Dining out in Durham – tapas and tasty treats

Dining out in Durham – tapas and tasty treats

28th November 2018 6 By Rachael Stray

As part of my 30th birthday celebrations the girls and I decided to dine out in Durham for a change.

Having spent a long weekend in Edinburgh enjoying lots of gorgeous food I knew I’d be in the mood for something a little lighter.

Avid readers will already know that I’m a big fan of tapas so that’s what I fancied.

I booked Tapas Factory via their Facebook page after a quick chat with the girls before I went away.

Durham is only half an hour from where I live and I must admit we don’t venture there enough!

Tapas Factory is quite small but the menu has something for everyone.

We decided to just share dishes which is what tapas is all about really.

To kick off the meal we shared Pan De Ajo – freshly baked bread, toasted with fresh garlic & extra virgin olive oil (£3.25).

After a short wait the rest of our dishes arrived and we couldn’t wait to dive in.

We went large and added cheese to the Patatas Bravas, deepfried potatoes topped with homemade brava sauce and roasted garlic mayonnaise. (£4.95)

On Catherine’s recommendation we plumped for Pimientos Al Padron – Padron peppers salted in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt (£4.45).

They were really tasty.

The Albondigas – beef meatballs, in a rich, slow-cooked tomato sauce were very tender and packed full of flavour (£4.95).

As if we hadn’t had enough garlic we also enjoyed Chorizo Frit – fresh ‘Dulce’ chorizo sausage from Leon, sauteéd with roasted garlic and oil (£4.85).

The final dish Paella De Carne – Paella rice cooked with chicken, chorizo, mixed peppers and peas was really lovely (£5.25).

Unfortunately the weather was wet, windy and cold so we didn’t want to venture too far but we weren’t quite ready to say goodbye yet.

Just next door to Tapas Factory is a lovely coffee house and tea rooms Chapters of Durham.

We were warmly welcomed and instructed to find a table and then make our order at the till.

I went for an orange hot chocolate with cream and a chocolate brownie.

The hot chocolate was really tasty and the brownie was gooey, sweet and delicious. It was £6.00 for both.

I would definitely return to both Tapas Factory and Chapters in the future.

The food we had was delicious and good value for money too.

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How I celebrated my 30th birthday

Steve and I enjoyed a long weekend in Edinburgh on my actual birthday

The girls and I enjoyed Afternoon Tea at South Causey Inn

We also enjoyed the pamper party package at South Causey Inn

Where is Tapas Factory?

Tapas Factory

14 Elvet Bridge


County Durham


Telephone: 0191 384 5578

Where is Chapters of Durham?

17 Elvet Bridge,




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