Glasshouse Restaurant

Nominated for Entrepreneurial Spirit at this years Best of Darlington Awards, the Glasshouse Restaurant is a contemporary dining experience for leisure and business customers alike.

The Glasshouse Restaurant is now open Tuesdays through to Fridays, from 12PM-2.30PM (last orders 1PM) during term time. Below are the details of our new Autumn/ Winter themed events.

Our dishes include a lunch and evening menu incorporating British and European style food including vegetable dishes, chefs specials, ethnic and international choices.

Throughout the year The Glasshouse also holds themed evenings including Celebrating Mardi Gras, Christmas Dinner and Spanish Tapas. See our Evening Dinner Events page for a full list of dates and events.

Call today to book your table or for further information 01325 503030 or email

Our Food

Private Functions

We also welcome enquiries for private parties and celebrations throughout the year.  Our facilities accommodate groups of 50 to 200 people.

Please call 01325 503030 for further details and to get a copy of our banqueting selector menus.

Have a look for yourself, see our 360 virtual tour of the restaurant.

Gift Vouchers

Why not treat a friend or a loved one to afternoon tea, lunch or dinner! Gift vouchers are available in denominations of £5 and £10. Vouchers can be purchased from the restaurant.

Glasshouse Testimonials

We are listed on the Tripadvisor website. Please visit the site and leave a review by clicking on the logo below.


“Went to The Glasshouse Restaurant for lunch for the first time today. I was not really sure what to expect from a local student-run restaurant so I went in a bit wary…but came out thoroughly impressed! A nice warm welcome, attentive service from the young students, superb food from a menu offering a good range of meals and all excellent value for £6 for two courses. Being September I think the students were possibly new to their roles but they did amazingly well and were clearly putting into practice what they were learning – it was lovely to see them being guided by the restaurant manager who supported them throughout; listening in to his support and advice was actually really interesting and makes you appreciate the work the students have to put in to succeed. All in all a great experience and we were made to feel very valued as customers…I have had lesser service in some very expensive high end city restaurants! We will most certainly be back.”

Mr. Naths, Darlington, United Kingdom 26 September 2018

Good food Excellent Value

“It can be tempting to adopt a more accepting approach to food and service when it’s a College restaurant staffed by students but there is no need here. The food was good, I had a fish pie, generously comprised of salmon, and cod with a nice slightly crisp mashed and piped potato topping. Piping hot it came with a fresh salad of mixed leaves and pea shoots.

Good Coffee was served with tasty shortbread rounds.

The restaurant was busy, and hardly surprising at these bargain prices ( I think my fish pie was £5 or thereabouts).

The Glasshouse deserves our patronage as it gives students real industry experience, but it deserves it as much for what’s on offer.”

Gilmore, Co. Durham 3 May 2018

Very impressed

“Lovely service from the students in the catering department and high quality food served I have never been disappointed, I use this restaurant regularly!”

Gemma S 25 April 2018

A very pleasant dining experience

“4 of us went for lunch about 2 weeks ago following an article in the local press, and were not disappointed. We were welcomed at the door, and shown to our table. The menu was varied and the prices were very reasonable. Between us, we had four different main courses, risotto, fish pie, fish and chips, and chicken pie – all were good portions, tasty and well cooked. The student waiters were attentive, without being intrusive, efficient and polite. We also had a starter but only 2 of us could manage a dessert, all of which were, again, very good quality and value.

The students in the kitchen, and front of house are to be commended for their efforts in providing an enjoyable, and very good value for money dining experience – I hope they do well in the industry. Recommended.”

Quakerlad, Darlington 31 March 2018