Where to eat and drink

Durham has a huge choice of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, many of which have agreed to stay open late to keep you nicely fed and watered during the festival.  Our friends at Visit County Durham have negotiated some special offers to help you to eat, drink and keep your sugar levels up at LUMIERE.

You can find these places listed below and on the map identified by the yellow squares.

For more ideas of places to eat, visit thisisdurham.com 

A. Oldfields Noted Eating House

Oldfields believe in real British food, simply prepared using the finest, local farm-sourced seasonal produce, at good value. The ingredients that go into their kitchen come from local farms and suppliers: locally reared meat and locally-grown vegetables.  Oldfields is offering LUMIERE attenders 25% off their bills. 

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Oldfields Noted Eating House.

Oldfields Noted Eating House, 18 Claypath, Durham, DH1 1RH
0191 370 9595 | website

B. The Ozone Restaurant, Seaham Hall

Enjoy dinner for two in the stunning Pan Asian Ozone restaurant at Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa and receive a bottle of house wine free. Contact Seaham Hall on 0191 516 1400 to make your reservation. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability and valid from November 14th - 27th 2011. One voucher per table.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for The Ozone.

Seaham Hall, Lord Byron's Walk, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 7AG
0191 5161 400 | website

C. Hide Bar & Grill

Comfortable, modern, and situated in a picturesque spot, the Hide Bar & Grill is offering three special LUMIERE deals: Steak, fries, salad and a bottle of wine for two for £25; pizza and a glass of wine each for two for £15; or 10% off all food.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Steak, fries, salad and a bottle of wine for two for £25.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for pizza and a glass of wine each for two for £15.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for 10% off all food.

39 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NU
0191 3841999  | website


D. Undercroft Restaurant

A wide range of homemade cakes and snacks are available all day. A lunchtime menu is served and local produce and local ingredients are used whenever possible. Undercroft ar offering a special Early Bird offer of home-made soup and a freshly filled baguette for £4.95 between 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

0191 386 3721 | website
Durham Cathedral

E. Almshouses Cafe

Café-restaurant since 1983. Located in 15thC almshouses building between Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle on Palace Green. Offer: tea or coffee and a mince pie £3.50 - eat in or take away.

0191 386 1054 | website
Palace Green


F. Café Continental

Famous for its sandwiches and delicious desserts, Café Continental is extending its opening hours until 8pm during LUMIERE, and offering 10% off food and drink too.  Only one voucher per table.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Café Continental.


87a Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AG
0191 386 0000

G. Flat White

Noted for its superior coffee, Flat White will be extending its family-friendly opening hours to 11pm during the festival.  Special LUMIERE offer: tea or coffee with a take away hot dog for £3.50.

21a Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA
07789 951 149

H. Ruby's Roasts

The brilliantly local Ruby's Roasts sell a selection of hot foods as well as hot and cold beverages to take away.  A great place to pick up a bite en route. On offer during the festival will be the legendary Durham Ox Burger aka 'The Big One'. Normal price £3.50. LUMIERE price £2.50. Made in Durham, by Durham people to a secret recipe!

7 North Road, Durham, DH1 4SB

J. Three Tuns Hotel

Dating back to the 16th century, the Three Tuns Hotel is located in the heart of Durham, and retains a traditional atmosphere with much charm and character.

Special LUMIERE offer: Warm your cockles en route with asoup or roll to take away for £2.99.

New Elvet, Durham City, DH1 3AQ

K. Filini's Restaurant

0191 372 7200 | website
Radisson Blu Hotel, Framwellgate Waterside, Durham DH1 5TA

L. Chiquito

Walkergate, Durham, County Durham DH1 1SQ
0191 370 6470 | website
Already discovered Mexico? Think again! There's always something new to try at Chiquito, and more to Mexican than just hot, hot, hot.
CHiquitos are offering LUMIERE visitors 20% off the total food bill from 17th-20th November. Quote LUMIERE offer.

M. Castle Eden Inn

The Castle Eden Inn was nominated once again for Best GastroPub UK 2011 under the leadership of Masterchef Finalist Dave Coulson.  The Castle Eden Inn is offering a special 2-course meal for £12.95, or 3 courses for £14.95. Offer valid Monday-Friday 12-9pm, Sat until 6.30pm, Sunday 12-7pm. Please note that the Castle Eden Inn is not in Durham City.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Castle Eden Inn.

Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Hartlepool, Cleveland TS27 4SD
01429 835 137 | website

N. Osbourne's Bar

Osbournes is a brand new bar in the heart of Durham City and a great place to refresh yourself with an enviable cocktail menu, as well as great wines, beers and shots! Located just off the Elvet Bridge you can pop in on your way around the festival to enjoy the party atmosphere as well the special LUMIERE deal of 2-4-1 cocktails and bottled beers or ciders. Offer available between 6pm & 8pm and 10pm & midnight.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Osbourne's Bar.

21 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA
0191 383 0181 | website

P. Slug & Lettuce

Open for breakfast, lunch or an informal dinner, the Slug & Lettuce welcomes children until 8pm.  Special LUMIERE offer: 25% off food during the festival.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer for Slug & Lettuce.

Unit 7 Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SQ
0845 126 2900 | website

R. Varsity

Varsity Durham is located on route to the Cathedral and Castle from the City's Market Square, right in the heart of Durham's historic centre.Recently refurbished, it's outside terrace provides commanding views over the east side of the City, overlooking the River Wear and the 14th Century Elvet Bridge.

Special LUMIERE offer: 'Kids eat for £1' - choose any meal from the kids' menu for just £1 with any meal from the main menu. Children are welcome on Thursday & Sunday until 9pm, and on Friday and Saturday until 7pm - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer of Kids eat for £1 at Varsity.

Special LUMIERE offer: Burger & Drink for £4.99. Offer available from Thursday 17 - Sunday 20 November, 11am - 10pm.

Please print this voucher to redeem the offer of Burger & Drink for £4.99 at Varsity.

46 Saddler Street, Town Centre, Durham DH1 3NU
0191 384 6704 | website