Back in July, Adam and I were invited along to the opening night of Cosy Club in Durham. The bar and restaurant has opened in the city as part of the new Riverwalk development and is the first branch to open in the North East! I visited Cosy Club in Liverpool last year with my friend Vic and we had a wonderful afternoon drinking cocktails, sharing a platter and playing Scrabble, so I was really excited to have one opening just up the road and to have been invited along!
At the launch night we were treated to complimentary dishes from the Cosy Club tapas menu which we were very excited about – we both love tapas! A favourite of ours was definitely the ‘Pulled Beef Brisket’, with blue cheese and ciabatta. The flavours were incredible and the meat just melted in your mouth! With the tapas menu, you can choose to have one to start, or share them. They’re priced at 3 for £13.95 or £4.95 each.
I was really looking forward to heading back to the restaurant and luckily were very kindly invited back to try a full meal, so Adam and I headed back along last week.
One thing I love about Cosy Club is the decor. Framed paintings and pictures covering all walls, shabby chic lampshades and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and a total mix of different tables and chairs filling the room. It’s so quirky but also gives a proper homely feel and with the mood lighting and views of the river, it’s the perfect place for date night!
We were greeted by the lovely Andre then shown to our table by Stacey who would be looking after us for the evening. We started with drinks and as I was driving, I decided to treat myself to one cocktail early on. The menu is amazing with so many delicious sounding drinks (the ‘Vanilla Espresso Martini’ sounded especially nice) but I asked Stacey what she’d recommend and she said the ‘Eton Mess’ (£7.95) because it was tasty and instagrammable…and she wasn’t wrong!
Now onto the food…
Cosy Club serves food daily from morning through til night (9am-10pm to be precise) so whether you’re looking for a new place to brunch or fancy a night time feast, the menu has got you covered. They also have gluten free and vegan menus available, and kids menus for your little ones. There’s a whole range of board games to keep them occupied too!
To start, you can choose something from the tapas menu or you can choose a sharing option. Adam and I decided to go for the latter and ordered the ‘Whole Baked Camembert’ (£9.50) with rosemary and garlic, served with toasted bread and a tomato chutney. The cheese was absolutely divine and was the perfect size to share, leaving room ready for our mains.
For our main course we both decided on a burger (which are all served in a brioche bun with house slaw and fries or salad). Adam went for ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ (£12.75) which was a 6oz beef patty with chorizo, melted pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato and a bacon & chipotle chilli jam. I went for ‘The Golden Dame’ (£13.75) which was a panko-crumbed buttermilk chicken with double smoked streaky bacon, macaroni cheese fritter, pickled pink slaw, lettuce, tomato and smoky red pepper & garlic mayo.
Side note: I’m awkward and don’t like/can’t eat a couple of things that were on my burger. The staff were incredibly accommodating and didn’t make me feel like I was an annoyance at all.
First things first, the fries were incredible! They were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfect. I think I was being slightly optimistic with my burger…I didn’t realise just how big it was going to be! It was so tasty and full of flavour though. The chicken was cooked beautifully and tasted delicious but I must admit, the star of the show for me was that macaroni cheese fritter. I’m sometimes a bit dubious about mac and cheese when it’s been breaded/fried as sometimes it can be too greasy, but that wasn’t at all and was so tasty. Heads up, you can actually pay to add the fritter as an extra to any burger – I’d deffo recommend doing it!
As I was driving I was restricted to the one cocktail, so decided to go for a mocktail as well! I’m super indecisive so when Andre came to check in on us and ask if we’d like any more drinks, I told him to surprise me and let him decide which one I should get. He chose the ‘Cherry & Basil Fizz’ (£4.25) which is apparently one of the favourites at Cosy Club. It was refreshing but I must admit it wasn’t necessarily for me as I like drinks that are a little sweeter!
After a short break and a pep talk from Adam, I finally decided that my belly was big enough to fit in a dessert. We’re both absolute chocolate fiends so it’s no surprise that I went for the ‘Melting Chocolate Bombe’ (£7.50) and Adam ordered the ‘Warm Chocolate Brownie’ (£5.95)! My dessert was a real spectacle. When Stacey served it she told me to get the camera ready, and I’m glad I did because as she poured the hot caramel sauce over the chocolate dome it began to melt, revealing vanilla ice cream and honeycomb on the inside. It was incredible! I obviously had to have a taste of the brownie too, which was warm and gooey. YUM.
We both loved our evening and left the restaurant with a full tummy and a huge smile on our face. I would definitely recommend heading along to Cosy Club – it’s a real unique and fun dining experience with delicious food that I’m sure you’ll love. I think my next trip will definitely be to try their breakfast menu!
You can find Cosy Club at :
Unit R9 The Riverwalk, Durham, DH1 4SL
Sunday-Wednesday: 9am – 11pm
Thursday: 9am – midnight
Friday-Saturday: 9am – 1am
Full meal and drinks were complimentary for myself and Adam thanks to Cosy Club in exchange for this honest review x