New College Durham is excited to introduce the grand unveiling of The Copper Pot, its innovative student-led restaurant.

This establishment offers a dynamic and fresh perspective on culinary education and dining.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, led by His Majesty’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Kate Welch OBE, marked this exciting occasion on Tuesday 17th October.

For many years, New College Durham has provided a platform for catering and hospitality students to gain real-life work experience through its training restaurant and this year the college made a bold decision to enhance the student experience by creating a modern space with its own external entrance to further bridge the gap between the education and professional worlds, ensuring students gain the skills needed for their future careers while delighting paying customers.

The restaurant’s new, contemporary design reflects the college’s commitment to providing an authentic and vibrant learning environment. Named “The Copper Pot,” this establishment seamlessly blends its modern aesthetic with a nod to traditional cooking utensils, creating an inviting atmosphere for both students and customers.  The Copper Pot was successfully completed in September 2023, just in time for the start of the new academic year.

The grand opening of The Copper Pot was celebrated with a drinks and canapés reception, the culinary delights were prepared by the talented students, showcasing their skills and creativity. Additionally, the hospitality students demonstrated their expertise in serving and providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Alison Maynard, Deputy Principal at New College Durham said,

“We are thrilled to introduce The Copper Pot to our students, staff, partners and the local community. We have invested in this wonderful space as part of our commitment to excellence in education and the culinary arts. The restaurant provides an invaluable experience for our students, allowing them to thrive in a real-world environment.”

The Copper Pot is also open to the public, you can visit the restaurant for morning coffee, and cream teas, dining in for lunch or dinner and Friday brunch. We are also taking bookings for Christmas lunches!

For more information and reservations, please contact The Copper Pot on 0191 375 4095 or [email protected] 

**The Copper Pot: Opening Hours** 

  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Teas, coffees, and cream teas)
  • Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Lunch)
  • Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, and 6:00 pm (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Friday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Brunch)

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