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04th January 2019 Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Newcastle’s Restaurant Week is back with a record-breaking 100 eateries taking part

NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is back for January 2019 with another serving of special offers from top restaurants across the city.

Food lovers are looking forward to the event when it returns for a week-long run with a host of new Newcastle eateries taking part.

The 17th NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week takes place between 21 – 27 January 2019 with over 100 restaurants offering the traditional opportunity of dining in style for £10 or £15 per head.

Among the 100 plus restaurants signed up for the event are a number of newcomers who have opened in the city since the last Restaurant Week was held in August, including Umai Mi, who were quick to get involved only weeks after opening their doors.

Enjoy a chocolate brownie dessert at Blackfriars

Blackfriars restaurant is taking part in the NE1 Restaurant Week event

Some of the city’s top restaurants are also taking part including Blackfriars, Bealim House, Dobson & Parnell, El Coto, As You Like It, Sachins and Sabatini.

The Earl of Pitt Street is offering two courses for £15 from a special menu here; Fuego in Fenwick Food Hall will have two courses on offer for £10 or three for £15, see here; curry masters Sachins in Forth Banks will have a pick of two courses and a side dish for £15; and Japanese restaurant Fujiyama in Bath Lane has created a menu of eight dish courses for £15.

Inspired by New York and its original Restaurant Week concept, NE1 launched Newcastle Restaurant Week in 2011 to turn the spotlight on the city’s restaurant scene and encourage people to try out some of the city’s top restaurants for the first time, all for a fixed price menu.  Newcastle Restaurant Week was the first of its kind in the UK and many other cities have adopted the initiative, seeking to emulate Newcastle’s success.

The event was designed to boost trade at traditionally quiet times of the year in January and August but is now so popular and anticipated that the week is among the busiest of the year for participating restaurants and sees many of the restaurants fully booked all week.

Last January, the event delivered a number of record breaking firsts for participating restaurants, it hit the 100 milestone mark for those taking part, delivered a £500,000 business boost for the venues and saw almost 50,000 people dining out throughout the week.  Results from participating restaurants showed an 11% year on year increase in trade during the week making last January’s NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week the most successful to date.

You can try cuisine from all over the world during restaurant week for fabulous prices

Ben Whitfield, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said: “Newcastle Restaurant Week is one of the most popular events in NE1’s annual events calendar and is eagerly anticipated each January and August.  We originally launched the event in answer to an appeal from the city’s restaurants to devise a solution to help drum up business at traditionally quiet times of the year.   We’ve more than solved this problem with the two Restaurant Weeks now among the busiest weeks of the year.”

“We launched the initiative with only 13 restaurants and it has grown dramatically ever since, mirroring the expansion of the city’s restaurant scene, which now has more restaurants per square mile than any other Northern city, and the highest independent start up rate of any city outside London. We’re always delighted to welcome new restaurants into the fold and hope they have a successful week.

Marketing and Design Manager at Umai Mi said: “We are so excited to be involved in our first NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week.  The event is so well established and provides an ideal opportunity for people to come and experience Umai Mi perhaps for the first time while enjoying the Restaurant Week offer of 3 courses for only £15 per head, which is great value.

“Umai Mi is a Pan-Asian restaurant, which literally means the 5th taste both delicious and tasty and we can’t wait for people to come and experience the restaurant and its sharing menu and to spread the word.  Being part of the Newcastle Restaurant Week experience will be an exciting challenge for our new restaurant but we are gearing up and can’t wait to welcome diners.”

Dobson & Parnell

Dobson & Parnell, Newcastle Quayside

To take advantage of the deals on offer this January, customers need to download vouchers at the NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week website where it announces the list of participating restaurants – and their individual menus and deals – from which they can make their pick.

Then it’s just a matter of placing their reservation with the restaurant – as quickly as possible as many of the top venues tend to book up fast.

See here for participating restaurants and information about how to download vouchers.


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Image credits: Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle; Dobson & Parnell; Dobson & Parnell, Newcastle Quayside

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