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Angel Inn, Durham

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Reasonable drink. A rock bar which is a bit of a dive. Ciders are Strongbow and Old Rosie (from the box).

There are many worse in Durham.
OldhamSheridan - 22 Aug 2010 17:29
Best beer garden in Durham with good views over to viaduct. Good and dynamic range of beers, excellent jukebox though the live music is on the loud side!
Robdurbar - 13 Jul 2010 16:41
Visited back in May with friends & found this little gem of a pub thanks to this website. The four of us spent the best part of friday afternoon in there & had a wonderful time. Good priced beer & friendly staff (even to us Yorkshire folk)
Yes its a rock pub & yes its got a bit of graffiti in the beer garden, but this makes the place & gives it charicter, There is no other pub in Durham like the angel so if you dont tr it yo'l miss out.
Biglad13 - 10 Sep 2009 15:30
Dark, mildly-goth, bit of a rock pub - if you're from London, think village-y Intrepid Fox.
A bit of a live music/rock music pub, with Setanta Sports!

If you're a portly, middle-aged, single, long-haired, and wear a black t-shirt with a metal band on it and denim jeans and jacket, then get yourself in there, you'll love it ! Or if you're a lady looking for such a eligible fellow, get yourself to this pub now, and take one (or maybe more!) home for the night!

If it's live music with a mild harmess edge, and no-grannies, go there.

(p.s. if you'r not looking for any of the above, please avoid - go across the street to Ye Ole Elm Tree - also Crossgate)
TW1 - 30 Oct 2008 20:49
The Angel's recently had a lick of paint and the toilets have now got a suit of armour. But it's still the same old Angel. It's now got 3 plasma tellys and you can get a tasty toasty too. One thing I did notice yesterday though was that you now only get 4 songs for your quid on the jukebox!! Robbing bastards(!)
New pool table and it's got its music licence back on a thursday night too!!
Still my favourite pub in the whole wide world though!
User4 - 15 Feb 2008 19:06
one of the best pubs in the city been coming here for years cant beat it .....
davyt1892 - 19 Mar 2007 17:07
I first visited the Angel when I was 15, and was delighted to find on my last visit before Christmas that this pub had not changed in any way! Still got the best jukebox in Durham and one of the very few beer gardens in the City Centre. Not a session pub, but good for a cheeky drop of scotch before heading to the Colpitts.
fairport79 - 14 Feb 2007 22:01
What a legendary landlord, great prices in the afternoon,friendly regulars, toilets are so clean,well maybe not the gents,cant have everything,Beer Garden in the summer, you cant beat the views. Pool table and jukebox what a winner of a pub
robsandra - 10 Jan 2007 12:35
A great little pub of its type with the best juke box in Durham. Very reasonable both for drinks and music. O.K. it is a bit different and it has no real ale (Paul, I know you’ve explained why) but it has a good choice of drinks and it is really friendly despite the scary appearance of some of the regulars. I've been in, in my suit, loads of times and had no trouble at all. It is well worth a visit even if just to sample the uniqueness of the place.
rds10 - 28 Dec 2006 23:16
Being the owners' daughter and having lived there for the past 19 years I have a unique perspective and think it's great (though perhaps I'm a bit biased!). Thanks to everyone for the positive comments.
kayls_angel - 21 Oct 2006 00:04
Teehee, I don't dispute friendly, although I haven't been in enough times to really know, or indeed reasonably priced, but clean?! That's just plain false!
woodyptom - 19 Oct 2006 13:10
Friendly, clean, reasonably priced for the area. What more could you ask for?
anonymous - 1 Oct 2006 21:36
Completely biased as I was regular there for my 6 month stay in Durham and I found it wonderful. The beer garden outback is one of the best kept secrets in Durham and, as another reviewer noted, offers something very unique for Durham. Truly great for the football well (it's more of a 'Boro than Newcastle pub in that respect, though both teams pull fierce support) and, at least when I frequented it, the staff and patrons were largely amicable (tell me one pub that doesn't play host to a few tossers). Has a bit of reputation that's mostly undeserved, very reasonable prices, and is basically in my top 3 or 4 pubs of all-time. You really have to go to decide if it's your thing though....If it is, then you'll find it nearly impossible to beat.
jlairdo - 25 Sep 2006 12:11
I visited the Angel recently, and a few of my friends have vowed never to return, due to all the hordes of goth people, graffiti and the fact that it's pretty dingy inside.

I felt a bit differently though. Durham has no other pubs like the Angel, and while it might not be everyone's cup of tea, it certainly has character, and if you're into rock 'n' roll (the music was hardly death-metal when I was there), and don't mind the darker, dingier places, then you'll have a pleasant experience. They had Theakston's on tap, and it was quite reasonably priced.
woodyptom - 23 Jun 2006 13:14
Can only agree with comments below, never been one of my regular haunts. A bit rocky & a bit rough by reputation, the clientel are certainly alternative / goth. However, despite loud music and bare interior, it isn't too bad during the day, and nice outside area.
alistair_cross - 22 Jan 2006 18:46
Not a bad pub really, just some of the regulars are terrifying and will do there best to let you know. The could maybe do with a bit more seating too...
markre - 2 Nov 2005 22:36
Definitely a rock pub,but a nice surprise when you do find it.
Judith Cumming - 13 Nov 2004 14:31

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