NE1’s Restaurant Week offers diners the chance to dine out in style for only £10 or £15 per head at some of Newcastle’s top restaurants.
More than 100 venues have signed up for this summer’s event including some newcomers who have opened in the city since the last Restaurant Week was held in January, including Banyan and The Maven, who were quick to get involved.
Inspired by New York and its original Restaurant Week concept, NE1 launched Newcastle Restaurant Week in 2011 to turn the spotlight on the city’s restaurant scene and encourage people to try out some of the city’s top restaurants for the first time, all for a fixed price menu. Newcastle Restaurant Week was the first of its kind in the UK and many other cities now copy the initiative, seeking to emulate Newcastle’s success.
The event was designed originally to boost trade at traditionally quiet times of the year in January and August but the event is now so popular that the weeks are among the busiest of the year for participating restaurants. Many of the restaurants become fully booked all week.
Last year, the event delivered a number of record breaking firsts; over £500,000 business boost was delivered for the participating venues; and almost 50,000 people dined out throughout the week. Results from participating restaurants showed an 11% year on year increase in trade during the week, making last year’s NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Weeks the most successful to date.
Ben Whitfield, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 Ltd said:
“Summer is always busy with the NE1 Summer in the City events programme and it is a great time to celebrate the great food on offer from the city’s best restaurants. It is one of our most popular events and is eagerly anticipated each January and August. The event has grown dramatically since its launch and reflects the expansion of the city’s restaurant scene – we now have more restaurants per square mile than any other Northern city, and the highest independent start up rate of any city outside London. We’re always delighted to welcome new restaurants into the fold and hope they have a successful week.”
Martin Wolstencroft, CEO of Arc Inspirations – owners and operators of the new Banyan restaurant said: “When we opened earlier in the year, we knew NE1 Restaurant Week was something we wanted to be a part of. We’re excited to be continuing to establish ourselves in Newcastle’s famous restaurant and bar scene and we look forward to welcoming new and returning customers to celebrate Newcastle Restaurant Week with us. With extensive food and drinks offerings including delicious ingredients from local suppliers, we hope to have something for everyone to enjoy.”
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Team NE1, Smooth Radio North East and Luxe magazine have teamed up to invite foodies of the North East to try out some of our Restaurant Week favourites, for free. Listen out for our five fabulous foodie prize draws during the breakfast show every day from Monday 29th July – Friday 2 August 2019 for your chance to win a delicious dinner for two during Restaurant Week the following week. Restaurants include The Muddler, Banyan, Miller & Carter, The Maven and Marco Polo. smoothradio.com/northeast
For details of all participating venues and to download NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week vouchers, visit: getintonewcastle.co.uk/ne1-events/restaurant-week