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Shakespeare Tavern

Closed Now: 11:00 - 23:00
Open today: 11:00 - 23:00
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Nice pub for a quick meal

This was a nice find on our walk from our hotel to the Cathedral. We wanted a quick bite (and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Diego, CA
Great little old pub

This old pub in a 12th century building has a small bar - with additional seating in the rear. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Bedford, United Kingdom
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“nice pub”(5 reviews)
“pub lunch”(2 reviews)
Famous for being Durham’s most haunted pub, The Shakespeare is set in a 12th century building with a Bar on the ground floor & Y'Bard Spirits Bar on the second floor. Recently refurbished, the interior comprises a small bar and a larger back lounge...more
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63 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU, England
+44 191 384 3261
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice find on our walk from our hotel to the Cathedral. We wanted a quick bite (and a pint for my husband), and this place worked out perfectly. Simple, tasty, quick food.

Thank dustchick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

More of a place to have a quiet beer and enjoy the atmosphere, rather than for eating--does have sandwiches and snacks.

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This old pub in a 12th century building has a small bar - with additional seating in the rear. The beer was well kept & reasonably priced, the staff friendly & a good atmosphere. The only disappointment was the we didn't see any ghosts -...More

Thank ro_pdf
Reviewed 13 September 2018

This is the best pub in Durham. It is the best kept secret for those who like a real pub with good beer and staff who know what they are doing. No juke box, fruit machine or drivelling foold

Thank snowmanwinter
Reviewed 12 September 2018

This is a good ish pub. The location is superb enroute to the cathedral. The place is clean and well presented. It plays to the tourist trade, complete with sign outside claiming to be haunted, which is always a good way to drum up business....More

Thank alistairrobinson1977
Reviewed 2 September 2018

My wife and I dropped in for a pub lunch recently while visiting Durham and we were both really impressed. Apparently this pub dates back to 1109 and I have been told that it’s a most haunted pub. It’s a cracking little place and looks...More

Thank Sid S
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Popped into the Shakespeare for a pint or two, nice friendly bar staff, was a little taken aback when charged 10.00 for two Morretti, I know this is an expensive bottle, but never been charged 5.00 each before, needless to say only one pint each...More

Thank marinamuskett
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Brilliant bar, pretty traditional with an eclectic mix of punters, good beer and decent staff so all good what more can you say! Oh yes, it’s mutt friendly, never seen a pub that can’t be improved by a mob of friendly hounds in it. Cracking...More

Thank mickeastlake
Reviewed 24 July 2018

The last of a dying breed... a good old fashioned ale house! With at least 4 real ales on at any time, a good selection spirits and wines and food served during the week this place is the real deal. Set in the heart of...More

Thank Jonny M
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Just what a pub should be Front bar with cherry barman Benches, stools and a comfortable couple of chairs. Tardis like snugs through the back.

Thank Alastair G
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