Gorgeous food for only £10-15 per person at 80 of Newcastle’s finest restaurants for seven straight days? This can only mean one thing, and that’s the return of Restaurant Week.
As if the dining scene across the city wasn’t thriving enough, the venues involved in NE1 Restaurant Week 2015 look set to receive a massive injection of new visitors and trade, with the first of last year’s two restaurant weeks seeing over 25,000 people eating out and spending more than a staggering £350,000 on fantastic food and drink.
Unique to the North East, the week is organized by NE1, an organization on a mission to enhance the city environment and deliver real results, and it looks like it’s more than working so far, with a fantastic response from the public and other cities across the UK now being encouraged to follow suit and host their very own restaurant week events.
So, it’s not only good for our bellies, it’s great for the city too, and you’ll no doubt be bumping into us as we get scranning across the week and add a couple of well-earned inches to our waistlines.
With the astonishing number of venues involved you’ll be spoilt for choice, and if you need help choosing we’ve been around a good few of the participating restaurants, and you can check out what we thought below.
Happy eating, and be sure to tweet us where you visit and what you’ve been eating with the hashtag #NE1RestaurantWeek to @ne_scran!
The Broad Chare review by Lauren Archer
There’s something about The Broad Chare that always keeps me coming back for more and it’s always my first choice for Sunday lunch out. I love the atmosphere, the fact they are constantly offering something different. Read our full review.
Café 21 review by Lauren Archer
This place really is fantastic and I couldn’t think of anywhere better to spend a special occasion. Service is swift and unassuming and the menu unrivalled by anywhere else in the city. It really is the jewel in the 21 Group crown and there’s no doubt about it that I’ll be back. Read our full review.
Café 21 at Fenwick review by Sarah Bosson
They draw the masses boasting a well-respected brand name, some of the finest culinary work to come out of Newcastle, a superb location for those who have shopped until they are in danger of dropping and a comfortable, clean cut interior. Read Sarah’s full review
Garden Kitchen review by Rachel Horton
We loved our lunch and I thoroughly recommend the venue overall. The staff are lovely, even when rushed off their feet, the food excellent, prices reasonable and the surroundings are a little bit of mid-day solace. Read Rachel’s full review.
Lane7 review by Lauren Archer
It’s the perfect place to while away the hours, enjoy some dinner and drinks with friends and get competitive on the lanes. We really are bowled over. Read Lauren’s full review
Malmaison reviews by Lauren Archer and Sarah Bosson
Staff were knowledgeable and very polite, the kind of polite that is typical of boutique hotels such as Malmaison. I don’t think you can really go wrong with this menu and you certainly won’t leave hungry. Read Lauren’s full review / Read Sarah’s full review
No.28 review by Paul Clifford
The bar, upstairs above the Grainger Market, has always felt like a hideaway to me, somewhere to go to get away from the crowds (and the other more choice pubs in the area). The bar recently won Licensed Trade International’s “Best Bar in the North East 2013″ award. Read Paul’s full review
Nudo review by Matthew Ludlow
With the restaurant always bustling and delivering a high level of service, Nudo offers affordable Asian cooking which is fresh, healthy and better than any takeaway you’ve ever ordered from. Read Matthew’s full review
Paradiso review by Jo Davis
Whether you’re visiting for a quick lunch, evening meal, family occasion etc., the positivity, passion towards their food and the perfect presentation of people who run the restaurant will truly make your visit worthwhile. A one to remain recognised on the Tyne. Read Jo’s full review
Tyneside Bar Café interview by Leigh Venus
I feel like when we open we’ll surprise a lot of people in the city, which is a really good feeling to have. When they first walk through the door, I think they’re going to instantly stop and think that it isn’t what they thought it was going to be. In a good way. And I think that’s exciting. Read Leigh’s interview with Head Chef Tom Adlam
NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant takes place 19th to 25th January 2015. To see all offers from the participating venues, visit http://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/restaurant-week