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“Disappointed after all the hype.”

Bells Fish Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 312 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Take-away.
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Disappointed after all the hype.”
Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Ive lived in Durham for 30 yrs and never tried Bells.
After reading reviews i decided to drop in on Saturday.
Service was fast. However, the first thing i noticed was the fish was placed on top of your chips. This meant you have to lift it to put the salt and vinegar on your chips. The vinegar is obviously watered down as i drowned a chip in it and sucked it off to taste it.......no taste.
The batter was very chewy. Overall,not bad but had way better. Food was nice and cooked in clean oil.
Try Colmans at South Shields if you think Bells is good ...you'll be blown away!
I'll leave it another 30 years.

Thank leesedder
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
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  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Steer clear pescatarians”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Upon entry to the restaurant, we noticed on the menu that all the products were cooked in beef dripping, and half of the party did not eat red meat. I didn't realise at the time that this meant we could barely eat anything from the menu, not even chips! The only fish option available to us was a poached cod and salad. I chose a chicken pie, which was mediocre and didn't seem fresh, and asked for my chips to be replaced with a bread roll, which I was then charged extra for.

It's fine to cook things in a traditional way but it's still necessary to have better options for a variety of dietary requirements. The idea of not being able to buy a cone of chips from a fish and chip shop because they don't prepare any of the chips in a Vegetarian manner blows me away, especially for a restaurant which receives such high reviews! Very disappointed that I wasn't able to actually sample the fish and chips and providing Pescatarian options really ought to be looked into.

  • Visited April 2014
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8 Thank sabeprob
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Genoa, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“a superb fish and chips”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

choose for its appearance: we got fish and chips; were perfectly done, huge portion, fast prepared
I returned again next day: same good result
excellent for lunch

Visited March 2014
1 Thank M-Leica
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Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2014

Good quality fish and chips,in nice surroundings (and a synopsis of the buildings history on each table to read as you eat),served by efficient and friendly attractive staff.
Well priced,so what more could one want?

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank jhallyday
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Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Very nice, quick meal”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Bells' cod & chips was very tasty. If you are in Durham, and want a quick, inexpensive bite to eat, this is a very good option. Great service as well.

Visited April 2014
Thank MariaK_10
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