Restaurant Week Returning With May Treats

A firm favourite with all those that enjoy eating out, Middlesbrough Restaurant Week returns at the start of May. So head on out and tuck in.

It is a chance to be enticed by one of the many special offers at the seventeen eateries signed up so for and maybe fall in love with a brand new venue. Middlesbrough’s food scene is better than ever, and with this year’s Restaurant Week – from Monday, May 1 to Sunday, May 7 – being the biggest yet, there has never been a better time to explore it.

From independent cafés and bar-restaurants to much-loved family favourites, Middlesbrough has a truly diverse dining offer that caters for all tastes. There will be a variety of special menus, limited edition dishes and excellent price offers in restaurants in the town centre. That all means that Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to take to the streets and prepare to sample what Middlesbrough has to offer.

The participating eateries, so far, are Al Forno, Akbars, Bedford Street Coffee, Dickens Inn, Eliano’s, Fellinis, Fork in the Road, Goodbody’s Eaterie, Holiday Inn Express, Khushi, Manjaros, Mohujos, Nosh, Pizza Hut (Middlesbrough), The Curing House, The Chairman,  The Dovecot.

So a great range, both in terms of menu and the type of venue. You might fancy the lively Bedford Street gastropub The Chairman or earlier in the day sample a different form of brew altogether at Bedford St Coffee. You can make it a  hat trick on the same street by booking a table at The Curing House.

Example of food from the smelteryThe Fork in the Road, an innovative not-for-profit restaurant that serves high end international cuisine while changing lives, is the perfect place for people who want to dine and make a difference. This venue has recently taken on the former chef of the much celebrated Michelin awarded The Star at Harome and maybe it was no coincidence went to top on TripAdvisor for the town.

Fork in the Road restaurant, Linthorpe Road Middlesbrough.
23/12/16 Pic Doug Moody Photography

There is stiff competition at the top end of dining, Al Forno has been up at the top of the charts for a decade. It is somewhere that always looks after the regulars as well as welcoming newcomers. Al Forno also sponsor the Teesside Tornado, Richard Kilty.

You could eat out every day during Middlesbrough Restaurant Week and never get bored, with cuisines ranging from Mexican and Best of British to African-Caribbean and Italian.

Flavours from around the world are on our doorstep, and there has never been a better time to try something new!

Middlesbrough is passionate about supporting local suppliers and producers, and many restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week are listed on the Growing Middlesbrough directory.

Guests will be able to enjoy their meal with the knowledge that they are contributing to the local economy in more ways than one.

With a record number of offers, this year’s Restaurant Week is not to be missed!

Sharon Thomas, Middlesbrough Council’s Director of Culture and Communities, said: “The last few years have seen Middlesbrough establish a regional reputation for first class culture and leisure, and eating out plays a key role in that offer.

“Our truly cosmopolitan range of independent restaurants, cafes, bistros and micro pubs is growing all the time, and there really is something for everyone.

“Restaurant Week 2017 is an open invitation to residents and visitors to enjoy fantastic food together with some unbeatable offers.”

For more information on the restaurants and their specials, visit www.lovemiddlesbrough.co.uk/restaurantweek

For information on restaurants supporting local food, visit www.growingmiddlesbrough.org.uk

Trashterpiece – Saturday

This Saturday is the only weekend opportunity to see musician/artist, Teesside voice, and so much more besides, Kingsley Chapman’s exhibition and statement Trashterpiece at the House of Blah Blah.
trashterpiece-introWith a bar and some amazing Boro memorabilia to see as well as the artwork then what better way to spend your pre-match build up to Boro v Burnley. Oh and amongst that memorabilia are the giant heads of Ravanelli and Emerson that paraded the Wembley turf in our cup finals season 1996/97. Now I know you are going to want to see them.
To my eyes this is an amazingly impressive exhibition. Paintings dripping in gold, fake velvet and oozing decadence from every pore. It is an exhibition that points fingers, foam fingers and asks questions. What does Teesside mean? What is the future of Teesside? Can we escape our past?
You can bathe in the nostalgia buzz and reminisce about your favourite former nightclubs whilst watching the ZDS Northern Final highlights; you know the one we actually won, with Bernie’s amazing pivot and goal.

