Pint of beer taken at beer garden at Newton Grange Marstons pub

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The Newton Grange in Durham is one of the 1700 pubs and restaurants in the UK owned by the Marstons Brewery. This restaurant is located in Framwellgate Moor which is a 10-minute drive from Durham city centre. It’s a large community pub where there is a lot going on and is recommended whether you’re after a few beers or a bite to eat.

Why should you visit the Newton Grange pub restaurant in Durham?

There are a lot of reasons why we recommend paying this pub in Durham a visit.

Where is this pub restaurant located in Durham?

It is situated in the outskirts of Durham city centre in Framwellgate Moor, Pity-Me. The pub is a few minutes’ drive and a five-minutes’ walk from the Arnison Center retail park making it a perfect spot for a meal out or drink(s) after a busy afternoon shopping.

In addition, the pub is also walking distance from the Newton Hall housing estate. There is also a sports leisure centre a couple of minutes away and there are plenty of other restaurants and pubs in Durham.

If you’re planning on heading into Durham city centre, the Newton Grange is a ten-minute drive into the heart of Durham, making it a decent pub/restaurant to begin a night out. You can catch a bus or taxi right from this restaurant.

There is also plenty of places to go walking nearby including Finchale Abbey and Brasside nature reserve and The Carrs nature reserve in Pity-Me.

The lovely beer garden

One appealing feature of this restaurant and pub is its’ beer garden. It is a well-looked-after terrace all paved with flagstones in a fenced-off enclosure. The area is also lit-up with outdoor lighting when it’s dark. The beer garden at the very front of the pub also features plenty of planters and a trellis archway as you enter the terrace. On the terrace, there is plenty of picnic benches along with family-sized tables and chairs.

The pub also uses the grass space around the side of the building during the summer months, where there are extra picnic benches for people to sit on and enjoy the sunshine.

The awesome food

The restaurant menu is very exciting and full of lots of different varieties of food from different cuisines. It has food from cultures almost all over the world including Indian dishes, Italian pasta dishes, Mexican food and Chinese curries.

There isn’t just one menu either. They have a set menu for snacks and lunch bites which include sandwiches, jacket potatoes and fish & chips. Their dessert menu includes a wide variety of sweets to satisfy people of all taste buds. They also offer set menus for burgers, grills, and pub classics.

Families can buy food to share from the sharers menu, making it the ideal place for a party buffet!

Check out the ice cream bar situated next to the main bar. This restaurant serves many flavors of ice cream. Not to mention the stone-baked pizzas which you can see being prepared in the pizza ovens.

As for the drinks, they serve everything you can think of from coffees and teas to cocktails and vintage wine! Get yourself to their bar and be spoiled for choice!

Children’s’ play area

Children playing on slide in playground

Image courtesy of Zaid Isaac

For families with young children and toddlers, you can be rest assured that the kids will definitely by happy and entertained. There is an indoor play area which includes soft play and interactive equipment suitable for children of age 1+. The indoor play area is at the far right corner of the pub as you come through the entrance.

The outdoor play area is situated alongside the beer garden. It is a small playground with soft tarmac and includes a climbing frame and slide. So, if you’re sat out in the beer garden you can easily keep a close eye on the little ones.

It is one of the few pubs and restaurants in Durham that have both indoor and outdoor play areas.

What makes this pub restaurant one of the best in Durham?

If you’re planning on a night out or a celebratory meal, there is bound to be plenty of good deals on the go. For families with children, you can buy a meal for the little one for just one pound (along with an adult meal). Other awesome offers include drinks and cocktail deals, prossecco Fridays, Monday night pizza night and other themed nights. Click here to find out more about their offers.

One of the things that make this pub and restaurant stand out among others in Durham. Every week this pub hosts special events to keep people entertained and encourage customers to come more regularly. Events they do include weekly quiz nights, Fizz Friday, and other season events like Christmas fairs. Click here to find out more about their events.

What makes this pub restaurant one of the most accessible in Durham?

On top of all the great things about this pub and restaurant in Durham, the disability-friendliness and accessibility just makes this venue a top recommendation!

Is it friendly for wheelchairs?

The pub entrance has a wide enough doorway for easy access of wheelchairs and pushchairs. The door has big handles that are easy to grab and low down so wheelchair users can reach them to pull/push. There is easy access to the beer garden, with all of the surface being flat and solid and the entrance being wide enough. There is also a double-door access from inside the pub too.

The pathway leading to the entrance from the car park is all flat and level. There is the option of steps to get onto the pathway from the car park, but the pathway also slopes gently from the top end of the car park.

Inside the pub, the room is spacious and furnished with carpeting. There is plenty of room to manoeuvre a wheelchair/pushchair. There is also space to store chairs while you’re eating/drinking.

Are there disabled toilets?

The toilets are situated in several points of this large pub. The main toilets for the ladies and gents are situated at the far right as you enter, passed the indoor play area and there is a disabled toilet here too. There is another disabled toilet and facilities situated at the far end straight ahead as you enter the pub, passed the main bar. Other facilities provided include baby-changing and high-chairs for babies and toddlers.

How inclusive is their menu?

The menu is carefully set out to ensure people of all tastes and dietary requirements are catered for. This includes vegan, gluten-free and low-calorie options. Allergy information can also be found in their menu. You can check out their menu on the website too, click here!

Portion sizes also vary from large hearty meals to smaller bite-sized snacks. This means you can choose something depending on how much appetite you have. It is also handy for kid-sized portions too.

Is it child-friendly?

This restaurant and pub is definitely child friendly. The indoor and outdoor play areas are perfect to keep the little ones entertained and stimulated while you’re waiting for your meal. There is also a treasure map themed children’s menu and there is also colouring activities and crayons provided on the tables.

What’s the atmosphere like?

In general, the pub has a calm, family-friendly atmosphere. It never gets noisy or rowdy as this is not a suitable place for people getting really drunk and throwing wild parties. While it is still a great place to come for birthday parties and other occasions.

The size of the pub makes it acoustically reasonable, so it is not over-stimulating or noisy for people with sound sensitivity. Other qualities that make this pub and restaurant a comforting environment for autistic people and people with high anxiety include the options to be outside, the variety of seating and tables and seating space and the low-key decor.

Is there decent parking?

The car park is right outside the pub, and this include plenty of disabled spaces which are nearest to the start of the sloped pathway. The car park is also quite large so it shouldn’t get too busy too quickly. There is other parking within walking distance at the Arnison Centre retail park.

Where is the nearest public transport to this pub restaurant in Durham?

The bus stop is right outside the front of the pub restaurant. It can go to various bus stops in Newton Hall, Pity-Me and Durham city. There is no train station nearby, the nearest is in Durham city centre.

Does this restaurant pub in Durham allow dogs?

You cannot bring dogs into the restaurant. However, you can bring your pooch onto the beer garden terrace and outside seating area on the grass. This is ideal if you’re taking your dog for a walk and just fancy a quick pint or cuppa.


We hope this listing has been helpful in your search for disability-friendly restaurant and pubs in Durham. Click here to view other similar venues in the area.

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