'eleven' at Houndgate Townhouse

4.6
109 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
  • Good for Birthdays
eleven is a 32-seat restaurant based in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2015 featured Houndgate Townhouse - a Grade II listed Georgian Hotel set in the heart of Darlington. We serve a bistro-style menu of dishes which changes seasonally, and aims to use local produce where possible. This is served in our light and airy orangery-style extension or, in the warmer months, on our south-facing courtyard. A selection of cocktails, wines and soft drinks are available to accompany your meal.

(At peak times we may require an advanced deposit for tables of six or more. Please contact Houndgate Townhouse for more information )
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Mon, Sat, Sun 08:00–12:00
Mon–Thu 12:00–15:00
Mon–Thu 18:00–21:00
Tue–Fri 07:00–12:00
Fri, Sat 12:00–21:00
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Phone number
01325 486011
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Parking Details
The nearest car park is to the back of the building - Beaumont Street East.
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Public Transit
Darlington train station is a ten minute walk, with services to Newcastle and York taking thirty minutes. There are also several local bus stops nearby.
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Special Events & Promotions
The eleven restaurant can be sectioned off and hired exclusively for up to 32 diners for a sit-down meal. Alternatively, a more informal cocktail and canapé event is possible. The whole of the ground floor, including lounge & bar, can also be hired, as can the entire hotel. Please contact Angela to discuss your requirements.
Private dining contact: Angela on 01325 486011
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 109 People Are Saying
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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lunch with friends.
Few negatives, ordered drinks, then told not in stock. Ordered Turkey cranberry ciabatta..then told no cranberry, 5 minutes later back to say no cranberry. Plastic straws did not ask for them in drink...in light of present do not use un necessary plastic....do not use and if some one wants one use paper please. We are adults......
Otherwise food and service good and friendly.

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B
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining at ‘eleven’ is always a pleasure, they do everything well, extremely enjoyable evening, staff are very attentive, food was delicious and the live music, on this occasion, was the icing on the cake. (Live music is not always the case and s enjoyable without it). They also have a brilliant cocktail menu and a bar area where you could just call in for drinks.

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CN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Perfect little touch with the birthday board! Thanks X

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother to celebrate her birthday before going to the theatre. We could not fault the place, everything was perfect, food, service, wine list everything. I would not hesitate in recommending the Houndgate Townhouse.

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HD
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant, fantastic tasty food and fantastic, welcoming service. Definitely recommend.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch... a beautifully presented eating area and friendly and attentative staff. Breakfast was perfect!

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C
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service from very attentive staff. Nicola was so accomadting and helpful as she always is. One of our favourite places to go. Food is always fantastic

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in the town. Great place for brunch/lunch/dinner/afternoon tea. Also great for groups and parties. Highly recommend - great food and friendly staff.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect venue and fabulous food. James is an asset to the townhouse. Friendly, helpful, professional. Many thanks for making our visit wonderful. Would absolutely recommend a visit.

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KJ
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea is fantastic! would highly recommend!

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AF
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A very enjoyable experience for a group of five ‘ladies at lunch’

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AG
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I was interested in this restaurant in that ithad a vegetarian menu. Ordered the burger. Presentation was good - but tasteless. Very disappointing. Obviously not a chef who understands vegetarian food.

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MD
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food a bit disappointing. There were a few of us and some of the mains were recommended so a bit hit and miss. Only us in at 7pm. Maybe livens up later.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Alice in Wonderland style Afternoon tea took my family.
Staff excellent. Lovely clean comfortable restaurant. Afternoon tea was absolutely amazing. All of it totally fantastic.
Compliments to the chef.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was lovely, food portion was very generous and the atmosphere was lovely. Overall had a lovely meal for my birthday and will be revisiting.

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RE
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just disappointed it was not the menu we looked at online

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P
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Microwaved Sunday lunch veg. Strange ‘mint salad’ served and when my fiancé asked what it was, the waitress replied ‘well it’s a minted leaf salad of course’, standard Sunday lunch item, of course. Steak instead of beef joint, this is perfectly fine, but nobody was asked how they would like it cooked. Table next to us had better vegetable options and roasted veg whereas our potatoes were deep fried. Waitress obviously thought she was too good to be serving us as everything was a task or she made damn sure we knew she was, in her opinion, ‘better than us’ by her snooty facial expressions. Drinks were nice however and a younger girl who served my fiancé (after I walked out and took my 2 children with me after we complained to the waitresses face and she argued back with us and said ‘well you’re the only complaint today’) was very nice and knocked 20% off the bill, although the grand total was £70 for pompus service and below average food. I won’t eat here again.

