Bistro 21

Bistro 21


0.5 miles
Aykley Heads House, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TS
Half close your eyes and you're in a French country restaurant. With white-washed walls, rush-seat chairs and pitch-pine floors, and scattered with pots, baskets of logs and storm lanterns, Bistro 21 has a refreshing simplicity. Hard to believe this restaurant, the former servants' wing of an elegant 18th- Century villa, is on the edge of Durham city.

Part of Terry Laybourne's family of restaurants, the starting point, as always with his restaurants, is the produce. Menus are seasonally driven (locally sourced wherever possible) and offer classically executed, bistro-style dishes with a contemporary twist: potato pancake with smoked salmon, perhaps, or leg of organic hill lamb with green beans, tomatoes and garlic. This is honest, unfussy, well-executed cooking - a worthy winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand - with big and bold flavours that are allowed to speak for themselves. And you really must leave room for pudding. These are seriously comforting desserts: perhaps, hot apple fritters and apricot sauce; iced cinder toffee parfait; and, in season, English summer pudding. Ice creams and sorbets are all homemade.

You'll find a young and enthusiastic team in the kitchen. It's not unusual for them to be seen out gathering wild garlic or visiting a local farm to learn more about the Aberdeen Angus cattle and Saddleback pigs that end up on the menu.

As well as the main dining room, the restaurant has a flagged courtyard for summer lunches and pre-dinner drinks, a tiny snug of a bar, two cosy vaulted rooms for small private dinners and a light-filled upstairs dining room for larger private parties. In addition to the à la carte menu, there are fixed-price lunch and dinner menus.

Like the staff, the atmosphere at Bistro 21 is relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The cooking is taken seriously but the delivery is simple and unpretentious. Definitely no standing on ceremony here
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Tues:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Weds:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Thurs:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Fri:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm
Sat:12pm-2pm, 6pm-10pm

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