Durham Restaurant Week returns January 26-February 2

Durham Restaurant Week will return January 26-February 2 with more than 30 venues across the city set to offer £5, £10, £15, £20 and £25 meal deals.

Many of Durham’s best venues will be part of the event, offering set price menus as well as a variety of other offers which have been put together for the event.

Durham BID organises two restaurant weeks each year, with the last event – in September 2023 –breaking records as many venues were completely booked up and had to add additional capacity to accommodate the influx of diners.

Paul Howard, Durham BID manager, said: “At one point our website was so overwhelmed with people checking out the deals, it crashed. We are hoping that January’s event – and our second event later this year – will be just as successful, helping to boost our local economy in particular at a time when it is usually quiet for the hospitality sector.”

Popular venues taking part in the first 2024 event include Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, which will offer 30% off the food bill during the week; Fat Hippo, which will offer a starter and main for £15; The Boatclub and Tomahawk Steakhouse, where three courses will cost just £20; and many more.

As well as bargain burgers and tapas, diners will also be able to visit Durham’s Michelin Guide-recommended restaurants, with both Coarse and Faru signed up for the event.

Craig Lappin-Smith, co-owner of Coarse, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in Restaurant Week again as it is always a busy one for us. It’s a great event for the city, helping to drive bookings for businesses during quieter periods. It also goes hand-in-hand with our ethos, to offer affordable dining to our customers, and it is an excellent incentive for people to dine out and enjoy their favourite restaurant or try somewhere new. We have always been fully booked during previous restaurant weeks and look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to Coarse.”

Newcomers to Restaurant Week include TGI Friday’s, Zizzi Italian Restaurant, and Northern Stores and Deli – formerly Discovering Durham CIC – which recently opened a new deli in Prince Bishops Place.

Matty Booth, co-owner of Northern Stores and Deli, said: “Since opening our doors to the new deli two months ago, we have had an excellent response. Being part of the Restaurant Week initiative allows us to showcase our excellent range of cakes we make in-house, using key ingredients from the producers we stock, as well as our new afternoon tea offering.”

For a full list of participating businesses visit www.lifeindurham.co.uk/restaurant-week

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