Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.47.09Restaurants across South Tyneside are firing up their ovens, sharpening their knives and preparing to cook up a storm for the borough’s first official food festival.

The inaugural South Tyneside Restaurant Week, being launched by South Tyneside Council, will run from Saturday October 3 to Saturday October 10 2015.

Dozens of restaurants across South Shields, Jarrow, Hebburn and Boldon are already signed up to take part, with each agreeing to run a special two course set menu in addition to their usual offerings.

The discounted menus, and their prices, will differ from venue to venue, offering diners a chance to enjoy everything from pizza and pasta to curry and steak throughout the seven day event.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, was joined by restaurateurs from South Shield’s iconic Ocean Road – renowned for its Indian eateries and award-winning fish and chips – to officially launch South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2015.

He said:  “The restaurant scene around South Tyneside is one of the best in the North East, boasting everything from independent bistros and high street chains to cosy village pubs and riverside retreats.

“Our new Restaurant Week is designed to help showcase the wide range of options available across the borough and to encourage visitors from around the region to try something new or rediscover an old favourite.

“We also want as many restaurants as possible to sign up and take part.”

South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2015 forms part of a year-round programme of events designed by South Tyneside Council to boost tourism across the borough.

For more information, including details of those taking part, visit www.visitsouthtyneside.co.uk, search South Tyneside Events on Facebook, or follow STynesideEvents on Twitter.

Restaurants who want to sign up for South Tyneside Restaurant Week are being asked to contact South Tyneside Council on 0191 4247971.

Further details can also be obtained by calling the South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre on 0191 424 7788.