IF YOU'RE looking for a new restaurant to try out but want to avoid the crowds, then look no further.

We've put a list together of the best restaurants that offer takeaways.  

From Italian pizza to authentic Indian flavours, there is such a wide variety of food on offer in Darlington.

See if your favourite restaurant made the list of best takeaways - as recommended by hundreds of Tripadvisor reviewers. 

Viraj Restaurant

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5

Location: Kendrew House, 9 Kendrew Street, Kendrew House, Darlington, DL3 6JR

This popular, family-run restaurant serves up South Asian dishes full of flavour.

It's a fantastic takeaway option for families and friends with lots of dietary needs - the menu features vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Tripadvisor reviewers recommend the chicken jalfrezi, peshwari naan, lamb balti with spinach, chicken tikka naga, lamb bhuna and lamb pathia and bombay aloo.

One happy customer said: "I highly recommend visiting Viraj or ordering a takeaway. The food is absolutely delicious!!!"


Akbar the Great

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5

Location: 43-44 Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JJ

One of Tripadvisor's Travellers Choice Award winners, Akbar the Great is described as the "best in town" by customers.

There's almost 450 reviews from customers who rated their culinary experience as 'excellent'.

One person told Tripadvisor: "We have been getting regular deliveries which are always tasty, hot and well prepared."

Another said: "Decided to try Akbar the Great for a take away tonight and we certainly weren’t disappointed, the food was piping hot, plenty of chicken, plenty of sauce and no oily ghee, was absolutely beautiful, would definitely recommend and will definitely be going to the restaurant for a meal."

The Northern Echo: Viraj Restaurant dishes. Photo via Tripadvisor.Viraj Restaurant dishes. Photo via Tripadvisor.

Stable Hearth Neapolitian Pizzeria & Enoteca

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5

Location: 33-35 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7RX

Expect "pizza perfection" from this Italian restaurant with takeaway service.

There are lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options and you can order takeaway before the pizzeria opens at 5pm.

You can find anything from a salad with buffalo mozzarella, mixed tomatoes and balsamic vinegar to pizzas with ricotta stuffed crust.

One customer from Seaham said: "This place has won awards for their pizza and rightly so."

The Old Yard Tapas Bar

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5

Location: 98 Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JY

Here you can order Spanish and Greek tapas delights and bring European living to Darlington.

You can call to order from 10am or pre-order online while delivery is available for large orders.

You can tuck into anything from king prawns, pulled pork and chicken and chorizo to Spanish meats and patatas bravas.

One happy customer said: "The menu was full of delicious Spanish and Greek tapas dishes and the portions were plentiful. Would really recommend this place."

The Copper Beech

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5

Location: Neasham Road, Darlington, DL1 4DH

The Copper Beech has a menu full of warming, British dishes and pub favourites.

You can also find vegetarian friendly, vegan and gluten free versions of traditional dishes. 

One recent customer said: "Food again was excellent, 2 8oz minted lamb chops, mash, swede cabbage and carrots with a rich gravy. Wife had the steak and ale pie, the meat was succulent on both dishes."

Many customers shared images of their Sunday pub lunch.