‘Taste Durham’ bids to boost restaurant trade

TUCKING IN: Frances and Katy Moiser, who are among those taking part in Taste Durham, with Melanie Sensicle on Palace Green in Durham.
TUCKING IN: Frances and Katy Moiser, who are among those taking part in Taste Durham, with Melanie Sensicle on Palace Green in Durham.
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A CAMPAIGN is aiming to be at the cutting edge as it entices people to take a seat at its top tables.

Tourism chiefs have seen an increase in the number of visitors to County Durham who say eating out is the main reason for their trip.

To capitalise on the trend, Visit County Durham has launched Taste Durham Month.

This sees cafes, bars and restaurants which hold the Taste Durham quality mark create dishes and tipples to tempt in customers.

The list of 21 treats can be found on thisisdurham.com, which also features stories of the county’s food heritage, including an insight into Beamish Museum’s part in offering people an experience of Edwardian fish and chips and a series of deals available throughout the month.

Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said: “A really excellent meal is one of those experiences that help create lasting, fond memories of a place. It’s for this reason that we have worked so hard to develop the Taste Durham scheme over the years, and why we are promoting it throughout September.

“With a fascinating food heritage and great local produce, much of which is at its best in September, it seemed the perfect time to launch the very first Taste Durham Month.”