Now Darlington isn't normally a place you associate with vintage. However, when the new 50's style diner Checkers opened I decided it was a must for a 50's lover like myself!
We were greeted warmly as we walked in, without a reservation I might add. They showed us immediately to a table and a waitress was quick to get our drinks order. The décor of the place was really nice, lots of 50's memorabilia on the walls and a big light up juke box.
Of course I put on my 50's style fluffy jumper for dinner! We were told there would be a 25 minute wait which were ok with. In actual fact our food came within 20 minutes so we were pleasantly surprised.
The tables were really cute with American style placemats and napkin holders and sauce bottles.
Tom ordered a BBQ chicken burger and I ordered a chilli and cheese hot dog. My hot dog was lovely, the only criticism I could make is that the bun had been split all the way through which made a hot dog filled with chilli impossible to eat without a knife and fork. The chips were lovely and the coleslaw, although a little warm (although I expect that was from the hot shelf in the kitchen) was tasty.
Tom enjoyed his burger, but would have liked a little more cheese and bacon. I think that's a man thing though!
The dessert was amazing, and very reasonably priced. I opted for a warm Alabama fudge cake and Tom plumped for the cookie dough cheesecake special. Which he devoured. He would have probably ate another.
Overall, the diner was a pleasant experience, and although it's obviously in it's infancy stages, I think it's a lovely addition to Darlington. The waiting staff, although quite young and a little inexperienced, were friendly and helpful and the diner had a nice atmosphere. I would have maybe liked a genuine 50's playlist going on mind. ;) It's well worth a visit anyway!