Darlington and Stockton Times: Barker & Stonehouse

Weekend Times

Kitchen masterclass for a self-confessed lazy cook

Darlington and Stockton Times: COOKS: Chef Rob Taylor and Sue Brown. STAN SEATON PHOTOGRAPHY

10:04am Friday 27th March 2015

The art of cooking a restaurant-worthy plate of food is one many cooks aspire to. Ashley Barnard was offered the chance to create a three-course dinner under the tuition of one-time Masterchef contestant Rob Taylor

Countryman's Diary

Well, well – who was the real St Alkelda?

Darlington and Stockton Times: RARE NAME: St Mary and St Alkelda's Church, Middleham – Picture: Andy Lamb

10:04am Friday 27th March 2015

TOMORROW, March 28, is the feast day of St Alkelda, but it is believed there are only two churches in England named in her honour - both in the Yorkshire Dales. But, technically, there is no St Alkelda.

Eating Out

Eastern Bamboo, Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: EATING OUT: The Eastern Bamboo chinese restaurant on Northgate, Darlington. Picture: TOM BANKS (20923281)

10:05am Friday 27th March 2015

Our Eating Out reviewer takes a rare trip to a Chinese restaurant and this one is something of a Darlington institution

Top Ten Restaurants

THE EATING OUT CHART: Three-way tie at the top

Darlington and Stockton Times: Eating Out: The Morritt

5:07pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

UPDATED: March 27, 2015 Each week Darlington & Stockton Times reviewers visit restaurants around our region, give their opinion and a mark out of 40. This is our top ten of the past 12 months

A Dales Life

'I didn't even know you could buy wine that cost more than a fiver'

10:31am Friday 27th March 2015

Joe Willis pops to the shops and has two very different customer service experiences in this week's sideways look at Dales Life

Looking Back

Saltburn, 1993

Darlington and Stockton Times: First birthday of Saltburn Smugglers Centre

10:50am Friday 27th March 2015

A birthday celebration, but for who? Or what?


Skampa's return heads instrumental line-up at Swaledale Festival

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:45am Friday 27th March 2015

The Skampa Quartet returns to head the line-up at the Swaledale Festival after two performances in 2011 that packed the venue to the rafters.

What's On This Weekend

Saturday March 21/Sunday March 22, 2015

Darlington and Stockton Times: Russian pianist Alexander Panfilov

10:02am Monday 16th March 2015

A great singer, classical piano, birdwatching and dinosaurs. What's not to like?

• Find more events on our What's On website

In The Garden

An Easter parade of inspiring gardens

Darlington and Stockton Times: GREEN ENCLAVES: 61 Fountainhall Road, Edinburgh and, below, The Walled Garden, Powys

10:04am Friday 27th March 2015

Hannah Stephenson leafs through a guide to wonderful gardens open to visitors as part of the National Gardens Scheme


American visitor is star of the show at Nosterfield

Darlington and Stockton Times: An American Wigeon at Nosterfield

10:02am Friday 13th March 2015

THERE is little doubt about February’s bird of the month – a superb drake American wigeon at Nosterfield spotted among the wintering flock of European Wigeon at the reserve.

Travel Reviews

Best of both worlds on a Blackpool break

Darlington and Stockton Times: QUENCH YOUR THIRST: The bar

10:22am Friday 20th March 2015

FANCY a trip later this year to see the Blackpool illuminations, but prefer to stay outside of the resort? Matt Westcott and his family found the perfect answer.


Chocolate dacquoise cake

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chocolate dacquoise cake

10:03am Friday 20th March 2015

Chocolate Dacquoise Cake


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