With apologies to any fine establishments which haven’t made the cut, here are 13 pubs you may want to visit on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Not that we would suggest having a pint in all of them, of course.
5. Swan and Three Cygnets
Elvet Bridge. Proximity to both the Gala route and the River Wear means that this Samuel Smith bar is likely to be heaving. Another to grace either very early or when the crowds subside.
6. The Bridge Hotel
North Road. Stationed underneath Durham's imposing arches, the Bridge's position and renowned menu makes it a decent bet for a hearty meal if you are struggling to find a more central bite to eat.
7. The John Duck
Claypath. Busy bar offers a mix of established beers and up-and-coming real ales. Decent beer garden if you can get in early.
8. The Station House
North Road. Don't be fooled by this relative newcomer's spartan surroundings. This award-winning bar serves a host of cracking real ales and its pork pies are worth a taste test too.