Now we're in 2024, but still in winter - it's the perfect time to head out for a Sunday roast.

It might be the time of year when money might be a little tight for some - but you don't have to break the bank to have a brilliant Sunday dinner in the region. 

We have pieced together seven of the best places in Darlington and County Durham for a Sunday dinner.

Here is what we have found:

Burtree Inn, Darlington


For the second place, The Burtree Inn in Darlington is rated four stars out of five from 514 reviews, putting it in a favourable place. 

Boasting vegetarian options, vegan choices and a range of cuisine, it's the Sunday roast that stands out for many people on the reviews.

One person said: "It never fails to live up to high standards of food we have only been in a big family group last few years for special occasions and it is always 100% for quality of food service by staff and price. Well done to all involved."

The Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington


The Copper Beech can offer customers a classic Sunday dinner for a fair price, while also offering a great service.

The venue has received four-and-a-half stars out of five for food, service and value.

It’s also managed to pick itself up a TripAdvisor 2021 Travellers’ Choice Award.

The venue has scored 257 five-star reviews and 65 four-star reviews out of 380 altogether.

One person said: “We arranged a family get-together on our last visit back to the UK. The service was fantastic and the friendly banter with the staff was brilliant. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. There was a wide range of meals all reasonably priced. Would recommend The Copper Beach to family and friends for a good night out."

The Otter and Fish, Hurworth-on-Tees

Overlooking the river tees in the picturesque village of Hurworth close to the north Yorkshire border.

Fully refurbished inside & out to the highest standard, creating an ambiance second to none, in what has to be the best interior in the area.

Family owned & run since 2006, they pride ourselves on our food & service.

Their menus and service create a warm & welcoming atmosphere with the emphasis on food & service, ensuring a great experience. 

The Three Horseshoes

The Northern Echo:

One of the top restaurants in Durham, The Three Horseshoes has secured itself a reputation for affordable but delicious food. 

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As well as tasty meals, the Three Horseshoes has a rich history of serving County Durham patrons, as it has stood in its current location for over 100 years. In times gone by, it served a thriving mining community but has transformed over the last few decades into a popular destination for food and real ale. 

The Green Tree, Spennymoor

The Green Tree Country Pub & Restaurant is a traditional English country Inn situated in picturesque Tudhoe Village, the gateway to the beautiful Wear Valley district and is still only three miles from Durham City.

Online, it has impressed a range of people, with one person saying: “Looked on searchforsites for a dog-friendly motorhome stopover for the night.

“What a find. Food was excellent, proper portions as well. Staff were excellent and very dog friendly.

“Staff could not do enough. Food was very reasonably priced. Locals were very friendly as well. Could not fault the place.”