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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)
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CUISINES
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yet again had a lovely Family Meal. Staff especially Daniel are always friendly, Chatty and nothing is to much to make you feel welcome. Lovely Food as always. Thanks Guys keep it up, see you soon xxMore

Thank poppy081
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi poppy081, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. I've passed your feedback to the team who are thrilled that you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your visit and we hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Modern place with a great menu when it comes to food and a generous one when it comes to cocktails. The club is always having themed nights with a great atmosphere and entertainment. Great offers on drinks as well . I recommendMore

Thank Bianca H
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bianca H, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review. I have passed your feedback to our team who are delighted that you enjoy our venue so much and we hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Used to be a favourite of mine until ignorant horrible doorman was incredibly rude. Not stepped inside there since and certainly cannot recommend to decent people.More

Thank wendykitty2008
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi wendykitty2008, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We have passed your comments over to our Bar and Nightclub Manager and this has been addressed with the door staff. We hope that this does...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here four times in the past two weeks. Breakfast twice and then coffee meet catch ups. So friendly, relaxed, clean, good value for money. Breakfast so much choice and make your own choices for cooked option. Wether it's breakfast,lunch, evening, afternoon teas or coffee...More

Thank boydy73
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi boydy73, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this excellent review. I have passed your feedback to our team who are delighted that you enjoy our venue so much and we hope to welcome you again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was a bit slow and details of our order were missed (e.g. mushroom served when I asked not for one, we weren’t asked how we’d like our eggs cooked) but the food was good and reasonably priced. Really good vegetarian option.More

Thank AngelaLama
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi AngelaLama, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review. I have passed all your feedback over to our management team who are delighted that you enjoy our venue. We hope to welcome you again...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit for evening lunch, we had already visited for breakfast which was one of the best we’ve had for a while! Highly recommend the eggs Benedict! Tonight we had the halloumi salad and chicken parmo! Wow it was probably one of...More

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

Hi heidiweir, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing review. I have passed your compliments over to our team who are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018

Thirty five members of Darlington U3A visited The Keys for lunch on October 11th. We has pre-booked from a nice menu and how well prepared they were at the restaurant. Dan and his team were ready for the onslaught and coped brilliantly. We occupied the...More

Thank Kathy C
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Kathy C, The Keys Darlington would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. I have passed your compliments over to our team who are thrilled that you and your colleagues thoroughly enjoy our menu. We hope to...More

Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

We seen the advert for the burger night offer and decided to go and we where not disappointed fantastic burger quality food and a great offer of burger and pint for £10. Dominic our waiter was very polite and knowledgeable would highly recommend giving this...More

Thank brockster43
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Hi brockster43, The Keys Darlington would like thank you for taking the time to leave us this excellent review. I've passed your compliments to our team who are thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed our Burger Night and we hope to welcome you again soon! Check...More

Reviewed 21 September 2018 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
DanielC16535, Manager at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2018

Hi Garrie8516, 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!

Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

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

Thank kirstyw26
Eve B, Events Supervisor at The Keys Darlington, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2018

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

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Wanderer2210
22 September 2018|
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Response from DanielC16535 | Property representative |
Our Afternoon Tea is £12.95 for adults and our £5.95 for children and we only require 24hrs notice.
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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