Here we will review places of interest, restaurants, cafes or anywhere or situation that Geordies and visitors to the region may want to spend their time and money.

‘Geordielife’ is currently being rebuilt after 20 years of success. ‘Geordielife’ needs to be brought up to modern day standards with formats to comply with todays mobile users and social media sites. Over the coming weeks, all the old favourites will be back to their former glory and hopefully another 20 years of writing about our glorious history, landscapes and heritage.

Although this site is under a major re-build and I was NOT intending to start reviewing just yet, after two experiences last week, I feel I must!

First experience was a very positive and highly enjoyable visit to an establishment in Durham city.

The second was exactly the opposite and was during a visit to Seaham Harbour.

Watch this space!

The Spice Lounge (Indian Cuisine)

Durham City.

Hidden in the Market Place, one has to walk down to the church and in between that and the Town Hall there is a narrow alley (Durham has lots of these), and there you will find this absolute gem of a restaurant.

We were in Durham, staying at Durham Castle and we just wanted something quick and easy with not too far to walk. We really couldn’t decide so we first visited our favourite ‘fountain of education and knowledge’ The Shakespeare Inn!

We like the Shakespeare as it is in no way pretentious and full of ‘characters’ of the ‘old school’. The barman was local and knowledgeable and suggested one or two places to eat and said if we liked Indian food then look no further than the Spice Lounge. With the barman’s direction we found the restaurant easy enough (would NEVER have found it otherwise).

It was a Thursday evening and we expected it to be quiet….. No! It was very busy and even though we hadn’t booked, the waiters found us a table and happily squeezed us in. (Note to self: Book next time).

We weren’t disappointed. My wife loves Lamb and has high standards and she loved the Lamb Sag. All the food was fantastic, our starters were perfectly cooked Onion Bhajis – light and fluffy and monstrous pair they were! My choice of main was my favourite – Lamb Biryani and this is the first time in a long while that I have enjoyed a REAL Biryani, complete with fried egg on top! Impressive! The wine list is fairly short, but a reasonable selection and not overpriced. The service was quick and friendly.

Prices were very, very reasonable.

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0191 383 0927

We wouldn’t’ hesitate to visit again…..and again