The top 10 restaurants in Chester-le-Street

As a town that famously holds markets 3 times a week, it should come as little surprise that Chester-le-Street has a number of restaurants renowned for their fresh, authentic and locally sourced ingredients.

It is always a treat eating out in Chester-le-Street and the town certainly has a wide selection of restaurants to choose from. 

For anyone considering living there, we have put together a list of what we think are some of the best restaurants in Chester-le-Street to help you navigate your way through the town’s eclectic culinary scene!

Deano’s Trattoria

Deano’s Trattoria serves authentic Italian meals and is open Tuesday to Sunday. It is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and delicious food. Choose from a wide range of Italian dishes, with Pizza, Pasta, Risotto and more, they also have a children's menu. 

They also have theme nights that include a different type of cuisine and live music, get in touch with them directly to find out more.

Le Raaj

Le Raaj is an award-winning modern Indian restaurant in Chester-le-Street, they are open 6 days a week for lunch, Saturday to Thursday, and 7 nights a week for evening dining.

Using only the best spices, dive into a traditional Indian dish or try a more adventurous dish you haven’t tried before. Choose an exclusive wine to partner with your meal, they offer only the best here. 

With over 900 reviews it is a must visit Indian restaurant in Chester-le-Street.

The Lambton Arms

The Lambton Arms is a locally sourced pub that serves high quality food and drinks. Try one of the local craft and cask beers as The Lambton Arms is a S43 brewery tap, meaning there is always a fresh selection. 

They are all about using local, this is the same with their ingredients ensuring the freshest quality produce. Food is served 7 days a week, you can enjoy a pub classic, Sandwiches, pasta, desserts and so much more. 

You can also book to stay here, with single, double and family rooms on offer. 

Fabio's Italian Restaurant Gin & Cocktail Bar

Fabio’s is another favourite Italian restaurant in Chester-le-Street, serving fresh, home cooked dishes. You are guaranteed a warm welcome every time you visit and a truly authentic meal. Choose from an extensive selection of Appetizers, Pasta, Pizza, Meat and Seafood. 

Once you indulge in your meal or if a meal isn’t for you, head into the Cocktail bar which has some amazing cocktails and a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits.


Hollathans is a stylish lounge bar and restaurant open Wednesday to Sunday, with a wide variety of food including pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and more. You can also enjoy the Bar and the wide variety of cocktails, beers and spirits.

Take advantage of their food offers with Happy Hour between 12pm - 7pm Wednesday to Saturday.

They also offer drink offers with Wine Wednesdays, 2 for 1 cocktails every Thursday and Bubbles Friday which gets you discounted champagne and prosecco between 12pm - 7:30pm. 

Passingtime Café

Passingtime café was recently refurbished back in 2015 and offers a variety of foods. You can enjoy something from the breakfast menu, main menu that includes paninis, jacket potatoes, soup and more; or dive into the dessert menu and enjoy the daily selection which includes different types of homemade cakes.  

They also offer Afternoon Tea served daily from 2:30pm for only £15 per person.

The Chester Moor

The Chester Moor pub in Chester-le-Street is open 7 days a week and is local, dog friendly. They offer an extensive range of menus, you can choose from the main menu, brunch, lunch and set menu, there truly is something for everyone; not forgetting they offer the pub classics and Sunday roasts. 

They also offer Traditional or Tipsy Afternoon tea made up of sandwiches, scones and desserts. 

The Mill House

The Mill House is another great pub in Chester-le-Street, enjoy the pub classics, dive into a plate of crispy calamari or enjoy a Sunday roast dinner. Whatever it is you fancy you are guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious food. 

The Mill House aims to cater for everyone's needs, whether it’s big screen TVs for big sporting events or tribute acts for the best night out with friends or work colleagues. 

The Forge

The Forge is a family-owned restaurant, roughly a 10-minute drive from Chester-le-Street, serving high quality, locally sourced fresh British food. The Head Chef has been North East Chef of the year twice, so you are guaranteed outstanding quality food. 

They are committed to ensuring you feel home when dining or drinking in their restaurant and the Chef keeps the menu in line with seasonality. 

The Sticky Wicket

The Sticky Wicket is a sports bar that is family and dog friendly, so that the whole family can come and enjoy together. They show all sports and often have live music so keep an eye out for your favourite games and music. 

They have a large variety of food from burgers to salads to nachos, there is something for everyone, including a kids’ menu. Keep an eye out for their offers, they have Burger & A Pint every Saturday between 12pm - 5pm, 2 for £12 on selected cocktails, Coffee and a Cake deal plus many more.