A NORTH EAST diner is giving customers an early Christmas gift, by offering meals for children for just 1p.

Davy Dukes American style diner – based at the Rivers Hotels, Gateshead – offers a range of US favourites including burgers, hotdogs, ribs and thick shakes.

The popular restaurant, which is open daily until 8pm, has fully embraced the festive spirit of giving and, for every full price adult meal bought from Monday to Friday, youngsters can dine from the children’s menu for a penny.

“We know Christmas is a hectic -and expensive – time so we thought this would be a great way for people to have a bit of family time in a great setting without breaking the bank,” said Sarah Gauthier, General Manager at the hotel.

The offer will run up until 21 December, with youngsters being able to select their meals from the Little League menu.

The special deal is not the only way the Rivers Hotel is making Christmas special, with plans for a fund-raising Christmas jumper day on 14 December.

“We are also collecting toy donations for Mission Christmas up until 17 December so anyone who would like to donate can drop them at the hotel,” said Sarah.

The hotel has also a full programme of festive events, with a cabaret night on 22 December including a three course dinner, live music and a disco at £18 a ticket and a Boxing Day panto at £7.

A family-friendly party is also planned for New Year’s Eve which includes an arrival drink and a drink of a midnight toast, festive buffet, dancing and children’s activities and entertainment.

Tickets are £22 for adults and £17 for children under 12. The hotel is also offering a range of accommodation packages for anyone who wants to stay the night.

“We’ve got a fantastic programme with something for everyone,” said Sarah.

For bookings or further information ring 0191 484 1421 or email reception@rivers-hotel.co.uk or visit www.rivers-hotel.co.uk