NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week: How to secure the best deals

Newcastle Restaurant Week has finally come to town and mouths are watering

The sun may have risen to Blue Monday here on Tyneside but as NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week launches, there's plenty chance for Geordies to score a cheap eat and turn those frowns upside down.

Restaurant Week is back in the city after a two-year break due to the pandemic and sees more than 70 of Newcastle's favourite restaurants taking part.

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The week starts today, Monday, January 17 and runs until Sunday, January 23.

Participating restaurants will offer a variety of menus at three price points: £10, £15 and £20.

The list of eateries slashing their prices includes some longstanding favourites, as well as some of the new kids on the block.

There's so much to choose from and, if you need a helping hand, NewcastleWorld picked a handful of our must-try restaurants.

A full list of the NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week participants can be found on the website here.

For most of them, it's just a matter of turning up and ordering off the Restaurant Week menu.

Some will be more popular than others, with Quayside hotspots including Gino D'Acampo, the Hard Rock Cafe, Khai Khai and Tomahawk Steakhouse all on the bill - so it might be worth booking a table in advance at those.

Others, such as burger joint MeatStack, don't take reservations and are walk-ins only.

Commenting on this January’s Restaurant Week, Ben Whitfield, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 Ltd said: “We are beyond excited to be launching our 20th NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week and turning the spotlight on the city’s foodie scene, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

"It is great that food and dining will once again be driving the public into the city.

"After the last lockdown, Newcastle was quick to bounce back with food leading the way in encouraging people back into restaurants and the city.

"When Covid rules dictated outside dining, people were still happy to brave the cold Newcastle weather and return to sample the culinary delights of the city’s restaurant scene, thanks to newly constructed pavement cafes and restaurants.

"At the start of the pandemic Newcastle had only 50 venues with outside pavement cafes, now the city boasts over 150.

"At NE1, we are proud to have played our part in growing this sector, working closely with businesses and the council to create many outdoor dining areas across the city.

“Now NE1’s Restaurant Week will offer Newcastle diners another gastronomic treat and we can’t wait for its long-awaited return, back after an enforced 2-year interlude.

"It is set to be a bumper week for Newcastle’s participating restaurants and we’re sure people’s appetite for the event will be stronger than ever after a few years without it."