Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

100 Eateries Sign Up for Restaurant Week

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

100 Eateries Sign Up for Restaurant Week

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NEWCASTLE Restaurant Week is returning for its 13th outing, with more than 100 eateries in the NE1 postcode area set to take part.

The popular week, organised by business development group NE1, will be from January 16 to 22.

Originally launched in January 2011 to help boost trade at what can be a traditionally quiet time for the hospitality industry, Newcastle Restaurant Week has blossomed into a biannual outing celebrating all that's good about the area's food and drink.

More than 350,000 diners are estimated to have participated in the past six years.

But this month's outing is set to be the biggest yet, with 100-plus restaurants opening their doors and offering menus for only PS10 or PS15 per head.

The rising number of participants reflects the dramatic growth of Newcastle's dining out scene, with 24 new outlets alone setting up home in the new Grey's Quarter at intu Eldon Square.

Newcastle now offers more restaurants per square foot than any other northern city.

Among the new names to sign up for the week are Chaophraya, which occupies the prime position at Grey's Quarter; and Dobson and Parnell, the latest venture from restaurateur Andy Hook, who has for many years run Newcastle's successful Blackfriars Restaurant and also has Hinnies in Whitley Bay, voted the best value eatery in The Journal's Secret Diner Awards 2016. Others taking part include As You Like It, Bonbar, Bealim House, Broad Chare, Cafe 21 at Fenwick, City Tavern, Earl of Pitt Street, Fat Hippo, Hop and Cleaver, Hotel du Vin, Lane 7, Pleased to Meet You, Sachins, Silk Room, The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay, Tyneside Bar Cafe and Vujon.

Stephen Patterson, director of communications at NE1, says records are set to be broken.

"We're delighted that so many of the venues at the new Grey's Quarter in intu Eldon Square were primed and ready to get on board - many of them expressed an interest and signed up even before they'd opened their doors.

"It is great that they all knew about NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week and didn't need persuading to join the event. It's also reaffirming to have Andy Hook, one of the founding restaurateurs of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week, sign up with his new restaurant, Dobson and Parnell, just weeks after the doors opened. …

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