'eleven' at Houndgate Townhouse

4.5
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119 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary European

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About

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.
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
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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit and we loved it. Food was beautiful and the surroundings were gorgeous. Service was slow at times but the staff were very friendly.
We stayed in room 6 and it was stunning, beds were extremely comfortable and the evening meal was just as beautiful as lunch.
It’s a shame to hear it’s closing down as we would have most certainly have visited again.

OT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great afternoon

CB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just been to eleven town house for a quick tea and it was amazing good food good service n reasonable price . Defiantly will be going again .

OT
County Durham
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pre Theatre meal prior to Darlington Hipodrome. All of us thought food very good indeed! Irish Stew and dumplings were outstanding both taste, texture and crispness of the dumplings! Lemon sponge and custard were superb! 11 Houndgate _never disappoint!

JG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food service excellent couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful

BC
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked for a meal with my 3 sisters, a lovely little place, Decor is very modern light and airy so created a very pleasant venue for our get together. Food cooked to perfection however did find choice of menu a bit limited but overall a good experience, will definately go again.

'eleven' at Houndgate Townhouse
Responded on 26 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review 'eleven' Restaurant and pleased you enjoyed the experience with us. We are currently reviewing the existing menu and feedback is appreciated to help us with the planning. Regards Manager @ Houndgate Townhouse

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AR
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked table for 1pm, pre ordered and specified we only had 1 hour lunch break, hence pre ordereing .. food came at 1:35 which is ridiculous considering we pre ordered. We then had an extremely rude lady member of staff, when we told her we had pre ordered a salad without dressing she gave no apology and said we hadn’t, twice. To which I showed her the email sent. Food was bad quality , over priced. Steak tasted frozen, no flavour and definitely not rare as asked. Wouldn’t recommend.

'eleven' at Houndgate Townhouse
Responded on 26 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review ‘eleven’ Restaurant. Sorry to hear your experience was disappointing. On occasions we are unable to predict the number of walkin guests coming in and unfortunately, on this occasion this lead to the delay in the food being served on time. All our food is freshly cooked and from local suppliers. We can only apologise the meal did not meet your expectation and we hope in the future you would return for a positive experience. Regards Manager @ Houndgate

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DG
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal. Service was excellent and the staff were extremely helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. Definitely go again

'eleven' at Houndgate Townhouse
Responded on 26 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review 'eleven' Restaurant. We appreciate the time taken to do so. Regards Manager @ Houndgate Townhouse

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D
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was well cooked but the men was disappointing and nothing like the one to view on the website. Shrive was friendly and the food was well cooked.

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.

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.

CN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Just disappointed it was not the menu we looked at online

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.

OT
County Durham
6 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 *

OT
County Durham
6 reviews
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!

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

HT
County Durham
2 reviews
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.

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,

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.

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.

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

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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