Bistro 21, Durham
The goal of most first dates is to get on well enough to plan a second, and if you’re lucky, finish the night with a kiss. Your average date doesn’t end up at the local Registery Office, but with Bistro 21, if the mood takes you, you can – it’s only next door.
But there’s much more to it than just a quick route to ‘I do’, Bistro 21 makes a lovely date venue too – as eHarmony’s Kate and Alan found out on their first date. “It’s a lovely restaurant and we’ve been back many time since,” they say.
With whitewashed walls, pine floors and a seasonal menu packed with freshly delivered ingredients – it’s beautifully unpretentious. They describe their dishes as ‘classics sharpened with contemporary twists’ and promise to leave you satisfied – which in food-terms translates to things like herb crusted fillet of hake with onion confit and celeriac puree (which still sounds pretty fancy to us). Vegetarians aren’t overlooked either, there’s plenty on the menu to suit every taste. And as no table seats more than eight, you won’t find yourself crashing someone’s birthday party.
If you’re just meeting for a drink, their snug-like bar makes for a romantic setting too, with barrel-vaulted ceilings, stone-flagged floors and a selection of locally brewed beers.
Bistro 21 is perfect for people who love good food and down-to-earth surroundings. Plus, if you do fall in love, you’ll be able to return for your wedding lunch. Check out the current menu or book online at – www.bistrotwentyone.co.uk. Or if you prefer to do things the traditional way, you can make a reservation on 0191 384 4354.
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