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The Keys Darlington

82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX, England
+44 1325 394222
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good16%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (35 reviews)
“cheese scone” (13 reviews)
“beef” (13 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 21:00 Hours
CUISINES
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
RR - RRR
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LOCATION
82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a lovely meal here today. 2 for 1 menu - starter and main with drinks for 30 quid. Food was excellent service was friendly and responsive. Well recommended.

Thank Garrie8516
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely and friendly place great atmosphere too. All the staff are very friendly and helpful too. The afternoon tea is great

Thank Kirsty W
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Kirsty W, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review. We are thrilled that you thoroughly enjoy our venue and we hope to invite you back soon! Events Supervisor

Reviewed 2 days ago

My daughter and I visit here a lot,the breakfasts are amazing sommuch on the plate and not dear at all,infact younger so much for your money.they make a great coffee as well it's a must to drink.ive recommend to many of my friends as well...More

Thank allison191258
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi allison191258, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review. I've passed your feedback to our staff who are thrilled that you and your daughter enjoy our venue and we hope to welcome you both again...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Have been here twice in the past month for Sunday lunch and on both occasions the meals were excellent. The pork was lovely with crispy crackling and stuffing. The beef was lovely and pink, very tender and delicious. Both came with roasties (inc. parsnip), Yorkshire...More

Thank KonradPoos
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi KonradPoos, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this excellent review. I've passed all of your compliments to our team (especially the kitchen) who are thrilled you and your guests have thoroughly enjoyed your visits and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my wife go to this venue a lot and you would find it hard to beat the quality of food and value for money. 3 courses special for £12.95 and everytime we can't believe how amazing the food is ....you would happily pay...More

Thank terrywilson300tw
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi terrywilson300tw, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review. I've passed your compliments over to the team who are delighted that you and your wife enjoy our venue so much. We hope to welcome...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple of nights we could've eaten somewhere Italian which we haven't been to for a few years, or here. The keys has always been nice but the food we had the other night was terrible. The beef cheeks from our previous visit could've been...More

1  Thank bertybot
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Good morning bertybot, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I have sent you a private message to further investigate. I look forward to your response. Events Supervisor

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is great for bringing your kids, they’ve got a lovely kids menu with plenty of options with fun activities on the back, they can get a drink, main and a pudding for £6.95! Staff really helpful and great with the kids.More

1  Thank 648 693
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi 648693, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. I've passed your compliments to our team who are thrilled that you and your children thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. We hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 15 August 2018

Passing off fried brockwrst (hotdog sausage) as bratwurst - not as described or anything like the picture posted and definitely not bratwurstMore

1  Thank ljones368835
Daniel C, Manager at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Ljones368835, Thank You for your review, we are aware the of your complaint from the evening your dined with us, the waitress did explain that we didn't have any Bratwurst in but we did have alternative. Your complaint was also taken note of about...More

Reviewed 11 August 2018

Went for tea with colleagues, the food we ordered, parmo's, steak n ale suet pudding and pizza came quite quickly and all were well presented. All the food was tasty, I particularly thought the salad and dressing were lovely and really made my meal enjoyable....More

Thank Lynda W
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Hi Lynda W, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. I have passed your feedback over to our staff who are thrilled that you and your colleagues thoroughly enjoyed your visit and we hope to...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Totally love the afternoon tea it was value for money and so delicious! The ambiance was lovely. Highly recommended 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼More

Thank Herschel P
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Hi Herschel P, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this excellent review. I've passed your compliments to our team who are thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to welcome you again...More

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bunnylady69
3 July 2018|
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Response from Eve B | Property representative |
The Keys can accommodate all dietary requirements. Give the restaurant a ring for more information!
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tLESLIE
24 May 2018|
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Response from Eve B | Property representative |
Hi tLESLIE, yes I can confirm that our lasagna is homemade and it is served in a cast iron dish!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
09:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 21:00
Thursday
09:00 - 21:00
Friday
09:00 - 21:00
Saturday
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Durham  >  Darlington
  • Phone Number: +44 1325 394222
  • E-mail
Description
The former Mechanics Institute Darlington, built in 1854 is now home to The Keys Restaurant & Institute Nightclub. After an extensive refurbishment to the Grade II listed building - The Keys opened its doors in November 2014. The large restaurant area is perfect for dining, group dining and hire for any occasion. At The Keys Darlington, you'll find a range of seasonal menus available, with freshly delivered & prepared ingredients - you'll be sure to find a dish to suit your taste! Here at The Keys Darlington, we also believe that the drinks selection is just as important as the food. Located above The Keys Restaurant Darlington - Institute Nightclub is an ultra modern & stylish nightclub. The Institute holds 2 rooms; our main nightclub room & Room 2. Both rooms are fully air conditioned with the latest technology such as state sound & lighting system! The Institute plays host to a wide range of nightclub events such as; Retro, Illusion, APEL, our famous Ladies Nights & more!
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