Just before Christmas, I headed to Durham to experience the brand new Revolution Bar located at the end of Framwellgate Bridge in the city centre.
Durham is an idyllic city, home to the legendary Romanesque Durham Cathedral and the Norman Durham Castle. I love popping into the city because it is just so picturesque and holds so much history behind its streets.
The new bar-restaurant is the result of a £1m investment on the riverside site of the former Bishop Langley pub. I was really looking forward to seeing the renovation and the views available from not just its heated outdoor terrace but also from the window seats inside which overlook the river and reveal beyond that both the castle and the cathedral. I was fortunate enough to grab a window seat on a busy Thursday evening and even though it was dark, the views were breathtaking!
The interior of the bar is very stylish, following an industrial feel yet has some luxury elements to it. We were welcomed in by the attentive staff who directed us to the main food menu and the drinks menu. I’m very familiar with the Revolution cocktail menu as I often take advantage of their 2 4 1 deals, as well as being a member of their loyalty card scheme. Revolution is one of my go-to places in Sunderland and in Newcastle for a drink or two.
Not so long ago, the chain revamped their never-ending cocktail menu and I’m a sucker for the Gin Genie which is a blend of Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Gin and Aperol shaken with lemon, grenadine, orange and apple juice so obviously I choose that! It was a girls evening, so I invited my Mam along who tried the Fro-Sloe which is a mixture of Beefeater Gin and Plymouth Sloe Gin, strawberry puree, lime, cranberry juice and a spoonful of strawberry jam. Can you tell we love gin?! Currently, in January they’re running a campaign for the loyalty card which is usually £4, but it’s now only £2 and it’s valid for a whole year. It entitles you to great food and drink offers including 2 4 1 cocktails!
Now onto the food! The menu has a variety of dishes, from tapas grazers to traditional pub grub. We decided to get a grazer each as a starter, I went for the King Prawns in garlic butter (£6.25) and my Mam went for the Nachos (£5.00). They do have an offer to get three grazers on for £13.50 too. My prawns were absolutely gorgeous. Served in a traditional Spanish tapas dish, they were saturated in the rich garlic and served with a piece of bread. The nachos were divine too, I had a few, y’know to help my Mam out and they we slighted dusted in cajun-dusted and smothered with nacho cheese, smoky tomato salsa, smashed avocado, sour cream and jalapeños.
For mains, I went for good old Fish & Chips (£11.00) and my Mam went for the Chicken Parmesan (£10.50). When my dish arrived I was delighted to see proper fish and chips, a good size beer-battered cod fillet served with fat chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce. It was cooked to perfection, not as greasy as a chip shop version but absolutely delicious. Revolution donates 50p to Shelter for every Fish & Chips sold, how lovely. We were intrigued to discover Revolutions version of the North East most iconic foodie dish of recent, the chicken parmo and we weren’t disappointed. A chicken parmo is basically crispily fried chicken breast with parmesan, smoky tomato and manchego cheese. Revolution pair up the dish with zesty gremolata, courgette salad and skin-on fries. I was instantly jealous when my Mams dish arrived, just look at it! The parmesan on the fried chicken is heavenly and so tasty, especially with the fries. 10/10!
Feeling entirely stuffed, but remembering it was Christmas after all, we squeezed a dessert in. I went for the Cookie Dough S’more (£4.25) and my Mam went for the Cheesecake (£4.25). Thinking about the Cookie Dough right now is making my mouth water, it was half-baked, warm chocolate chip cookie dough with gooey melted Nutella and toasted mini marshmallows served with salted caramel chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. If it was a desert this is what I would be, totally amazing. The cheesecake was equally as good, it was a luscious light and fluffy vanilla
cheesecake, baked NYC style served with chantilly cream.
We were both so impressed by the quality of the food, the selection of drinks and the fantastic service by the staff who are a credit to the company. Price wise, for Durham it’s very reasonable and worth every penny. If you’re out and about in the city, make sure you check it!
*Thank you to the team for inviting me down to Revolution. This meal was complimentary but all thoughts and opinions are my own.