Partying can make you peckish – and with 64,000 festival-goers heading to Radio 1’s Big weekend, we’ve rounded up the best places to eat and drink in Middlesbrough.
The sell-out event, on May 25 and 26, in Stewart Park, will see artists from all over the world take to the stage – including Miley Cyrus, The 1975 and Little Mix head-lining the two-day event.
Make sure you don’t go hungry. Pop-by one of our favourite eateries in the area so that you’re refuelled and ready for another day of revelling or carry on partying into the night at one of the many pubs, cocktail bars or sophisticated wine bars that Middlesbrough has to offer.
Recently refurbished, La Pharmacie’s new menu is largely dedicated to the finest cuts of locally sourced meat you can find, matured for 40 days in a meat locker. Whether you’re after a three-course meal, or just some nibbles to share between friends, La Pharmacie is the perfect place to chill-out with a cocktail. There is also a lighter lunch menu on offer every day of the week.
Sit on the rooftop terrace overlooking Albert Park while you tuck into one of the tasty options that Café Central Park has to offer. Dig into one of Middlesbrough’s famous parmo’s, munch on Mexican cuisine or try something off of the vegetarian and vegan menu. Gluten-free foodies, there’s a menu especially for you, too.
Stop by Fellini’s for some award-winning Italian food. Try the renowned pizza and pasta menu and pair it with a glass of wine, or two. If you have a favourite pasta dish of your own, the chefs will be happy to recreate it for you. Gluten free pasta is always available, and children can eat for free.
Try something Thai. The Copperstone offers an assortment of authentic Asian food, from satay skewers to start, to everyone’s favourite, the Thai green curry. For the fussier foodies, there is also a British inspired menu featuring rump steak and fish and chips, alongside a menu for the children.
The meat-eaters dream in Middlesbrough. The options are endless, plunge your teeth into a bad-boy burger, or pull-apart messy burritos. If you’re feeling really hungry, have a go at the meat-eating challenge for a chance to appear on the wall of fame. The restaurant also offers an exclusive vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu.
If you want something more intimate, The Curing House is a small independent charcuterie bar and restaurant situated in an old terraced house. There is an extensive brunch and dinner menu, with a focus on quality cured meat and cheeses. On Sunday, it also offers a three-course lunch menu for £20.
Stop by Macy Brown’s cocktail bar for a Long Island Iced tea or an exotic piña colada – or even try one of its very own concoctions on the menu. The Bailey’s cheesecake Martini is bound to get your taste buds going. Give it a go, and play heads and tails at the bar for a chance to win 50% off your bill at the weekends.
Whether cocktails, mocktails, gin or cider is your thing, The Nuthatch has it all. Offering an endless menu of signature cocktails with a twist, there is an insta-worthy drink for everyone. If you don’t fancy anything on the menu, the friendly bar team will be happy to rustle up something just for you. Not forgetting the gin-lovers out there, create your own, with over 40 different gins, 12 mixers and 17 garnishes to try, the possibilities are endless.
The 20 year old Dickens Inn is perfect for anytime of the day or night, whether you want to carry on partying, or need to nurse your heavy head the morning after, there are four renowned venues all under one roof, including a coffee bar and a cocktail bar as well as offering wine tasting masterclasses. The ever-expanding establishment is perfect to cater for the whole party.
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