A rustic Gallic farmhouse charm is apparent in this bistro style restaurant on the outskirts of Durham. Pine floors and furnishings and white washed walls complete the look but the food and drink on offer is far more urbane. After sampling a Bellini from the cocktail menu you could kick off your meal with crab and whisky soup with butter-poached langoustine. Braised Moroccan lamb shoulder with chermoula, fruit and nut couscous and fennel and blood orange salad could follow after. It’s a return to home comforts for desserts with traditional teatime treats such as steamed apple and cinnamon sponge with rum-soaked raisins and custard on offer. There is also a separate vegetarian menu and many wines are available by the glass and carafe.
Bistro 21 is part of the following Editors' Picks:
"Rustically chic interiors breathe a fresh breath of simplicity in this bistro-style restaurant. Serving many of the all-time classics, such as minute steak and chips, it’s hard to go wrong with this menu. Between 17.30 and 19.00 you can choose from the two course menu at £15.50 or push the boat out with three courses at £18. With the likes of aromatic king prawns and mussel broth, it would be hard to resist."
Information on Bistro 21 , Aykley Heads House , Aykley Heads , Durham
Open: Daily 12:00-14:30, Mon-Sat 18:30-22:30
Seating Capacity: 55
Accreditation: Michelin Bib Gourmand, AA Rosette, Good Food Guide 2/10
|Local Directions:||From the north, take the A167 towards Durham. At the roundabout junction with the A691, take the first exit, signposted ‘Police HQ’. Follow ‘Police HQ’ signs, taking the third exit, B6532, at the next roundabout and the second exit at the following roundabout. At the small roundabout immediately after, turn right and Bistro 21 is on the left. From the south, take the A1(M) to Junction 62, taking the A690 into Durham. Go straight across two roundabouts, over the river and at the next roundabout take the third exit, A691. At the next roundabout, take the third exit, B6532, signposted ‘Police HQ’, following this sign again for the third exit at the next roundabout. At the small roundabout immediately after, turn right and Bistro 21 is on the left.|
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Mon 23 Jul 2012 – Mon 22 Jul 2013
Express Lunch: enjoy a two-course meal for just £15.50 or three courses for £18.00. Available Monday to Saturday between 12.00noon - 2.00pm. Choose from a weekly changing menu.
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