Pub: The Holy GrALE, Durham

Holy grale craft beer pub durham

Now I’ve seen the light and found the Holy GrAle

The Holy GrALE of ale indeed.  When in Durham for the Lumiere Festival, we found an advert for The Holy GrALE pub in a local beer guide, so off we went to find it.  It wasn’t too hard to locate, on the West side of the River Wear in the city centre.  It’s up a steep hill but worth it.

Holy grale craft beer pub durham

Inside there’s an open plan bar with a relaxed and quirky vibe.  We especially liked the decorative heads.
Holy grale craft beer pub durham

There’s also a bottle shop at the rear of the bar with a wide selection of bottles and cans to take home.


As expected, Durham Brewery features prominently on the beer menu.

Holy grale craft beer pub durham

It would have been rude not to try the Durham Brewery Lumiere, made for the light festival and the sole reason that we were in Durham! This was an enjoyable IPA.  Then we moved onto their richer, heavier Temptation Imperial Stout and the more exotic Tonkoatko, from Brew York, an oatmeal stout with cacao, coconut, vanilla and tonic bean flavour. they also had one of my favourite beers on cask – Titanic plum porter.

Holy grale craft beer pub durham

Even Velma joined in.

Holy grale craft beer pub durham



Well worth seeking out for an excellent selection of beers from the local area and further afield.



The Holy GrALE
57 Crossgate

Opening Times

Monday 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Tuesday 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Wednesday 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Thursday 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Friday 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Saturday Midday – 11.00 pm
Sunday Midday – 11.00 pm

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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