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3:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014
ANOTHER week, another Indian restaurant opens in Darlington. Such are the comings and goings of this particular ethnic cuisine, a new opening hardly counts for anything these days. So what if yet another Bangladeshi curry house is making a pitch for the five-pints-of-Cobra-and-avindaloo market?
2:21pm Friday 11th April 2014
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3:52pm Friday 14th March 2014
IT says much of what the uninitiated would need to know about Bistro 21 that when we told friends of our plans for a cold, wet Wednesday in mid-February, a quiet, unspoken envy would cloud their eyes.
11:18am Friday 7th March 2014
IT’S hard to think of a road – particularly one as prosaic as the A19 – as a conduit for anything special. It is just a functional connector, the A1’s poor relation, between Doncaster and Seaton Burn in Northumberland and who wants to go to either of those places?
3:01pm Friday 28th February 2014
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2:23pm Friday 29th November 2013
IT’S confession time again. Following my admission two weeks ago of the great Frenchgate Hotel flooring gaff, I feel the need to don the hair shirt again and tell you of a further editor’s misdemeanour.
12:01pm Friday 15th November 2013
1:10pm Friday 8th November 2013
WE meandered into this modern, brightly lit chain-pub, spied laughing post-work drinkers, noted the relaxed-if-slightly loud atmosphere and thought we knew what we were in for: standard, warmed-up pub grub.
11:59am Friday 1st November 2013
WHEN Stephen Hardy, head chef at The Gourmet Spot – widely recognised as one of the region’s finest eating destinations – learned I had visited for the purposes of these pages, he admitted to “a little bit of nervousness”.
3:43pm Friday 25th October 2013
IDON’T know where last week went. A butchers’ dinner, a mayor’s ball, Sunday lunch (on Saturday) at Countryside Live in Harrogate and a wife with a chest infection which kept her confined to barracks and barking like a dog.
3:58pm Friday 18th October 2013
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2:45pm Friday 27th September 2013
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3:01pm Friday 13th September 2013
WE all love the Bowes Museum, don’t we? It’s just such a daft, crazy place. No matter how many times I visit, I’m always struck at the apparent absurdity of building such a massive pile in such a place, an exotic French chateaustyle lump of architectural frippery in the heart of the dour North Pennines.
2:42pm Friday 6th September 2013
3:10pm Friday 30th August 2013
YOU join me this week on an intrepid journey out East. Alright, so it’s not actually intrepid at all, and not even that far out of D&S Times readers’ comfort zones – I’m pretty sure you’ll find a copy in the newsagents out this way – but it’s a part of the patch I’m only really familiar with through childhood holidays and more recent twowheeled forays.
2:27pm Friday 23rd August 2013
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3:18pm Friday 14th June 2013
I CAN say, with some confidence, I had high tea with the most beautiful girl in the world this week. Admittedly my sevenyear- old daughter, Erin, had made a serious effort at dressing up. She had her sparkly shoes on and everything.
4:48pm Friday 31st May 2013
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3:01pm Monday 20th May 2013
3:00pm Monday 13th May 2013
AN old-style English pub serving up good, old English, hearty grub at an affordable price. Very little could be finer and it is one of the things the atmospheric Hamilton Russell Arms, in Thorpe Thewles, near Stockton does. But it doesn’t stop there.
4:14pm Tuesday 7th May 2013
FOR years, the Croft Spa Hotel, south of Darlington on the A167, traded on past glories. Like the Scotch Corner Hotel, it had once been a landmark hostelry – the place for your wedding or christening do, a family anniversary or the Rotary/ NFU/Round Table dinner or YFC dance. While never quite posh, it was a place of renown, of solid reputation.
2:30pm Friday 26th April 2013
OUR visit to this South Indian success story presented a trip down memory lane.I was 19 again and in Tamil Nadu – India’s most southerly state. An earnest gap year student,I found myself teaching for a while in an orphanage where the meagre diet featured rice – morning, noon and night – and very little else.
3:48pm Friday 19th April 2013