Skinnergate has been given a brand new pub after a £300,000 investment by owners of the old Yates joined in the regeneration of Darlington to support the growing economy and once again be celebrated for its vibrant nightlife.
The ‘Darlington Flyer’, which has also created five new jobs, was unveiled on the 31st March by Mayor Brian Jones who joined local businesses and Darlos on the VIP list before the best in party anthems, 241 cocktails, and on trend beer showcased the transformation.
The modernised pub sees a revival of pub customs, in a contemporary setting: Hi-tech sports screening, local cask ales and craft beers, quality all day value food, and reasons to go out every day or night from midweek quizzes to up tempo weekends with music and cocktails.
“Our new name is embedded in the town’s heritage to reflect the thought we’ve put into delivering what the town needs,” said manager Heidi Smith.
“We’ve got a broad appeal which adapts from breakfasts to a manly signature King’s Feast challenge burger, and specialist real ale to social sharing pitchers of cocktails.
“What’s really important is that Darlington has a reason to come into the town, and that businesses like ours engage with locals and their passions such as supporting the sports clubs, which fans stay loyal to through thick and thin.”
The overhaul certainly lends itself to such diversity. A nod to the railway theme in places, it’s a modern interpretation of today’s pub goer’s demands to relax, gather, or party as the new dance floor comes alive at weekend. An oasis, the town centre’s newest garden to the rear of the pub is also sure to be a spring hit.
It was a good weekend to show off to sporting fans too with SKY and BT Sports, big screen, 50” HD TVs, and the ability to screen three games at any one time. Swansea vs Middlesbrough on Sunday saw the first table service game ensuring not a second need be missed.
The ‘Kings Feast’ food menu is all about quality with something for every budget and occasion. There are over 100 combinations of dishes from sharing planks to traditional fish & chips, fourteen options in the two meals for £7.49 and dishes under 600 calories. The ‘man vs food’ burger challenge is set to create some theatre with four 6oz beef burgers, cheese and bacon, chicken schnitzel and chorizo served with double chips!
Complimenting the three local cask ales and two draught craft beers Brewdog and Blue Moon, twenty-two cocktails 241 all day every day include Mojitos, Martinis and an edgy ‘English Garden’ with Hendricks, Elderflower Liqueur, Apple Juice, Soda & Cucumber.
Add to the sport Thursday quiz; Friday and Saturday night parties, Social Sunday roast, and community events and it will take the pub’s monthly newsletter to keep up with the action!
Monday–Thursday 8am-11pm; Friday & Saturday 8am-midnight; Sunday 8am-11pm
30 Skinnergate, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7NR, 01325 481500