Tuesday 19 July 2016

A Guide to Newcastle Restaurant Week 2016

Being a bit of a foodie Newcastle Restaurant Week is always an event that I clear the diary for. I love having a great excuse to eat out loads in one week and try to take the opportunity to try new places that I've not been to before.

This Summer Newcastle Restaurant Week runs from Monday 8 August to Sunday 14 August and the rather epic list of restaurants taking part has just been released. This year sees over 85 of the city's best restaurants taking part with many offering the much loved 2 courses for £10/3 courses for £15 deal.

You can find all of the deals here, but if you are struggling on where to book (and please do make sure you book ahead as tables go fast!) here's just a few of my recommendations and my menu highlights.


The Deal: 2 courses and a selected drink for £15
My Menu Highlight: Peking Pizza

You have no idea how happy I am that one of my favourite Gusto dishes appears on their Restaurant Week menu, I'm completely obsessed with the Peking Pizza so if you're planning to visit Gusto during Restaurant Week make sure you give it a try. Gusto is one of my favourite places in Newcastle to eat - the restaurant is beautiful, the staff are so attentive and as for the food, it's always so good.


The Deal:2 courses for £10, 3 courses for £15
My Menu Highlight: Rich Chocolate Pave with Orange Posset

Bonbar is somewhere I actually discovered through Restaurant Week. Before that day I'd always seen Bonbar as a bar to go and drink - but then I saw the Restaurant Week menu and the rest is history. The food at Bonbar is so good and it seems to be a bit of a secret. If you're yet to give it a go then book yourself a table for Restaurant Week.

The Bottle Shop Bar and Kitchen

The Deal: 2 courses and a selected drink for £15
My Menu Highlight: Blueberry and Lemon Mille Feuille

Regular readers will know that I've already been very much banging the Bottle Shop drum. It's one of my favourite discoveries of the year so far and if you still haven't got round to visiting yet then let Restaurant Week be your chance. Remember that amazingly good dessert I've been talking about? It's on the Restaurant Week menu - don't make me tell you twice!


The Deal: 2 courses for £10, 3 courses for £15
My menu highlight: Pan Haggerty, Summer Cabbage, Poached Hen's Egg, Sage and Mustard Cream

Dining at Blackfriars was actually my very first ever Restaurant Week experience when I moved to Newcastle in 2013, and it seems I started off with the very best. I love Blackfriars - the building is beautiful, the atmosphere is wonderful and the food is outstanding. Sourcing the very best produce from around the North East, you're guaranteed to leave with a very happy tummy.

Turtle Bay

The Deal: 2 courses for £10, 3 courses for £15
My Menu Highlight: Run Down

I'm not the biggest fan of chain restaurants but Turtle Bay is one of the few that I really do enjoy (so much so I'm actually there again this week!) and I've been recommending it to anyone that'll listen since it opened in Newcastle. The one pots are so good!

I could sit here typing away all day about my favourite restaurants in Newcastle that are taking part in this year's Restaurant Week, believe me this selection is just a very small handful.

I recommend you study each menu carefully to see which one takes your fancy, book yourself a table in advance and don't be afraid to try out somewhere new.

As for me? Well, you'll just have to wait and see which restaurant I end up in.


  1. Oh I can't wait to see where you end up - I've just finished writing my restaurant week post and Lane 7 is the best deal I think - although you've just eaten there so maybe not for you this time!

    I think you should go for cafe 21 or Cafe Vivo :D

  2. I'm really excited for restaurant week this year!

    Katie x

  3. Revolution and Scalinis also do a great Peking pizza! I know they're not part restaurant week but still good places to try. I'll have to get reading the menus :) x

  4. So gutted we are away for restaurant week. Desperate to try turtle bay!


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