Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Durham

4
305 reviews
£25 and under
British

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At the heart of a characterful conservation area, Bill’s Durham restaurant is in a lovely Grade II listed building. Split level, with a private dining space seating up to 40 guests and a decking area overlooking the river, this is a particularly unique venue. Bill’s Durham restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between.
What 305 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.8
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Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatieS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a catch up over lunch, thoroughly enjoyed the food and great friendly service

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Claire
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was great, had a lovely anniversary meal, would Definatley go back 🙂

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JennyB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We went in at 11am for brunch. The staff were a bit overwhelmed.

We were seated really quickly and our order was taken promptly but the drinks took forever to come.

My husband ordered the traditional breakfast and it wasn’t great. Half of it was cold and the eggs didn’t really resemble fried eggs…they looked like rubber. I’m surprised the plate of food was okayed to leave the kitchen. We were in a hurry though and couldn’t face waiting for more food to be cooked.

Had to ask for the bill quite a few times.

It wasn’t terrible by any means but was just pretty mediocre, which is a shame as I normally love a Bill’s brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Party of 3, 10:45 table. Ordered drinks and took 30 mins to get x1 flat white, 15 mins later x2 drinks came; staff couldn’t explain so obviously forgotten about. Food was dry, black pudding was poor. Would go back but service and attentiveness needs to improve.

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Ladyk8888
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Sadly not a great visit this time as food temperature wasn’t great and some items over cooked, area where we were sat was dusty and after an initial great welcome, the service was intermittent and towards the end felt overlooked

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AndrewE
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice food and a good kids menu too. Definitely a quirky place decor-wise which was nice. Service was good and the waiters/waitresses were friendly. Desserts were a little overpriced though

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JackieW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food and waitress was pleasant and helpful..enjoyable experience

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JaneD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful

KB
KatyB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, friendly staff, good hygiene. Have and will eat here again.

DJ
DouglasJ
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Just the service was a bit slow - it was full & staff were worked off their feet, so could not give their usual great service

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Gareth
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal at Bill’s. We enjoyed the Halloumi to start followed by the burger. The waiting staff were very attentive. The food was excellent and the atmosphere relaxed. If I had one complaint it would be the discretionary service charge added to the bill.

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CCCBECB
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Extremely slow service, spent two hours there to have a main and a pudding, everything was slow to arrive. Food was fine but disappointed to have to spend half of our afternoon in Bills (when half of that time was spent waiting for food and drinks). Understand the challenges with covid and staffing but it wasn't busy, we were there at lunchtime (1pm) so staffing should have been sufficient. Disappointing.

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SarahH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We met up with friends and were outside it was the perfect place. Great food and great staff!!

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant service. Very friendly and efficient staff. Great food. Very reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend

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FloraT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely breakfast experience at Bills in Durham. The staff were attentive and friendly from the off. The food was lovely and big portions too. I loved the quirky decor and the menu has lots of choice. Defo recommend Bills for breakfast!

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Johnl
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, great food and relaxed dining. Drinks menu isn't great and on our night they had no cider. Apart from that Minor hiccup, would we go again. Damn tootting..

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HollyB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant for brunch. Very friendly staff and reasonably priced

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DennisR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb evening with family and friends.
Food was excellant. Good choices available on the menu and great value.
Probably best aspect was the staff who were very friendly
Would certainly recommend this superb restaurant.

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AntoinetteS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good experience , highly recommended

MB
MarkB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at bills, and won't be the last food was great, staff all polite and chilled altogether a very nice experience,

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OpenTable Diner
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gluten free selections. Normal food was fabulous also.

OT
OpenTable Diner
County Durham
7 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice lunch food lovely staff friendly & helpful . Will definitely go again.

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GeorgiaL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and we really enjoyed the food.

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PaulB
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice food lovely settings and staff would recommend

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AndrewT
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, friendly and helpful staff with great atmosphere, will definitely be back.

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HollyC
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite place for breakfast, always delicious food and friendly staff.

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EmmaP
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food!! Lovely decor and good service. Only negative was that we were sat quite close to the bar/coffee machine so was very noisy as the barman was making drinks.

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AnneB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, really friendly and helpful staff..thank you for a lovely time!

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We usually visit bills quite frequently however our latest visit the food standards seem to have dropped, the eggs were watery and the presentation wasn’t too standard as it usually was, the service was still lovely and upon explaining our pancakes were not as they normally are the guy changed them instantly with no questions asked

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Monkton3
Bedfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow have only been to Bill’s in Cambridge but tried this one in Durham absolutely superb.. Soup, Chicken and Mushroom sauce excellent and very tasty. Highly recommend this restaurant. Staff very friendly and efficient.

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SimonWilson
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food ok, service very good but very welcoming to dogs

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vipPJBarker
County Durham
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was nice and the staff were too. Good food and service.

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SophieT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely dinner at bills and really lovely staff.

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JamesH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were excellent, food was delicious and well priced

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been to Bill’s before so wasn’t sure what to expect and was absolutely blown away. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food was gorgeous, the best pancakes I’ve ever had! Definitely will come back again.

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kathrynF
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choices . Great quality ingredients.Big wine list

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KenC
China
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have dined at Bill’s several times. It never disappoints.

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tenchu2uk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Garden plate breakfast. All cooked perfectly and very tasty.

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BarbaraR
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Asked for a bottle of Shiraz
Had no idea it was £35!!!! Far too expensive
Had the sirloin steak special
- terrible steak
Been to Bills lots of times but won’t be going back

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MarieH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Bill's, the food is amazing, cannot fault anything. Service was excellent, we were never left waiting for drinks. I was surprised when the bill arrived, less than £80 and that was 2 staters, 2 mains and 2 bottles of wine. I certainly will be returning.

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Durham is rated 4 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.