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The Alms Houses

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Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL, England
+44 191 386 1054
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Durham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This cafe is set in old almshouses and the structure has had only the changes necessary to make it a cafe. The food is good although the seating isn't very comfortable. The staff are pleasant and service is rapid. There are one or two pavement tables.

Thank fusspot2017
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Went in tfor lunch for three people. Directed to a small table with three chairs, so we relocated ourselves to a larger table. It was a monday lunchtime, hardly anyone in. What followed was a fiasco! The cook shouted to his young waitress "well move them back!" We declined to move, and the cooks response was "well youll have to... More 

Thank Mozminder
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

The outside seating here is a new development for me and a welcome one. We enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside and enjoy the glorious surroundings. Food and drinks were good and service was prompt. For my money the move to a system of table service makes it feel a little too formal.

Thank Michael B
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Great menu and a brilliant location, staff were friendly and the food was really nice for lunch, my whole family found something that was delcious

Thank Darren M
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

The obvious place to eat on a warm sunny day with a dog who was welcome outside on the AstroTurf seating area just opposite the Magna Carta exhibition. Lovely hot drinks and delicious lunches which all three of us enjoyed. The waitress Kay looked after us well and brought a bowl of water for the dog. The setting couldn't be... More 

Thank Mike S
Taunton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

Situated on the green right opposite the cathedral, a lovely place to sit and admire the view sitting outside. Staff were friendly and helpful, and there was water for the dog.

Thank TravellerNed1
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

Great location on Palace Green. We called for a quick snack prior to viewing the Magna Carta exhibition at the nearby library. Friendly welcome. Good tea, coffee and scones. Attentive service.

Thank LeeMack2000
Durham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014

Lovely food so close to the Cathedral, small and personal. Good selection especially for vegetarians. The only downside is its size which at busy times means it can be difficult to get a seat.

Thank Graham B
Durham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Unrivalled location on Palace Green, when the weather is fine you get a great view if seated outside. If seated inside it has always been noisy, a product of the high vaults and plain walls. The Almshouses used to be a great place to eat, friendly staff and good food if a little pricey. Now the owners have decided to... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Very attractive location, so overall average, but very noisy inside probably due to the vaulted ceilings. I had the afternoon tea, seemed fair value on the menu, but on receiving bill saw that the hot drink was extra! With a set tea the drink is usually included, so I was not impressed. The sandwiches were very small, cakes miniature and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +44 191 386 1054

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?