The Head of Steam is Durham’s best kept secret and home to the finest selection of beers, ales and spirits from around the world. We’re all about great tunes and an atmosphere to match.

Hiding in Reform Place, just off North Road is the Oasis that is the Head of Steam. Just a stones throw from the famous Durham Cathedral and the popular Riverwalk. Offering a fantastic range of craft beer, local real ale along with World beers, spirits and cocktail, there is no other place quite like the Head of Steam.

The venue has a beautiful outside balcony and terrace area, which is the perfect place to enjoy your favourite tipple, away from the hustle and bustle of the City. The venue has two floors, with the upstairs being the perfect place for your next function or business meeting.

Looking for something to eat, the Head of Steam offers a great selection of burgers, pizzas and sharers, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.


  • Cocktail bar
  • Dogs allowed
  • Food
  • Function room
  • Outside area
  • Real ale
  • Rooftop bar
  • Live music
  • Football
  • Terrestrial TV