Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Whether you’re out shopping and want to take the weight off your feet, fancy lunch with family or friends, need to grab a snack before a show or want to treat yourself to an interval drink, the Hippo Lounge serves hot and cold drinks and light bites throughout the day. Darlington Hippodrome is only a short stroll from the town centre so there’s no need to wait until showtime – you can soak up a little bit of theatre any time of the week!

Hippodrome bars

The theatre boasts accessible bars on all levels; perfect places to meet and relax before the show and during the interval.

The Hippo Lounge

The Hippo Lounge is open from 10am Monday - Saturday, and hot food is served until 6pm. On Sundays where there is a show, it opens one hour before the show begins. 

Accessed via the new main entrance on Parkgate, the Hippo Lounge is at the heart of the restored theatre. This contemporary café provides a relaxed atmosphere throughout the day along with access to free wi-fi, and a selection of light bites and hot and cold beverages. 

Bank Top Bakery are now supplying freshly made steak pies, sausage rolls (including a vegan option), and mini quiches. Fresh sandwiches are made every day in house, with a variety of fillings, as well as vegan and gluten free options. 

1907 bar

Rear of stalls

John Wade Group Lounge

First floor atrium (open to the public unless there is a function)


First floor promenade  

Panto bar

Second floor atrium 

Beat the rush

Pre-order your interval drinks at the bar on the day of the performance.

Hippo Lounge Video