Number Twenty2 opened for business on March 8th 1995.
Granted a “restricted licence” it was allowed to trade for six days (no Sundays). No Spirits were allowed as the licence granted Ales, Wines and Fortified Wines; this didn’t matter as very soon NumberTwenty2 was busy every evening and literally packed at weekends.
With a busy “Canteen” boasting an open kitchen the diners could see the flames from the chargrill as their steak cooked to perfection.
In 1997 the layout was altered to widen the trading area and offer better toilet facilities this meant that the drinkers encroached on the diners and very soon evening meals ceased.
NumberTwenty2 still serves food from 12 til 2 Monday to Saturday is closed Sundays. Monday we close at 10pm.
1997, 98, 99 we were awarded Darlington Pub of the year. 1999 we were North East Pub of the Year as well as runners up Nationally ( The Fat Cat in Norwich were the winners).
2005 saw the UK licensing laws change and our spirit ban lifted. This allowed us to sell spirits and our policy to have a limited range was set. We started with Hendricks Gin served with Cucumber.
(People thought this rather eccentric, now of course it is expected). 2012 July: our application to Brew and Distill on site was made and very soon we were brewing our own beers from our one barrel plant…..BrewTwenty2. In December 2014 our Distillers licence was granted and so StillTwenty2 was born along with our brand WilkinsonEnglish Gin Twenty2 with the strap line “Darlington Distilled on Paradise Row (The old name for Coniscliffe Road).
2018 sees NumberTwenty2 still winning awards from Camra (albeit local) We have more beers on sale than ever; quite often 14 Cask Ales, 4 Pilsners, 3 Weiss Biers and 2 Fruit Beers. Oh and 2 Ciders, one keg the other “Real”.
We offer 14 Wines by the Glass and 3 Fizz along with English Sparkling Wine. Then our Spirits. From StillTwenty2 we have: Single Malt Spirit (too young to be called Whisky), Paradise Spiced Rum, WilkinsonEnglish Vodka and our range of our Gins: currently, GinTwenty2 Citrus Burst, Very Berry, Detox, Rhubarb and Rosemary and a Hint of Ginger. All available on Line.
The Brewing and Distilling all happens on the premises and it had been hoped to develop the buildings to the rear for future production, this however has been thwarted by our local planning office. To say Darlington Distilled on Paradise Row may not be the case in future.
With this, our new Website we are able to offer a host of items on line for home consumption, please watch as the site develops.