Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 16.44.32RESTAURANTEURS looking forward to this year’s Middlesbrough Restaurant Week have told of its increasing popularity and increased numbers of diners.

Foodies of Middlesbrough can look forward to delicious dishes aplenty when the week-long event returns this summer.

Taking place for seven days starting Monday, July 13, fourteen restaurants have signed up to the promotion, with both new and familiar faces taking part.

With a variety of cuisines available, diners are sure to find something they like from options including Italian, South Indian, American diner style, Caribbean, and Portuguese.

Diners will be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones and try something new, or revisit an old favourite, with exclusive menus and deals on offer.

Restaurants taking part are Akbars, Al Forno, Bahia Bistro, Central Park, Dosa Houze, Kebabish Original, La Pharmacie, Manjaro’s, Oodles Noodles, Pixies Diner, Purple Pig, Taste of Arabia, The Restaurant at Thistle and Uno Momento.

Joanne de Melo, of Bahia Bistro on Linthorpe Road, said: “We are very pleased to be taking part in Restaurant Week again this year, because it brings in new customers and promotes our business.

“Last time, our sales went up by about 15%, and even customers who had never visited our restaurant before were helping to spread the word about us.”

Liam Percy, of Al Forno on Southfield Road, said: “Restaurant Week is fantastic for Al Forno; we were really keen to get involved with it again this year and all the staff can’t wait!

“It’s our chance to shout about our restaurant and there’s a real buzz about the place during Restaurant Week.

“It’s always great to meet new diners and it’s even better to see them returning on a regular basis.”

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Middlesbrough’s already well known for its diverse range of restaurants and bistros, and Restaurant Week is a great showcase for that offer.

“I’d urge any restaurants not signed up to get involved in this exciting initiative – we know from last year’s event that those taking part benefited from the promotion and saw an increase in business.”

Restaurant Week 2015 – in partnership with the Growing Middlesbrough local food initiative – runs from Monday, July 13 to Sunday, July 19.

  • Any Middlesbrough restaurant interested in taking part or want further information contact Lisa Williams on 01642 729225.