Sunderland Restaurant Week is returning for 2022 this week! The iconic celebration of food is serving up a fantastic opportunity for thousands of people across the city to head into Sunderland and to try out new city centre restaurants and established favourites.
The city’s food scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, which is great news for hungry foodies. With cuisines ranging from Mexican to Italian, from Chinese to Indian those hitting the city streets are really spoilt for choice!
Sunderland Restaurant Week which runs from 12 – 20 March has some amazing venues signed up including favourites such as Angelo’s Ristorante, Asiana, No2 Church Lane and Port of Call.
Each restaurant, bar or pub across Sunderland will have deals at £5, £10 or £15 offering a range of 1, 2 or 3 course meals.
The event, which is organised by Sunderland BID is now in its sixth year and is always one of the most popular weeks on the city calendar. Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said: “Sunderland Restaurant Week is always a brilliant experience and it puts a focus on the really exciting food scene we have in the city.”
“We have so many great places to eat and the event not only flags this up to people who live in Sunderland but also brings visitors from outside of the city to take advantage of the offers, which gives a huge boost to the local economy.”
Where are you fancying trying this week?
You can check the whole list of restaurants who are involved and download your voucher here!
Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration
Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.
The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.
According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.
A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.
“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.
“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”
The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”
Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022
Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.
Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.
The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.
Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.
“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.
“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”
Best Children Activities in the North East
Looking for a way to entertain the kids for the day? Well, lucky for you, we have rounded up the best children activities in the North East.
From donkeys and pigs to mice and rabbits, expect to meet all your favourite farm animals and more! Whitehouse Farm is also home to striped skunks, marmoset monkeys, harris hawks, bearded dragons, curly haired tarantulas – the list could go on and on. We won’t tell you them all, so there’s still plenty to be surprised by. However, we can’t resist telling you, you are in for a treat as you will even have the chance to handle and feed the animals!
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