The North East can dine out for cheap once again as NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week returns to Tyneside this month with a record number of venues taking part.
Restaurant Week has become a mainstay in the Newcastle calendar, taking place twice a year, and is set to be back with a bang in 2023 - the first edition has been confirmed to be taking place from Monday, January 16 to Sunday, January 22.
A total of 116 venues have signed up to take part, the highest number in the week's 12-year history. Diners will be given the chance to enjoy set menus for £10, £15 or £20 per person.
Several of the restaurants who were involved in the first event back in 2011 are taking part again, including Blackfriars, Sachins, and 21 Newcastle whilst newcomers to the city’s vibrant restaurant scene will be joining the original cast, including the newly relaunched Chart House on the Quayside, Pepo on Pilgrim Street and Thali Tray in its new home at Bealim House, on Gallowgate.
For football fans, Newcastle United have also joined the programme. Customers will be offered a tasting menu in a pitch-view room with the club's hospitality team delivering an immersive dining experience - and a chance for non-season ticket holders to get to enjoy the club experience.
In 2022, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week delivered a £1.5 million boost for participating businesses, with August’s event breaking records for economic impact, with over £850,000 generated and more than 50,000 diners across the week.
Rachel Barlow, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said: “We are delighted to be joined by exciting newcomers including Pepo, Thali Tray, Lui’s and if the event wasn’t big enough, we have St James’ Park adding Premier League sparkle to match the whole event. We’re also thrilled to see the return of the original devotees who have helped shape the event over the past 12 years and have become our anchor restaurants.
“We urge people to book their favourites early and use this as the perfect opportunity to try somewhere new. People often discover their new favourite restaurant during NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week.”
You can browse a full list of participating restaurants and pick the dishes that catch your eye on the Newcastle Restaurant Week site here.