‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market


On Friday 11th August, Bishop Auckland’s ‘Full Moon’ Street Food Market returns, building on its first successful event last month.

Organised by The Durham Street Food Project in association with both Durham Markets and Bishop Auckland Market.

Last month’s event was a roaring success, around 9 or 10 food and drink vendors attended, and were supported by 3 acoustic performances throughout the evening.

It was great to see the Bishop Auckland Market Place a hive of activity, enjoyed by many local residents, and visitors to the area which included the Kynren show.

It was nice to see, there were many families and friends socialising within the central point of our town, soaking up the atmosphere, whilst enjoying some fabulous culinary food and hand crafted beers too.

It was a good opportunity at the end of the week to come together and enjoy a good event and catch up with people I hadn’t seen in awhile.

For me, I think this street food market compliments the town’s offerings, bringing more residents and visitors into the market place, with pubs, cafes and restaurants open providing any visitors with an alternative choice, or an opportunity to go on somewhere after.

Hopefully an event that will continue to be supported and become a monthly event in the future too.

The above images were of some of the above businesses who attended last month.

The full attendees list returning to the street market tonight are:

The Asian Project 

The French Pop Up

Crispy Conewich

Smoke Dokies

The Green Guerrilla

Barista Sisters


Ice Cream Van

And local Bishop Auckland businesses:

Caps Off


The Auckland Cupcake Co.


Belgian Waffle Tuk


With live entertainment being provided tonight by Middlesbrough band ‘Swilly Chill’.

Heading to the event by car?

Don’t be deterred.

Yes there is another fantastic performance of the Kynren show tonight, but there are still many car parks to choose from, you may even wish to buy last minute tickets and go along to the show too, it’s highly recommended.

Castle Chard Car Park

Victoria Avenue Car Park

Kingsway Car Park

Tenters Street Car Park

All of the above Durham County Council car parks are free after 6pm, or follow the boards for payment structures prior to 6pm.

Whilst you are here you may wish to take a look in the old McIntyre’s shop in Newgate Street, where Bishop Auckland College have had an Arts Exhibition throughout the Summer.

Tonight they are accompanied by musicians performing until 8pm.

Alternatively, you could also pay a visit to Fore Bondgate businesses Gillian Arnold Boutique were you can see the finished article of their ‘On The Map’ project.

And Bondgate Gallery taking in their impressive collection including this outstanding Kynren painting by owner Eric Thompson.

Whatever the weather it should be another fantastic event, come along and support Bishop Auckland.


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Smokehouse, Bishop Auckland


The ‘Smokehouse’ is one of the newest businesses to open in Bishop Auckland, and for those people who have had the opportunity to try their menu, they can’t fail to not be disappointed.

The Smokehouse has an air of mystery to it, hidden down the side street of Railway Street, and is more or less opposite the Hippodrome Bingo Hall, but on their growing reputation, it will be the Smokehouse on where people describe where Railway Street is in the future.

With a rustic feel to the venue, with upcycled school tables and stools to sit and eat it simply adds to its charm.

Located in one corner is an upcycled bar with hand pulled local produced beer from a beer and food festival that they had last month, and are keen to replicate something similar again in the future.

But wait until I tell you about the food?

Beautiful is the only word I’d describe it.

For the town of Bishop Auckland it offers something different, and talking to their owners, the Smokehouse is only the start of their ambitious plans.


The menu consists currently of varying tasty treats such as;

Pulled Pork with the most delightful twice cooked chips, apple sauce, homemade coleslaw and the spicy kicked accompaniment of barbecue sauce, and a drink coming in at great value of £5.00 as a meal deal.


Alongside this the brisket is extremely tasty, equally are the chicken wings, chicken legs or a spicy sausage, with new additions constantly being introduced and added to their menu.

Including the outstanding belly busting of a meal with the giant smoked beef ribs as below.

Smokehouse is fast becoming a popular place to visit, and from not only the photos and videos but the glowing reviews, you can really start to see why.

Open from around 11.30am each day why not give it a try for your lunch when your next in town, you’ll not be disappointed.

For more information please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/smokehousebishop/