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Our top picks ahead of Newcastle’s restaurant week

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Newcastle’s restaurant week returns this summer from the 8th to the 14th of August. It’s set to be bigger than ever before!

The twice-yearly event is highly anticipated. It’s a great chance for everyone to try out local food spots at fantastic, affordable prices.

This is the 21st time restaurant week has ran and it’s extremely popular. NE1 now reports that this event boosts the local economy by more than £600,000 every time it’s held!

We’ve narrowed down our top picks so you can pick between the best places to celebrate Newcastle restaurant week.

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Scream for Pizza:

This popular pizza spot has two great offers during restaurant week.

For £10 you can get any slice of pizza, the choice between an ‘I Scream Sundae’ or an ‘I Scream Cone’ and a dip and a soft drink.

For £20 you can get any big pie, two dips, and either two house alcoholic drink or one ‘I Scream Sundae’ to share.

If you haven’t tried the famous pizza slices you are truly missing out! And now is the perfect time to get yourself a delicious slice of pizza and an unmissable deal.

They have lots of choice of toppings, from Lamb Fender (Baharat sauce, mozzarella, lamb kofta, red pepper, tzatziki and parsley) to Truffle in Paradise (vegan truffle cream, mushrooms, caramelised fennel and roasted pumpkin seeds). You’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Aveika:

Situated on the Quayside, you can have yourself a delicious 3 course meal for only £20 (and 2 courses for £15).

This Japanese restaurant and sushi bar serves up Asian inspired cuisine, offering a creative and unique menu. Their offer extends throughout all of August 2022 (excluding Saturday evenings).

You can choose between chicken katsu sushi, salmon nigiri, tempura vegetables and many other options to start. For main, we were particularly drawn to the teriyaki chicken robata marinated in soy, garlic, garlic, mirin, sake and coriander.

It really is an offer you can’t afford to miss out on.

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Top 10 cocktail bars in Newcastle upon tyne

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Newcastle is well known for being a city with great night life. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that the city is filled with great bars and restaurants – no wonder it’s difficult to choose where to go. We’ve narrowed it down to just 10 amazing cocktail bars in Newcastle City Centre that are definitely worth a visit!

1/ Horticulture

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Offering over 40 different types of espresso martini’s, Horticulture is an essential spot for cocktail and coffee enthusiasts. Situated just off Grey’s Street on Market Lane, this small, cosy bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink (or a few). They also have a terrace and regularly host DJs.

 

In light of the festive period, they’ve recently introduced a new cocktail to add to their extensive menu: a toasted marshmallow espresso martini.

2/ The Botanist

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Located in one of Newcastle’s most iconic spots, right in the centre of town with a great view of Grey’s Monument, The Botanist is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy your surroundings. The interior is guaranteed to impress with a large glass dome covered in fairy lights, and the cocktail menu is great too.

 

They also have an outdoor terrace and offer a food menu if you get hungry. At the moment, their menu is filled with some festival specials like snow goose (a mix of baileys, grey goose vodka and white chocolate liquor), black forest martini, and a chai spiced espresso martini.

3/ Barluga

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Renowned for its popular alfresco terrace (still open over the winter period), Barluga is a great place to enjoy a drink in Newcastle.

 

The cocktail menu is extensive with new additions added regularly – take the blood orange daiquiri with Havana rum, mango, blood orange syrup and lime. They’ve already decorated the inside with lots of Christmas decorations to create the perfect, cosy, and festive atmosphere this winter.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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TOP 5 SUNDAY ROASTS IN THE NORTH EAST

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Autumn is well and truly upon us, which means it’s also the perfect time of year for a comforting Sunday roast. There is nothing more welcoming than a warming Sunday lunch to cope with the darker, cooler nights. The North East has plenty of great spots for you to try and we’ve highlighted some of the most popular and most delicious.

BRANCHES

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First up is Branches, a restaurant on the popular Osborne Road in Jesmond. They offer a contemporary elegant dining experience in their stylish, modern dining room with high quality produce sourced from local suppliers (all their meat for the Sunday dinners is sourced from a family farm and butcher that farms in Nidderdale, Moors and Vales.)

 

Their Sunday lunch menu is priced at £19.95 for one course, £29.95 for 2 and £31.95 for three courses. The main Sunday roasts come with crispy duck fat roast potatoes, freshly made Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese and lots of vegetables. They offer chicken breast, beef, pork loin and also butternut squash risotto as a vegetarian option.

 

Finish off your delicious Sunday roast with a traditional and comforting British classic, sticky toffee pudding. Or, try out their blackberry and fig cheesecake complete with cinnamon marmalade, blackberry compote and spiced baby figs.

 

Their menu is also updated and changed regularly.

 

NEST

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Next is Nest, offering indulgent dining in a relaxing and comfortable environment. They specialise in tasting menus throughout the week but offer roast dinners between 12-4pm on Sundays. Two courses are priced at £20 whilst three courses are £25. The restaurant can be found on Chillingham road in Heaton.

 

As well as offering the traditional beef, lamb, and pork Sunday lunches, they also offer different options for those in your group who don’t fancy a roast. These include handmade ricotta tortellini and pan-seared stone bass.

Nest are also renowned for their wine menu, collaborating with an excellent wine supplier, they have lots of interesting wines to enjoy with your Sunday roast.

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