The Curing House on Bedford Street, famed for its charcuterie boards and home-cured meats, is going totally vegetarian- for one night only.

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week and showcase some of head chef Joe Taylor’s meat-free dishes, the restaurant is hosting a dedicated vegetarian evening on Wednesday 17th May.

Although highly-regarded for its meat and fish dishes, all home-made by the kitchen team, The Curing House offers a variety of dishes for vegetarians and can make dishes to order.

The special event will offer a five-course menu for £25 and will include dishes such as:- squash, okra and chickpea tagine; oriental flavoured multi-grain risotto; and salted caramel tart with ginger and vanilla ice cream.

In addition, an accompanying ‘wine flight’ will be available to match each course for an additional £15 per person, featuring specially-selected wines from around the world.

Head chef, Joe Taylor, said: “There’s often a misconception that we don’t offer vegetarian dishes as we are known for our meat and fish, but that’s really not the case. That’s why we decided to hold this special night. It’ll give people the chance to try our range of vegetarian dishes and see what we can offer. We’ve put together a mix of flavours using a range of produce that we hope will give those opting to go meat-free something more exciting to try.”

The Curing House was the first restaurant to open as part of Middlesbrough town centre’s Bedford Street revival April saw it celebrate its first anniversary.

As Teesside’s first charcuterie bar and restaurant, it has become one of the North East’s leading eateries and has created 14 jobs for local people in the last year, including two apprentices the business is supporting through training programmes.

Other dishes on the menu at The Curing House include: – smoked-chicken breast burger with house-bacon and brie, various charcuterie boards, Ploughman’s lunches, roast North Sea cod cheeks, house corned-beef stew, homemade haggis Scotch eggs and butternut squash and tofu dahl with spiced nuts and salt-baked cauliflower bhajis.

Bookings can be made at http://www.thecuring.house/ or by calling 01642 802232