Best Restaurants in Chester-le-Street for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Coming to Chester-le-Street for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019? This lovely little town situated in between Durham and Newcastle is host to three matches over the next two weeks:

28 June: Sri Lanka Vs South Africa
1st July: Sri Lanka vs West Indies
3rd July: England vs New Zealand

And, it’s also my hometown. So, if you’re after some tasty recommendations for the best places for food and drink in Chester-le-Street and the surrounding area, look no further!


    • Refuse Cafe
      I love the ethos of this bustling, friendly cafe. Part of the Real Junk Food Project, Refuse intercept food before it becomes waste and turn it into healthy, accessible meals, served on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis. You don’t know what will be on the menu each day, but that makes it all the more exciting. Come for breakfast, brunch or lunch and see what’s available!


    • Cafe Neena’s
      A family-run cafe that serve a wide variety of freshly prepared food including all-day breakfasts, specials, sandwiches and hot drinks. Perfect for a pit-stop for lunch.


    • Ashley Cottage Tea Room
      One of my favourite cafes in the town centre, it’s a little bit hidden off the main high street, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a small traditional tea room that will take you back to a bygone era serving delicious breakfasts, lunches, and baked goods.


    • Fabio’s
      A recent addition to Chester-le-Street, Fabio’s is known for its fab cocktail menu where you can enjoy two cocktails for £8 before 7pm Monday-Thursday, or two cocktails for £10 at all other times. You can also enjoy classic Italian dishes like pizza and pasta, and the lunchtime menu is an ABSOLUTE STEAL of three courses for £5.95.


    • Viaduct
      Another new-ish addition to the town centre is Viaduct. This interior of this restaurant is gorgeous, and you might want to make a reservation to eat here on an evening as it can get busy. Each evening has a different special offer whether that’s for steak or tapas, and they also sell gin tree cocktails if you want to celebrate in style.


    • Deano’s Trattoria 
      A cheap and cheerful Italian restaurant that has a great atmosphere. They’ve recently launched new lunch and early evening menus, and on the happy hour menu selected pizzas and pastas start from just £3.95! If you want some classic Italian food – come here.


    • Hollathan’s 
      A stylish restaurant and lounge bar for all occasions, come here if you just want to grab some drinks and share some tapas dishes, or want to go all out to celebrate a special event. It always has special offers on from Bubbles Friday where you can get Champagne and Prosecco at a discount, to 2for1 cocktails on the summer menu. The cuisine is a mix of everything, but I’ve always enjoyed whatever I’ve ordered, and there will be something to please everyone if you go with a group.


    • The Distillery
      If gin is your thing, come to The Distillery. This independent gin bar has a huge selection of gins and premium drinks on offer, and from Monday-Thursday gins are 50% off all day. It also sells burgers, pizzas, steaks and other comforting grub in its restaurant – as well as doing a full Sunday lunch on Sundays too.


JUST OUTSIDE (less than 5 minutes drive)

    • The Lambton Worm
      Part of the Sonnet 43 Brewery family, this cosy gastropub with rooms is the place to be for a pint and a bite. Choose to eat in the bar area and tuck into small plates, sandwishes, salads, burgers and soul food, while in the restaurant you can dine a la carte with hearty British cuisine with an elegant finish.


    • Le Raaj
      Authentic Indian cuisine doesn’t come much better than the local’s favourite – Le Raaj. This refined restaurant serves well-executed Indian dishes that are available to eat in the restaurant, or for you to take away. The menu is vast and can cater for vegan and gluten-free diners too.


    • The Church Mouse
      Part of the Vintage Inns group, The Church Mouse is a go-to for anyone staying in the Travelodge next door. The food is decent and reliable, and offers a wide range of choices. Yes, it might not be anything ground-breaking, but its good grub and sometimes that’s all you need.


  • Black Knight Restaurant, Lumley Castle
    If you want to dine somewhere that has all the bells and whistles – come here. This ornate castle hotel has an impressive atmospheric restaurant. You definitely need to make a reservation if you want to dine here. The food is ‘fine dining’ British cuisine, and is perfect for an evening date to remember. If you don’t have time to dine here, you could always pop to The Library Bar for a drink, just to have a nosy inside the castle. It’s one of my favourites.


A LITTLE BIT FURTHER (5 minutes – less than 15 minutes away)

    • Il Cancello (7 mins away)
      Everyone is raving about this Italian restaurant in Beamish. I’ve yet to visit myself, but don’t let that stop you from going. This authentic, traditional serves all the favourite Italian classics, but also has a great range of specials from meat and seafood dishes to indulgent desserts. Definitely one to visit.


    • Penshaw Tea Room (10 mins away)
      My favourite tearoom. This place is always popular, and for good reason. Expect to queue, but the staff are so efficient and organised that they will get you seated as soon as they can. Whether you come for breakfast, brunch or lunch, you will enjoy the amazing range of homecooked food on offer. Be sure to stop by the bakery to get some huge slabs of cakes, fresh scones or loafs of bread to take home. It’s also right next to a famous local sight – Penshaw Monument – which is well worth a visit too.


    • Ramside Hall (10 mins away)
      This luxury hotel has a lot of dining options available, but one of my favourites is Pemberton’s Carvery – an extensive ‘help yourself’ carvery offers a range of dishes – including a roast every day – along with a vast choice of fresh vegetables with a salad bar along with a huge array of homemade desserts. The atmosphere is lively and jovial, great for families.


    • South Causey Inn (11 mins away)
      This luxury independent inn has a rustic restaurant that is well-known in the area for its heart portions of delicious home-cooked food. It’s a very popular dining destination, so I would book a table here ahead of coming. The ever-changing menus serves a range of dishes from fresh seafood, succulent grilled meats, and traditional favourites to dishes from further afield.


  • Finbarr’s Restaurant (11 mins away)
    Just on the outskirts of Durham city centre, this contemporary restaurant serves locally sourced brasserie-style food which has been refined to give it that elegant, well-put-together edge. No wonder it has a mention in the Michelin Guide.

Also, if you’re wanting to explore a little of the North East area, you couldn’t be in a better location, as you’re slap bang in between two amazing cities. Durham is a 13-minute drive south and is full of old city charm with a gorgeous cathedral (where Harry Potter and The Avengers were filmed), and lots of gorgeous restaurants and bars. Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a 17-minute drive north and here you can explore the vibrant quayside and beautiful city centre – and it’s also packed full of restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Both are accessible by train from Chester-le-Street’s train station, or by bus from Chester-le-Street town centre – with the Angel bus (21/X21) frequently going between both destinations.

Enjoy the ICC Cricket World Cup!

5 thoughts on “Best Restaurants in Chester-le-Street for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

  1. Paul corlett says:

    Do you have to pay to have the business advertise as you have missed a few places off! also the moorings bar bistro is just outside of Chester le street (5mins drive) and has some of the best home cooked food I’ve had in a long time in the local area.

    • Rosie says:

      Hello, thanks for your comment! None of the businesses listed here have paid to be included. This is just a list of my personal recommendations of some of my favourite places in the area. Thank you for sharing yours. I’ve yet to be to the Moorings Bar Bistro but it sounds fantastic!

  2. newgirlintoon says:

    I can’t believe this – I have never been to any of these! I clearly need to come to the area more often!

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