More than 100 restaurants are set to take part in NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week this month.
The event will take place from January 16 to 22 and is set to see foodies flock to the city to get their teeth stuck into £10 and £15 deals from all the venues involved.
The rising number of participants mirrors the growth of the city’s restaurant scene, 24 new restaurants are to open in the new intu Eldon Square Grey’s Quarter alone and Newcastle currently offers more restaurants per square foot than any other Northern city. New Thai restaurant Chaophraya and the recently launched Dobson and Parnell – the latest venture from award-winning restaurateur, Andy Hook – have signed up.
Andy, who also owns Blackfriars in Newcastle, said: “Blackfriars have been involved in NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week since the beginning. We were one of the 13 restaurants who made up the very first NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week six years ago and we’ve taken part ever since. “We love the added excitement the event brings to the city’s dining scene. We were quick to sign up our new restaurant, Dobson and Parnell for January’s event.We know how good it is to be able to welcome new diners into the restaurant so they can sample what’s on offer, knowing that they will enjoy a quality, premium dining experience at a fixed price. Many of our regular diners came to us first through NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week.”
Simon Wright, business manager at Chaophraya, said: “Diners visiting our restaurant throughout the week can expect panoramic views of the city, exceptional service, as well as two or three courses specially selected from our contemporary menu for either £10 or £15.”
The event continues to grow in popularity and status year on year. At the last count, over 350,000 diners had taken part in NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week since its launch in January 2011 with over 40,000 dining during last August’s Restaurant Week alone.
The idea for event came from New York, where twice a year diners get the chance to eat out at some of the city’s top restaurants for a fraction of the normal price.
Stephen Patterson, director of communications, at NE1 said: “NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is always an exciting time for Newcastle, but this January promises to beat all previous records with over 100 venues already signed up to take part.
“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. ” Due to the success of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week it is essential to reserve your tables as many restaurants will be fully booked across the week.