Review on Restaurant DH1 at Farnley Tower Hotel
Located discreetly on the ground floor of the Farnley Tower Hotel - a grandiose Victorian Gothic building a short drive from Durham city centre, Restaurant DH1, formerly the Gourmet Spot was taken over by husband and wife team, Stephen and Helen Harding in 2014. Stephen was the head chef of the original restaurant and Helen was the restaurant manger, so both seized the opportunity of running their own venture when it arose. The small modern dining room has a contemporary décor dominated by a spherical glass chandelier. High-backed chairs are set against tables laid with crisp white linen and contrasting purple runner.
Poached wood pigeon, celeriac, red cabbage and bitter chocolate might open the show or choose something from the sea such as sea bream with young leeks, mussels and seaweed butter. Main courses take in Red deer rump, cauliflower puree, salt baked beetroots, Harrogate Blue and venison jus or torched mackerel, cucumber variations, lemon and horseradish. To conclude there's mango cheesecake, coconut mousse paired with kaffir lime ice cream or ginger bread parfait, rhubarb variations and pistachio.
There's a concise wine list to complement the dishes and service provided by Helen and her team injects warmth into the experience.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card