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Imperial Express Cafe

2 Northumberland Street, Darlington DL3 7HJ, England
+44 1325 383297
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (8 reviews)
“pasta” (9 reviews)
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Cafe, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
2 Northumberland Street, Darlington DL3 7HJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Thank you Imperial for such wonderful service during the last few months. Any complaints about the food, well, sort of - there is just so much that it would fill the hungriest appetite.

Thank Alan_Sue_141
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a group of 22 people including 8 German friends who were here for a car tour. Staff were brilliant, friendly and attentive- food was superb and service great. Our friends commented on the quality of the food and atmosphere and want to come...More

Thank Gail W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice upmarket cafe, service not overly friendly at times depending who is working but food is well prepared & I would recommend

Thank jonnyboy67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best full English breakfast in Darlington.Also lunch offers great variety - simply delicious to say nothing of evening meals. Being coming here for many years and despite lots of competition with many new coffee houses,lounges and restaurants it remains my number 1 venue.Love it.

Thank davisons21
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Haven't been here for some time but it's still the great place it has always been. Friendly & efficient service, lovely food and varied menu - something for everyone. In spite of all the other new places springing up around it the place was buzzing...More

Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Have been a regular at The Imperial for many years but due to work commitments, not of late.Full on menu,plenty of flavours,even a gluten free selection.Venison braised in its own juices served with mash and green beans followed by an Italian cheese platter,great drinks service,never...More

Thank tommykite
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Said I would never go back and made a big mistake.The service and the quality of the food leaves a lot to be desired.Howecer the coffee is good so are the croissant if they have not run out.

Thank smugglenortheast
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We have been here several times and I have left a positive review on it previously. We went on Saturday to find it unusually busy for a lunchtime. The order was taken and then we waited and waited and waited. Thirty minutes went by then...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Don't be put off when you walk in as the tables and decor are very basic. 3 of us went there for lunch & all had delicious main courses ( 2 x pasta with bacon, mushroom & cream sauce & 1 x eggs benedict) &...More

Thank Helena S
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been to the Imperial for years because I didn't like the wait for a table there used to be. Went for lunch on Saturday and had pasta carbonara which seemed to have a. lot of creamy sauce under the pasta. There was much...More

Thank lordburnside
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 13:00
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Northumberland Street, Darlington DL3 7HJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Darlington
  • Phone Number: +44 1325 383297
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