DESPITE the recent trend towards ‘flexitarian’ and vegan eating, there is still a demand for a really good steakhouse, from those who appreciate a high quality, flavoursome cut of meat.

In just a couple of short years, two budding North-East entrepreneurs, Howard Eggleston and Tom Sturman, have recognised and addressed that demand by launching a chain of the popular Tomahawk Steakhouses in towns around the region.

Such has been the success, that their latest – and sixth - restaurant will be opening at Feethams, in Darlington at the end of September, with plans to open three more in the North by the end of the year.

The team are careful to monitor where their customers travel from, to enjoy their finest Himalayan salt, dry-aged and Wagyu steaks, and they discovered, through many positive social media posts, that a good proportion of their custom was from the Darlington area.

Howard says: “We want to be able to offer our customers what they want, and we could see that there was a demand in this area.

“It was quite clear from what we were seeing posted on social media sites that a good number of Darlington residents were prepared to travel to eat at our restaurants. It showed us that there was a lot of interest.

“So, it was the obvious next step to find premises in the town to launch our new venue.”

The Darlington Tomahawk Steakhouse is in the new DL1 development - right in the centre of town - so ideal for a pre-movie meal, or just a good, central place to meet up, with plenty of nearby parking.

There’s no mistaking the theme of the interior, with its quirky décor of the bull’s head image on the walls, and cow-hide chairs and throws, but, as Howard and Tom say, it’s all about the meat.

Tom, who is also Head Chef for the Group, adds: “We believe that we have something exceptional, and the only way for people to test us, is for them to try the steaks. The proof of our success is in the food.”

A Tomahawk restaurant is somewhere to meet with friends and family to enjoy their delicious cocktails and extensive menu. The ambience is laid back and easy-going – a place to unwind, celebrate, and enjoy great local meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes.

Dietary preferences can be catered for with pre-booking, so no-one needs to miss out.

Tomahawk Steakhouse, Unit 6 Feethams, Darlington, Durham, DL1 5RD

Telephone: 01325 344399