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Welcome back… spa days

Welcome back… spa days

Nearly two years after my last visit to the wonderful Seaham Hall Hotel – a real gem in the North East’s crown - because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was with open arms and ready-to-be-pampered muscles that I returned for a much needed spa day. Anyone who knows me...

New venture is no scary business

New venture is no scary business

EDB designer Alan Sawyers talks about his new ecommerce project and turning leisure into business. People have been turning personal interests into businesses for a long time. It’s nothing new. But for East Durham Business’s resident magazine designer, it’s becoming a...

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

At Your Leisure: A Treat During Lockdown

Gateshead-based family business Beckleberry’s has diversified its business in response to the challenges it faced during lockdown. Prior to the pandemic, Beckleberry’s was quite literally a high-flying ice cream, sorbet, flan, tart, and patisserie provider - an...

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

At Your Leisure: Things We’ve Missed

As life begins to return to normal, it means at long last we’re finally able to see our friends and families, dine out at our favourite pubs and restaurants and have a haircut (if we have hair to cut). Usually, this feature is dedicated to places we’ve been since the...

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

At Your Leisure: Codrophenia is music to our ears

East Durham Business editor Leanne Fawcett visited Dalton Park’s only independent food outlet, Codrophenia, to see whether the fish and chip shop was worthy of a five-star review – or more Rotten Tomato. Fish and chips are about as quintessentially English as things...

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

At Your Leisure: Luciano Peterlee

The Oaklands was once the ‘go to’ pub in Peterlee. In fact, it wasn’t unusual for people to queue up to get in, such was its popularity. Unfortunately, like many such venues, the pub sadly declined and from its status as a real hub of the community, it quickly became...