Welcome to This is Darlington

Visitors Guide To Darlington


Welcome to This is Darlington - your guide to accommodation, restaurants, bars and entertainment in Darlington!

There is a real buzz in Darlington, where vibrant street theatre sits hand in hand with the attractive Quaker architecture of High Row, the Town Clock and Victorian Market Hall, which preside over the new pedestrianised town centre.

Discover its many pleasures for yourself - stroll around the town centre, dip a toe in the Water Cascade sculpture or sit and watch the world go by from a pavement café.

With more independent and designer shops than many other towns of a similar size, it is a smart choice for shoppers where you are guaranteed to find something different.

When the lights go down, dress up for an evening at the Edwardian Civic Theatre, or enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Arts Centre and Forum Music Centre. There are also plenty of amazing restaurants, stylish bars, clubs and award-winning real ale bars in which to find that great North Eastern welcome. Darlington folk are justifiably proud of the town's world famous rail heritage so no trip would be complete without a visit to the Darlington Railway Centre & Museum to see Stephenson's 'Locomotion' and enjoy family fun events.

Darlington has plenty of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets - from 5 star golf and spar resorts to cosy bed and breakfasts you're sure to find somewhere to rest your head!




The Old Farmhouse

The Old Farmhouse in Darlington is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar. Choose from fresh, inspiring fish dishes and hearty, comforting classics. […]

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Sardis Restaurant

Sardis Restaurant opened in North Road, Darlington in 1987. Owned and run by Sardinian brothers, Salvatore and Francesco Obinu, it specialises in classic Italian cuisine but also offers dishes with Mediterranean and European influences. A separate vegetarian menu is also available. As previous winners of the regional Italian Wine List of the Year Award, Sardis […]

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West Park Café

At The West Park Café, you can linger over a latte, wolf down a sandwich, or get dressed up for a date and sip cocktails. Here, you’re part of an eclectic mix of characters, art, and ambience. We offer espresso drinks in the Northern Italian tradition, homemade cakes, real food made by our chefs from […]

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Voodoo Mexican Cafe

Voodoo has a great reputation for preparing a rich variety of Mexican and South American dishes, and for serving the best coffee in Darlington! Only the finest ingredients and resh local produce plus exotic herbs and spices are used. Mexican Café Bar amazing food, large vegetarian choice, great beer fine wine and cocktails.  

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Akbar Dynasty

Anwar, who is our master chef, is a true expert in creating a fantastic range of authentic dishes that are totally unique to the Akbar Dynasty menu and can’t be found elsewhere.Our special menu also includes an extensive vegetarian and vegan selection of dishes and all collections are subject to a ten percent discount. The menu range […]

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Foffano’s

Italian continental cafe by day, authentic Italian restaurant by night, family-run, friendly and authentic. Open in July 2007 Foffano’s is a family run business located in the Market square; right in the heart of Darlington town centre. The owners Stefano & Emma Foffano aim to create a mediterranean atmosphere, this has mainly been accomplished in […]

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Royal Thai

Friendly atmosphere, authentic Thai food prepared by a master chef, special pre-theatre menus for Civic theatre goers

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Pizza Express

Exciting and authentic Italian menu with extensive pizza choice and children’s menu. A modern, spacious restaurant with a very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. A small al fresco dining area is available in the attractive courtyard garden during the summer.

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Maxine’s Bar and Restaurant

Town centre oasis of calm and luxury, for Modern British cuisine special menus and – la carte. The kitchen is devoted to modern British cooking and starters such as breast of pigeon and seared fillet of sea trout with peppered rocket, black treacle and Bloody Mary sorbet may impress. For the main event there’s confit […]

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Ristorante La Sorrentine

La Sorrentina offers traditional Italian cuisine and specialises in seafood, with daily fresh fish blackboard specials. Good food, friendly service & excellent value. Peppe runs a great restaurant with loads of passion & pride.

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The Old Yard Tapas bar

Mediterranean-style eating, unique blend of Spanish and Greek flavours, with popular summer pavement cafe. Try the Mediterranean style of eating out with our Spanish Tapas, Greek mezes and other authentic continental dishes. Dining out like our Spanish and Greek cousins means having a selection of food from our Tapas and special menus served to the […]

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Joe Rigatoni

Unpretentious friendly atmosphere,continental cuisine, specials menus and trendy Joe’s Bar downstairs. Joe Rigatonis at each of its locations has a unique design that reflects modernity, elegance, comfort and convenience. The décor speaks for itself with wooden flooring, teak furnishings and colourful lamps alongside paintings or photographs titivating the wall. If you stepped in without an […]

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