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Newcastle Eats' Top Recommendations for Restaurant Week January 17th - 23rd

With less than a week to go until NE1's Restaurant Week, we caught up with regional foodie blogger, Jeff from Newcastle Eats, to see which venues he has on the menu for this January's event.

What could make it feel like 'normality' is creeping ever nearer than the return of gluttonous biannual favourite that is Newcastle Restaurant Week. 

I can barely believe it is now in its 20th iteration after about a dozen venues took part in the first event. But for me, it's become as much a mainstay of January in the Toon as the usual NUFC transfer window disappointment and the hibernation of Fenwick's window display for another year.

Hospitality, on the whole, endured a miserable time over 2020 and 2021, so make sure to get out and both try those restaurants you've been meaning to get to, as well as revisit some old favourites that you'd nearly forgotten about. 

Here are my picks for this year, but with 85+ venues taking part, we're spoiled for choice really. Cheers!

Hibou Blanc

My #1 recommendation this year for having both the best offer and the best menu, Hibou Blanc is perfect date-night material. Gorgeous surroundings, which really mark a new era for the Bigg Market, and a quality behind the cooking means that being able to try Hibou Blanc for a mere tenner is a no-brainer.

What I’d order: Soupe de Poissons — Rump Cap — Crêpe Suzette 
Offer: Two Courses for £10 and Three Courses for £15

Khai Khai

Relative newcomer Khai Khai is a must for anyone who has yet to enjoy the fiery cooking at this classy Indian restaurant. With many dishes cooked over fire (both Tandoori grilled and on a Josper oven), there's an intoxicating lick of smoke across many of the dishes. Definitely try the grilled broccoli to start, which is easily one of the best vegan dishes I've eaten in the past year. 

What I'd order: Tandoori Broccoli — Lamb Roganjosh
Offer: Two Courses for £20

The Broad Chare

It wouldn't be Newcastle Restaurant Week without visiting one of the always-great 21 group restaurants. If you're quick, you might get a table at sister restaurants Saltwater Fish Company or Porterhouse (depending on if you're fish or meat-inclined), but in the depths of January when comfort is needed, The Broad Chare always delivers. 

Pub food, but elevated into a restaurant setting and cooked with accuracy and consistency, it's all about simple ingredients that make you feel good. Being able to access food like this for £15 is a blessing. 

What I'd order: Crab Soup, Mutton Pudding — Yorkshire Rhubarb 
Offer: Two Courses for £15 and Three Courses for £20


Another monumental addition to Newcastle's historic Bigg Market, Meat:Stack does the best burgers in town. 

Whether you prefer a simpler, American diner-style smashed burger dressed with just lettuce and house sauce, or something a little more out there like the Burns Night-themed special (with crispy haggis, stack sauce, onions, American cheese, and served with a dip pot of haggis & whisky cream sauce), I guarantee it'll be a winner. And OMG, those beef dripping fries… All for a tenner, with a drink as well. 

What I'd order: Haggis Dipper Special
Offer: £10 and £15 Burger Deals


If it feels like Blackfriars has been around forever, that's because it almost has. Dating back to 1239, Blackfriars is billed as the oldest dining room in the UK, making it a deserved Newcastle institution.

This helps really make it a unique dining experience, and with British classics that you can't help but love - think: langoustine fishcakes, fondant potato, creamed leeks, roast pork belly, plum crumble, there's not a bad dish on the menu.

What I'd order: Terrine — Pork Belly — Stick Toffee Pudding
Offer: Three Course Lunch £20, Two Course Dinner £20

You can find the full list of venues participating in NE1's Restaurant Week here - https://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/ne1-events/restaurant-week

Wherever you're heading to this year, be sure to tip your server if you've enjoyed your experience, and as always, share your favourite dishes on social with @newcastlene1 and see where I get to at @newcastle_eats.

A huge thanks to Jeff from Newcastle Eats for his wonderful wisdom and mouthwatering recommendations for this January's Restaurant Week. To read more from Jeff, head over to his website, www.newcastleeats.co.uk.

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