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Everything You Need To Know About… NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week

NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week is almost upon us so here's a handy guide to making the most of it

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The Broad Chare

We can hardly believe the second Restaurant Week of 2023 is almost here and all the indications are that this could be the biggest and best yet. In case you haven’t got involved with the tastiest of all Tyneside celebrations before – or forgot how it all works – here’s a refresher!

What is it?

Twice a year, NE1 hosts Newcastle Restaurant Week, a seven-day celebration of the city's food scene (a scene that Which? Magazine recently named as one of the best in the UK). For that week, more than 110 restaurants in the city offer meals at a heavily discounted price - £10, £15 and £20 - throwing open their doors to people who might not have had a chance to try them yet. This is Restaurant Week’s twelfth year and January’s edition was a huge success.

St Vincent St Vincent

What is NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week designed to do?

Restaurant Week serves a number of purposes: it gives a boost to the city’s restaurants; it gives you the public the chance to try out some restaurants or cuisines you might not have; and it adds to the massive buzz around our city’s brilliant restaurant scene.

In January this year, more than 58,000 diners took advantage of Restaurant Week offers and that generated more than £1 million for the restaurant industry (combined with last August, the total is nearer £1.8 million!).

When is it?

NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week runs from Monday August 7th to Sunday August 13th.

Dabbawal Dabbawal

Which restaurants are taking part?

This August, more than 110 restaurants are taking part. Some are old favourites – fixtures on the city’s food scene and long-time participants in Restaurant Week. We’re thinking places like Dabbawal, The Broad Chare and Sachins. But there are also new names – to the city and to Restaurant Week – like brand new Argentinian steak house Gaucho and Trap Food House, a new American style diner.  There are two welcome returns to the offer as well – St Vincent and The French Quarter, both shining lights in the foodie scene.

The range of restaurants – from intimate bistros to vibey burger joints – means that Restaurant Week can be whatever you want it to be: perfect for a get together with friends, a much-needed date night away from the kids, a family celebration or just a chance to treat yourself to something more than a cardboard sandwich for lunch.

Check out the full list of participating restaurants on NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week page.

The French Quarter The French Quarter

How much does it cost?

As usual, all participating restaurants offer discounts of either £10, £15 or £20 - covering everything from a selection of small plates to a full three-course meal depending on the restaurant. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you'll be able to enjoy some delicious food at a price you can afford.

How does it work?

It really couldn’t be simpler: find a restaurant you’d like to visit on NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week page and reserve a table via the specified booking instructions (usually via email, phone or the restaurant's website). Then all you have to do is turn up and chow down on some delicious food!

Can i bring the kids?

Every restaurant will have its own rules and ambience so it’s worth checking their website, but lots of places taking part in Restaurant Week are family-friendly.

Gaucho Gaucho

NE1’s Restaurant Week is a fabulous celebration of our city’s food scene, finally getting recognised as one of the best in the country. With so many participating restaurants offering so many diverse cuisines, there’s no reason why you couldn’t order a little slice of Italy on Monday, a fistful of New York on Wednesday and a bowl of something Japanese on Saturday, all at bargain prices!

So, stop by NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week page and get those tables booked!

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