A short time ago, I reviewed the brunch at Coho Durham – a brand new spot located on Freeman’s Place, a few feet away from the Passport Office. But literally, little over a week after, they’d got in touch to say that they’d revamped their Coho Durham menu and after a sneak peek, I knew I had to go back and give it a whirl…
The spot is part of the under-construction Riverwalk Development, an exciting and highly-anticipated expansion to Proper Scrumptious’ home city of Durham. Coho has wonderful views of the river and is an absolute MUST visit for unique cocktails and winding down after hitting the highstreet. Especially on their outdoor terrace in this rare heatwave the North East is experiencing.
I mentioned in my last review that the place was empty on our visit and that the service was just borderline okay. But I also noted that it had recently been taken over and I’d hoped that the lack of clientele was purely down to the unfortunate reviews that were left under the previous ownership, because we’d had a cracking morning. You can see some snaps of their decor and venue in my previous post too.
It seems I might be right. When we arrived, despite it being a Wednesday, there were plenty more punters enjoying drinks on the terrace and ordering bar snacks from their new menu.
The service had most definitely improved too. I was incredibly warmly welcomed. And as I sat and waited for my plus one, Lady from a Tramp, the two gentleman working were polite, funny and made suggestions from the menu; making sure I had everything I needed. I so appreciate good customer service, and these two were made for it.
Anyway, onto the scran. The new menu has a range of bar snacks, that we were told could serve as a main course for one person. Plus, they have a selection of 9″ pizzas, a range of sides and some scrummy looking desserts.
They’ve also upgraded their brunch and breakfast menus at Coho Durham since I had last visited. Now including a Smashed Avocado number which I absolutely neeeeeeed to try. If you don’t love an avocado-based brunch, are you even a food blogger?
We ordered a portion of the Salt and Pepper Squid (each) and a Chicken Kiev pizza to share. We had wanted to try the Asian Platter, but it unfortunately wasn’t available that evening – sounds smashing though!
The Salt and Pepper Squid came as a recommendation from one of the gentleman I’d spoke to whilst waiting. He couldn’t stress enough how good it was, so that was a given.
And I’ve (shockingly) never tried a Chicken Kiev pizza before. I’ll get the pizza out the way first to leave the best until last….
It was a beautifully thin, crisp Italian base – the only way I actually like pizza. It was dripping with garlic butter and the chicken was succulent and perfectly cooked.
First Chicken Kiev pizza, would definitely have again. Well, that’s if it wasn’t for…
The Salt and Pepper Squid. Totally understand why it came highly recommended from the staff. It was absolutely beautiful. Soft, juicy squid wrapped in a perfectly seasoned, peppery breadcrumb coating. It was served with tartar sauce, but would have went well with a thick garlic mayo too.
It was certainly bigger than a starter portion but not perhaps as filling as a main. However, as a bar snack it was absolutely perfect. Teamed with a cold, crisp glass of white overlooking the river this dish couldn’t be faulted.
After my second visit to Coho Durham, I honestly can’t fault it when you consider the location and price. I only want to go back to try more of the menu.
There’s a wide variety of dishes, ranging from Crab Bites to Shepherds Pie. And going off what I’ve tried so far, you won’t be disappointed regardless of your tastes.
Even if you just pop in to taste test their cocktail and gin menu, it’s not a bad little venue.
Let me know if you pay them a visit. And what you choose from the menu. Drop me a tweet @ProperScrummy or leave a comment!
Lots of love, LB x