Restaurants and cafes around Sunderland city centre and beyond are preparing for the city’s very first Restaurant Week, kicking off from tomorrow (September 24) to October 2.
The flavoursome week, led by Sunderland BID, will showcase the eclectic food offering in Sunderland, with many Egyptian, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai restaurants serving up special offers throughout the week, along with those who specialise in American favourites, desserts and ‘clean’ eating.
Around 50 restaurants will be taking part, along with many of the city’s bars and cafes are supporting the week, which will be offering special daytime discounts to entice visitors. A number of restaurants outside of the city centre, such as Karbon Grill at the new Hilton Garden Inn and Liberty Brown at Wessington Way, will also be showing their support.
Ken Dunbar, chief executive of Sunderland BID, is hoping the week will not only encourage the people of the city to visit new restaurants and return to old favourites, but that also food fans from further afield with make the journey.
“I think many people may be surprised at the variety of restaurants we have in Sunderland,” he said. “We have some superb, unique places to eat and we’re hoping that the first Eat Drink Sunderland Restaurant Week will give everyone the opportunity to explore what we have to offer.”
“It’s also fantastic to see so many restaurants from across the city agreeing to participate and we are fully confident this will be an annual event.”
Ian Wong, owner of leading Sunderland restaurant Asiana, said he was excited to be involved.
“It’s great to see Sunderland having its first restaurant week and Asiana is delighted to be taking part in it,” he said. “It will hopefully encourage lots of people to come into the city and enjoy the great places to eat we have here.”
The North East’s leading bakery and dessert delivery service, Sweet Tooth Delivery, will be running three special offers from its city centre shop, giving visitors the chance to eat cake and save money, including a £5 daytime deal, with which diners can enjoy any cake and hot drink, or any cheesecake and shake for a fiver.
There will also be two evening deals; two waffles and two soft drinks for £10 and a £15 offer of either any two cakes and any two brownies, or any four brownie batters or cookie doughs. All offers are for dine-in customers only.
“As soon as we heard that Sunderland was to stage its own Restaurant Week we knew we wanted to get involved,” said retail and marketing director, Kayley Smith.
“Since opening our city centre store the response has been incredible and it has far exceeded our expectations. This week is a great chance for regular and new customers to enjoy what we have to offer.”
Sweet Tooth Delivery also has stores in Durham City, Belmont in Durham and Middlesbrough, and is about to open a second Wearside store in Sea Road, Seaburn.
For further information about Eat Drink Sunderland Restaurant Week, visit experienceithere.co.uk