If you’re tired of eating out at the same old chains over and over and are searching for a quirky, atmospheric, and indulgent new dining experience, there are few places that boast the beauty, style, or mystery of Durham’s coolest new restaurant, The Rabbit Hole. Concealed behind a kooky and curious ramshackle-looking antique store which showcases unusual, unique, and wonderfully weird treasures from across the globe, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is a treasure itself, only accessible through a secret, speakeasy side door that you’d probably just stroll past if you weren’t specifically searching for it.
Step inside though and you’ll be blown away by this restaurant’s brilliance. Opening up like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, you and your guests will be sent shooting back in time to a bygone era of pure decadence and luxury. This 1920s-inspired Shanghai supper club is simply overflowing with character, flair, and sophistication. Cosy, charming, and atmospherically lit, with mysterious hidden passages and doors, The Rabbit Hole will instantly enchant you.
More than just a restaurant, this is an experience. To keep the magic of this miraculous supper club alive, diners are asked to dress for the occasion with upscale attire fitting the theme. Meeting you at the entrance, the hostess will lead you into the restaurant’s extravagant and luxurious inner sanctum where you’ll be swept up by the aroma of incense and the improvisational rhythms and beats of the venue’s seductive jazz. Then, sit back with a glass of fine wine at your romantically lit table, take in the cosy and captivating 1920s-inspired surroundings, and enjoy a meal you’ll be dreaming about weeks after your visit.
Although the restaurant is a new addition to Durham’s food scene, having opened in September this year, it’s already rightfully a popular haunt for the county’s foodies. Combining the best of the exotic Far East with the whimsy of the West, the menu’s duel personality showcases dishes that are guaranteed to titillate your taste bubs. From superb steaks cooked on the wood-fired grill to unforgettable fish dishes like the salt and pepper seafood platter and market oysters served with ginger and rice wine vinaigrette, this restaurant is truly a sensory experience – a treat for the eyes, ears, nose, and taste bubs. Why not try the restaurant’s flavoursome and melt-in-the-mouth Mongolian lamb shank, braised in an intense savoury tomato and oyster sauce – the ideal warming dish for the winter months!? If this isn’t enough to tempt you, don’t worry – there’s a treasure trove of enticing dishes just waiting to be tried.
The Rabbit Hole, with its fashionable, underground prohibition speakeasy style, is also a delightful destination to down a drink or two; after all, what would the 1920s be without a bit of booze!? With a warren of chic and stylish bars to discover, enjoy a delicious cocktail like the dry bone Martini or the Old Fashioned in these dimly lit, moody, and quirky rooms. The Rabbit Hole also has ice-cold Tiger beer on tap in addition to a fantastic selection of fine wine.
Visit this unforgettable venue during one of the restaurant’s regular jazz nights and you’ll wonder what you ever did without a restaurant like this in your life.
All table reservations after 6pm in the upstairs supper club restaurant require a food and beverage minimum spend of £35 per person. For more information, be sure to visit The Rabbit Hole’s website or follow them on their social media pages.