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OT
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Partner and I love 11 Houndgate because the menu is varied and interesting and we have not yet been disappointed with a meal, very good value , .  Access is very good for both a wheelchair user and my Guide Dog and the staff are both professional and friendly. All together Darlingtons best venue and we do highly recommend no 11 Houndgate *

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OT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

11 Houndgate is our firm first choice the dining out in Darlington! Because the food is always on a very high standard good choice professionally served the large table with space to spare I hate restaurants that cram you in together! And value for money these days very good. As I am a guide dog owner and my partner is in a wheelchair user Houndgate townhouse must be highly commended on their attention to accessibility and the professional and careful way they look after their guests!. We have also stayed overnight at Houndgate townhouse and the rooms are superb beautifully furnished in modern stylish furniture and the bathrooms are to die for!

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JK
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post theatre supper have been meaning to eat here with my husband for ages and what a treat it was. Food and drinks nicely served and delicious. Lovely dinning area with great seating in a booth we are already planning our next visit

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C
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Had an afternoon tea which was good (food wise) but wasnt overly impressed with service am afraid.we were given tea in pots that went cold and no milk for 15 minutes and everything seemed a bit rushed like staff had too much on. Unless we got to experience it again not sure I would recommend to others

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RB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow considering there weren’t many people eating. However did not bother us as we were having a girls catch up.food was excellent, although deserts were disappointing. Value good.
Would come back but not in s hurry.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food, friendly and attentive service, superb surroundings (the outside space is unusually lovely for a restaurant in the town centre). And the cocktails are fab. Highly recommended for any occasion!

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R
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely anniversary meal. Great food, atmosphere, and staff. Would definitely recommend.

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W
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food we chose was all good quality and well cooked. Staff was polite and attentive. We would have liked more of an evening menu to give more choice than the lunchtime more casual dining experience. Will definitely return through the day but maybe not for an evening meal.

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HT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely venue and excellent choice of food on the menu. Lots of vegetarian options. Food was of great quality and perfectly cooked. The only minor downside was that it was very noisy due to a baby shower party, which meant it was very difficult for us to have a conversation with each other.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food thank-you. Would definitely go again and recommend to friends and family,

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OT
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I stayed on a Valentines deal which included an early check in and late check out, afternoon tea and breakfast. I love this place. The food was lovely, staff couldnt do enough for us.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, excellent food and a good atmosphere. I would recommend a visit if you have not been.

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a
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, shame we were the only couple in eating. But the people who were missing missed out on great food and service

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DM
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice food and pleasant service. Good ambiance within and felt like a cosy atmosphere. Would recommend it to my friends.

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EM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went as a group of 9 for a birthday. Everyone's meal was lovely and good value for money, good selection of drinks. The staff were great, very helpful and professional. Really nice atmosphere. Overall a lovely place to go, I will be returning.

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AS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, delicious food and really helpful staff made my birthday a lovely occasion, definitely recommend

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KS
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and exceptional staff, very friendly and professional. Would recommend the Townhouse for casual coffee, anytime eat or wedding venue. If you can think of an occasion they will do everything they can to accommodate.

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R
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Excellent service. Staff were very friendly. Lovely atmosphere and place to eat or even go for a coffee or light snack. This was my 2nd visit in the same week. The 1st visit was my first time eating here. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite places in Darlington! I always look forward to going here. We will be back soon

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G
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went here on 30th December, fantastic meal, lovely ambience. Staff were first class. Would definitely recommend

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OT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

While I cannot fault the restaurant for bending over backwards to make sure the experience was a pleasant one, I am not impressed that Open Table did not inform me when I made the booking that there would be a restricted seasonal menu, and that a set menu had to be ordered in advance (the table menu was basic due to time of year). As this was my birthday and my family had travelled to be with me I was really disappointed. The service waiter and chef then went out of their way to provide a three course menu with superb service and attention to detail. The chef even made a Happy Birthday message in white chocolate along with his speacialty white chocolate fudge as a complimentary end to our meal. The cocktails were also delicious. I would recommend that anyone booking through open table, checks with the restaurant to make sure they can accommodate your needs.
I would not hesitate to recommend No.11 at The Townhouse for its atmosphere, food and service.

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OT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good service and a friendly atmosphere. Enjoyed the relaxed ambience.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Although the staff and food were good. If we had been informed that we would start in the bar with starter then be asked to go to the restaurant for main and dessert then to be asked to return to bar for coffees I wouldn’t of booked.I understand it’s xmas and you’re busy but we were meeting friends with xmas presents and to have to keep moving with all the bags was not ideal,also one of our party is undergoing chemo which to be honest was quite exhausting for him.I must say that I have never experienced a musical chair restaurant and would probably not visit your restaurant in the future

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