Newcastle Restaurant Week announces dates and over 100 participating restaurants

NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week returns between January 16 to 22 2023, and is on course to be “record breaking” with 116 of Newcastle’s finest eateries signed up to take part, more restaurants than ever before in the event’s 12-year history.

The week is already “one of the busiest and most popular” in the city’s hospitality calendar, with diners enjoying meals for £10, £15, or £20 per person across the city.

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 restaurant scene will be joining, including the newly relaunched Chart House on the Quayside, Pepo on Pilgrim Street and Thali Tray in its new home at Bealim House.

Another ‘Premier League’ signing for this January’s Newcastle Restaurant Week is Newcastle United Football Club. St James’ Park will kick off its debut event by offering diners a “carefully curated” tasting menu in a pitch-view room, with the club’s hospitality team delivering an “immersive dining experience for both foodie and football fans”.

In 2022, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week delivered a £1.5m boost for participating businesses, with August’s event breaking records for economic impact, with over £850k generated and more than 50,000 diners across the week.

Chef and restaurateur Terry Laybourne, of 21 Hospitality Group, commented: “January is the perfect time to forget the hangover festive blues and celebrate the great food and wines offered by the best of Newcastle’s restaurants.

“Today’s Newcastle Restaurant Week bears little resemblance to the original event which began when we were among only 13 restaurant operators. It has expanded beyond all recognition to reflect the quality and diversity of venues and cooking on offer around the city.”

Molly McHenry, marketing manager at NUFC, added: “We’re excited to be offering an exclusive tasting menu for the first time at St. James’ Park for NE1 Restaurant Week. It’s a great opportunity for people to visit the stadium and enjoy a delicious meal with a pitch view. We’re expecting our menu to be really popular so advise booking your table early!”

Rachel Barlow, marketing and events manager at NE1 Ltd, concluded: “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.”

By Matthew Neville – Correspondent, Bdaily

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