Stottie cakes are a kind of large, flattish white loaf that you find in Durham and the rest of the North-East.
Only one of them makes for an excellent sandwich.
Several bakeries sell them, although branches of "Gregg's" the bakers are most often credited with reviving this regional bread on a commercial basis.
Coal mining has been an essential part of the North-East since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Nowadays the pits have all gone - and it has been a traumatic change for many of the local communities with the wholesale closure of pits following the collapse of the miners strike in 1984.
Despite all this the tradition of the 'big meeting' or Durham Gala still continues. These days there is more of a carnival rather than a political atmosphere, as people take time to remember the traditions and history of the area.
The parade in 2004 is on July 10th and begins around 9 AM.
Durham has many many many tea shops that also have cakes - indulge in a British afternoon tea for under £5. Its worth it, whether you are admiring the view or escaping from the cold!
2. A 'Chip Butty'
These are generally found across Northern England, but if you need something very filling on a cold day - ask for a 'chip butty'. This is a chip sandwich (chips in some bread!), and can be served with gravy, many different sauces or butter. Ridiculously calorific but have one, and you are hooked!
3. If in doubt - follow the students!
If you are looking somewhere cheap to eat in town and you visit during the University term, follow the students! In 3 years of studying at Durham, most students know where the cheapest, best hidden places are, and tend to avoid the overpriced tourist traps.