
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The food was bland and portions were small. The menu is overpriced. The décor is dated and dirty - spider jungle right outside the window. Really disappointed - it has so much potential and a great location.

1  Thank BebMerely
Reviewed 30 October 2016

we visited early on a friday evening the resteraunt is dated & could do we a new carpet but the main thing is the food & could not fault it mine was very tasty & nicely spiced

Thank daveroberts1964
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Last time i was here the food wasn't at it's best, such a shame as we usually love it. I ordered Sirloin steak with thai sauce and the steak was so chewy i physically couldn't eat it and i was really disappointing it was also...More

Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We came here via an Internet deal. It proved to be very good value for money and we enjoyed two fab meals. Staff friendly , service really good. Loved the green tea which can be seen on dragons den very quirky . Would recommend .

Thank Creamtea1964
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

As other reviewers have mentioned the interior of the restaurant could do with a good clean, there appears not to have any refurbishment taken place for some time, however the restaurant is due to relocate in the near future. The food was average as was...More

Thank tr250man
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Questions & Answers
Tandra C
11 October 2016|
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Response from Jonathan H | Reviewed this property |
i believe you can ask for gluten free alternatives or items but i do not remember seeing a gluten free menu per say
29 August 2016|
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Response from Vegan1759 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly, there is a tiny step to get through the door into the restaurant but that would be the only potential barrier
24 August 2015|
Response from David S |
No, But lots of large car parks nearby.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Gates Shopping Centre, Durham DH1 4SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 597 8774
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