Restaurants across South Tyneside are preparing to cook up a storm after the announcement of the borough’s first official food festival.
The inaugural South Tyneside Restaurant Week, being launched by South Tyneside Council, will run from Saturday, October 3, to Saturday, October 10.
The restaurant scene around South Tyneside is one of the best in the North East, boasting everything from independent bistros and high street chains to cosy village pubs and riverside retreatsCoun Richard Porthouse, Mayor of South Tyneside
Dozens of restaurants across South Shields, Jarrow, Hebburn and Boldon are already signed up to take part.
Each has agreed to run a special two-course set menu as well as their usual offerings.
The discounted menus, and their prices, will differ from venue to venue, offering diners a chance to enjoy everything from pizza and pasta to curry and steak throughout the seven-day event.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, was joined by restauranteurs from South Shield’s Ocean Road to officially launch South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2015.
He said: “The restaurant scene around South Tyneside is one of the best in the North East, boasting everything from independent bistros and high street chains to cosy village pubs and riverside retreats.
“Our new Restaurant Week is designed to help showcase the wide range of options available across the borough and to encourage visitors from around the region to try something new or rediscover an old favourite.
“We also want as many restaurants as possible to sign up and take part.”
The new restaurant week forms part of a year-round programme of events designed by South Tyneside Council.
The aim of the new programme is to boost tourism across the borough.
Restaurants who want to sign up for South Tyneside Restaurant Week are asked to contact South Tyneside Council on 424 7971.
Further details can also be obtained by calling the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 424 7788.
Restaurants confirmed so far:
Jarrow Hall Cafe
Mambo Wine and Dine
New Crown Hotel
The Sea Hotel
The Customs House
The Black Horse
The Little Haven Hotel
The Sea Lodge pub
The Quality Hotel