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The Old Yard Tapas Bar

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Floors marked for social distancing
Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a find. This place is fantastic. Very atmospheric. Amazing choice of vegetarian options. Staff all wonderful and will definitely be returning.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well we found this haven of Spanisness in an unlikely setting, bang in the heart of a seemingly traditional North Eastern town centre. So what can I tell you? Inviting and atmospheric eating place, wonderful ambience, first class food and service, and very reasonably priced....We would recommend The Old Yard Tapas Bar to anyone visiting the town. Anecdotally, when we asked for "La Cuenta Por Favor, the young waiter said he didn't know if they had that brand of lager!" Made our night!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten here twice in the last month. It’s a very relaxed informal place to eat. Wide choice of tapas and meze dishes - something for everyone. We particularly liked the slow cooked lamb and the beetroot salad. All the dishes we chose we chose were...well cooked and tasty. Service was good, they were very busy but still performed well under pressure.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

Fantastic, fresh food - I'd go as far as saying its the best Tapas food that I've ever had! Friendly, very professional staff who work tirelessly to make you feel welcome and give you the best experience possible. 11/10 Must visit !!!! I guarantee you...will visit again and again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021

We arrived for lunch and were seated straight away. Our drink order was taken while we chose from two menus offering choices for all dietary requirements. I myself am a vegetarian and found multiple choices on the main menus as well as a full vegan...menu. A member of staff came to take our order quickly and waited patiently while we all gave our order, which included orders from some very picky eaters. Our food took less than 20 minutes to arrive and was amazing! Staff came to check on us regularly asking if there was anything else we needed, they really looked after us. It was the first time my sister had been to the tapas and she hasn’t stopped talking about it! The best place to eat in Darlington! We will be back!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

Me and my friend went to the tapas bar last night. This is my go to place everytime I eat out in Darlington and cpuld easily go every week and never get bored. So much choice, changing weekly specials and new additions to the menu...all the time. The food is insane each little dish full of flavour and different to the last. I have been coming here since I was a child with my parents (many moons ago waaaah) and ive never had a bad meal or the place has never lacked in atmosphere. The place, the food and the service are always 100% spot on and never had anything less from them. Ive been to many tapas bars both in the UK and abroad and never had anything that was a patch on these guys!!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021

We love tapas but only just learned of this restaurant from a friend who recommended it. Arrived on time and booked in inside, we chose to sit outside as it was a lovely evening. We waited, and waited, and waited for a menu to arrive,...it must have been a good 25 minutes. Eventually the menu arrived but another considerably long wait for a member of staff to take our order, I eventually took the order in myself and handed it to a member of staff - at that point we should have just left, looking back now I wish we had. The food eventually arrived - the food wasn't warm, the mushrooms were swimming in oil, the cold potato skins weren't very appetising either, how difficult can it be for a tapas restaurant to make delicious tapas !!! There was no point complaining as there was no member of staff available who we could complain to. When we got our bill that was incorrect too, a complete night of calamities. We did make our views known when we left but our evening out was ruined by that point. We would have loved to have given this restaurant a glowing review and be returning as we enjoy tapas but after our evening we can't recommend it.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 3 August 2021 via mobile

A lovely summer evening so we sat outside . After an hour of waiting and complaining about the slow service we received part of our food order . We waited a further ten minutes for the rest of our order by which time the previously...delivered dishes were cold . When we received the bill it was for just over £100 . After pointing out that the bill was way too much it was re- calculated at just over £50 ..still too much . I was given a pencil and paper to calculate our own bill which was in fact £46 . Sadly we will not return .More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 2 August 2021

The food was delicious and there was a great choice of vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant is well decorated and there is a fantastic atmosphere. However we did have to wait a long time before our order was taken and we ordered water for...the table and waiter came out with just one glass. We also had to pay for our food before the food came out and this seemed a little strange. It was quite pricey.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Tapasbar M, Manager at The Old Yard Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very pleased you were impressed with the quality and selection on our menu! We take pride that every dish on our menu is homemade freshly prepared produce, using high quality local suppliers...More

Reviewed 30 July 2021 via mobile

Where better to take 10 friends visiting the north east than here? In all there was a table of 14, and the staff and food have truly impressed each and everyone one of us. Service was outstanding, friendly and quick- the best you will get...in Darlington. In total, we ordered around 64 dishes, and none of them disappointed! Food was hot, and surprisingly quick out of the kitchen considering the amount (plus a very busy Wednesday night in the restaurant). The chorizo dishes and the saganaki was a table favourite. Thankyou so much for being so accommodating and providing insane food! A great place for a get together, a family meal or a solo visit!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Tapasbar M, Manager at The Old Yard Tapas Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2021

Thank you so much for your glowing review! We really appreciate your time taken to do so. We hope you will return again soon when you visit the north east! Kind regards- Tapas Bar Management

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4 September 2021|
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Response from Bungaymike | Reviewed this property |
Perhaps you should get out more😂
5 August 2021|
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Response from Barry V | Reviewed this property |
Yeah wear clothes Seriously no Enjoy this place
Elizabeth A
9 November 2018|
Response from travelpassion1989 | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your question. Yes we are kids friendly & we have a children's menu. We ask that children remain seated with their peers. Kind regards Tapas Bar management.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Yard Tapas Bar

Yes, The Old Yard Tapas Bar offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Old Yard Tapas Bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Old Yard Tapas Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5