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The Head of Steam, Durham Central, Durham

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3 Reform Place
Durham
DH1 4RZ
Phone: 01913832173
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Aqualung . left this review about The Head of Steam

This has been well described below and is set down an alleyway off North Road past the bus station and JDW coming from the roundabout at the bottom of the station area.
It's modern inside and consists of a wide room with steps leading to an upstairs area.
There are five hand pumps which had Camerons A-Hop-Alypse Now & Cola Bottle Stout, a beer from Two By Two, Sonnet 43 The Right Brew #41 and Leeds Midnight Bell. I went for the Midnight Bell and the Right Brew which was cloudy orange wheat murk but tasted quite nice.
I quite liked this place, it is GBG 2018 listed.

On 3rd December 2017 - rating: 8
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custodian 42 left this review about The Head of Steam

Set back off North Road. This is a fine pub with decent ale on tap and lots of choice on keg. Definitely worth a revisit.

On 5th January 2017 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Head of Steam

Set in a secluded courtyard not too far from the train station or castle, this is a fine beer exhibition pub from the reliable Head of Steam chain. The courtyard looked like a nice spot for some al fresco drinking on a hot summer's day, as did the pleasant balcony running around three sides of the yard. Various entry points lead you into a single room bar in a wide but shallow space with the servery on the rear wall. A rather simple bar counter contrasts with a busy canopy which is lined with various old beer bottles, large clumps of hops and seemed to also house some of the keg taps, which looked very unusual. The room has been furnished with plush leather banquettes and sturdy tables and chairs which meant that no matter where we ended up sitting, we were guaranteed comfort. The pub's beer credentials are not in doubt from the moment you walk through the door, as the whole place has been liberally decorated with a vast amount of breweriana, most notably a large number of brewery signs, be they enamel, glass, neon or otherwise. Further hunting will uncover Belgian beer flags, branded beer trays nailed to the ceiling and a large collection of oversized Chimay, Westermalle et al. beer bottles on the backs on the banquettes. There is apparently a second room upstairs, which probably explains how you gain access to the balconies, but I failed to make it up there. TV screens remained off throughout our visit with quiet background music filling in the lulls in conversation.
The bar supports five handpulls which were offering Cameron's Aphopolypse Now and Thunder in Paradise, a beer from Durham Brewery, Sonnet 43 Raven and one more which I failed to note. Real ciders were plentiful in supply and there was a huge keg range covering a lot of US and Belgian classics. Menus detailed a long bottled list as well, so you really are spoilt for choice and I was pleased to find that my pint of the Durham was in fine shape. The barmaid was also very pleasant and we both watched in amazement as an old dear walked up to the bar, ordered a double vodka, sank it in one and walked straight back out again.
I really liked this place and thought it was a great example of how the traditional alehouse can be presented in a more contemporary fashion without alienating potential customers. Beer quality, range of choice and bar service all ranked highly and the large Saturday afternoon crown inside and out in the courtyard suggests that the locals value this place too. This was my introduction to Durham's pub scene and it has certainly set the bar very high.

On 18th September 2016 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Aqualung .
Durham, 0.47 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Chester-le-Street, 6.32 miles, 2 hr 2 min walk (show)
Bishop Auckland, 11.39 miles, 3 hr 39 min walk (show)
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Accommodation : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 02 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 18 September 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 December 2017 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 10 July 2015 by Quinno _
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 11pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - Midnight
Saturday11am - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: January 17th 2018
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