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Give your elderly loved ones a taste of the town the next time you’re out for a midday meal with these great lunch spots in Durham

Give your elderly loved ones a taste of the town the next time you’re out for a midday meal with these great lunch spots in Durham.

Loneliness and isolation can be one of the hardest parts of ageing, social interaction is crucial for health and wellbeing, especially to our older loved ones.

To help get you out and about with your elderly relatives, why not take them out for a spot of lunch at one of these choice selections in Durham?


A very pretty olde world tea shop, in the heart of Durham, a perfect place to refresh after shopping, perfect for tea connoisseurs, with pretty bone china cups and 24 varieties of loose tea blends, including Durham Miner’s Brew.

They have a lovely selection of lunches, or if you are later in the day, why not try an afternoon tea instead.

Serving lighter bites of soups, sandwiches, scones, to a more substantial ploughman’s lunch, and we won’t tell if you don’t, they serve a rather nice cold glass of prosecco if tea isn’t your thing.

Bright, airy and spacious, a little gem in the city.

Brambles Coffee Shop

Situated in Poplar Tree Garden Centre in Shincliffe, easy to get to, just out of Durham City and plenty of parking.

Who doesn’t enjoy a browse around a garden centre, and then a stop for a bite of lunch.

This is a firm favourite with many of our clients who enjoy visiting here with their care professional for a morning of companionship.

Bells Fish and Chip Restaurant

Sometimes you can’t get better than a hearty plate of good old-fashioned fish and chips, and Bells in Framwellgate Moor, just behind the Arnison Centre or Market Place in Durham City have an eat in restaurant with plenty to choose from on the menu and good prices.

It’s bright and airy feel, and easy parking (Framwellgate Moor), makes it a great stop off for lunch, with smaller portions available and a wide choice, from the traditional cod and chips, haddock or scampi and chips, with mushy peas of course, to temptations like mango and chilli prawns, lemon sole or sea bass there is no reason not to make this a regular eating ‘plaice’. We couldn’t resist that play on words.

Air-conditioned and licensed, selling beer, cider and wine, with plenty of seating and a Monday to Friday senior citizen’s special.

Cellar Door

For a different location, how about a thirteenth-century cellar conversion with stunning views of the River Wear and Elvet Bridge, found just off Sadler Street in Durham City. On nice days there is outdoor seating too.

With a special lunchtime menu, offering fine food at great prices, choose from 2 or 3 courses, with delights such as smoked beef tart, confit duck leg, rounded off with sticky toffee pudding and earl grey ice cream.

It should be noted that due to the unique and historic location, this isn’t suitable for anyone with mobility issues, because the restaurant is accessed via a narrow staircase

This is a relaxed dining experience in a fabulous setting, with parts of the 13th century stonework still visible.

As they grow older, nothing becomes more essential to your elderly loved ones than companionship. Conversation, sharing memories and creating new ones together ensures health, happiness and soundness of mind more than anything else that you can provide. So make sure you bring your elderly relatives out with you – and treat them to lunch while you’re at it!

Is supported living something that could be ideal for your elderly relatives? Find out more about elderly HOME CARE IN DURHAM