Hidden Gems

outdoor market

Here’s what you’re saying about Durham’s Hidden Gems…


50 North Rd, Durham, County Durham DH1 4SF

“Always a great service – sales and repair!”


Scarlet Ribbons

3 Neville St, Durham, County Durham DH1 4EY

“Beautiful clothes, very helpful staff, and all unique and no big names in sight”


Ye Old Elm Tree

12 Crossgate, Durham, County Durham DH1 4PS

“Fab local food and beer, friendly staff if a bit nuts. mmm”


Have you discovered your own ‘Hidden Gem’ in Durham City?


We’d love to hear which Independent Business in Durham has really impressed you and why (the why bit is really important – make sure you tell us why you keep going back).

We’d love to hear who you really rate – and then we’d like to tell everyone else about them too.








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Thank you!



New York Times – 6 June 2014

Having arrived with little optimism, New York Times writer Jane Smiley discovered lots that she loved in Durham.  She highlights lunching at Vennels Cafe.

“What might get you off the East Coast train before Edinburgh is the lost-in-time peacefulness of the broad landscape and the picturesque homeliness of Durham itself.”