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There are Boro and Teesside items festooning a special alter. Including a pin badge of Jet the Gladiator, no less.

trashterpieceOh and there is unique merchandise to buy, including t-shirts and tee towels.
Kingsley, as singer with the Chapman Family and then Kingsley Chapman and the Murder has never been shy in coming forward and making commentary about the local area. He is such a good and opinionated writer that he has scribed for many music and arts magazine and his opinion even courted by the NME.
trashterpiece-artThinking about, that last Christmas I commissioned Kingsley – posh way of saying, asked – to write me a piece for Fly Me To The Moon fanzine reflecting on his 2016 and the bigger picture (arty joke) for Middlesbrough and Teesside. His final piece was typically forthright and hard hitting but also very funny. It has made it onto some of the merchandise at the exhibition.

I will put his words up online later this week to give you a better sense of his viewpoint. But for now I want to promote this event on Saturday. If you don’t know the House of Blah Blah it is an amazing warehouse type venue, close to Middlesbrough Railway Station and almost under the A66 fly over. It is bang next door to Teesside Archives and opposite what was the Royal Exchange site. Once the main postal sorting office and now is an arts venue and performance space. Exchange House, Middlesbrough TS1 1DB
This event is 11-3pm this Saturday, 8th April. Get down and see the art, the Rav and Emmo heads and watch the ZDS Northern Final win v Aston Villa. Then you can head down to the Riverside for the first ever Fan Zone 12-3pm outside the North Stand. You cannot fall off for things to do pre kick off on Saturday.

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The First Hippo on the Moon – review

Our latest guest post comes from Lisa, who was lucky enough to be offered two complimentary tickets to The First Hippo on the Moon by Middlesbrough Theatre.


After reading David Walliams’ story to my nearly three year old, and not getting a very engaged response, I was unsure of what to expect from the theatre show.

As soon as we entered the theatre we were greeted by a friendly steward who helped us find our seats. The steward was great with my little girl, chatting away and engaging her in the experience from the outset.

The show opens to a simple yet beautifully created set, clearly depicting a jungle scene and a gigantic TV screen. The set immediately prompted questions and intrigue from my little girl, who appeared to be getting more excited and interested in what was about to happen around her.

As the jungle characters took to the stage, the audience both young and old were immediately impressed by the fun-filled, life-sized puppets. Each character was brought to life by the five talented actor-puppeteers, each having a clearly defined comedic personality, which had the audience laughing straight away.

The story unfolds as the hacked-off hippo called Sheila decides she’s going to give rich and famous fellow hippo Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III a run for his money in his dream of getting to the moon first. In a bid to stop Hercules from stealing the simple jungle dweller’s dream, Sheila and her friends hatch a plan to make sure Sheila gets to the moon first!

While Sheila moans and groans, her faithful friends work together to create a DIY rocket from the best jungle material. With a little advice from Bob the ape, the team set to work creating the mass of rocket fuel needed to send Sheila whizzing into space, which is a massive pile of poo!

While trying their best to create enough poo for Sheila’s expedition, the creatures begin to descend upon the audience in their hunt for more poo! Squeals of glee and laughter erupted from the children as the creatures collected the rest of the poo needed from their parents.

Throughout the show we also encountered a number of fun, musical theatre-style songs and dances, which helped keep the attention of the youngsters, as Sheila does eventually achieve lift off after the monsoons have finally stopped.

In the end, Sheila got to the moon, but not without blowing up her rocket. But she couldn’t get too excited as it turned out she landed on the moon at the same time as Hercules! Hercules is so busy boasting about the fame and fortune he’ll gain when he returns to Earth, he doesn’t realise that while letting Sheila back on his rocket, he’s left himself stranded on the Moon forever! Back on Earth, Sheila officially becomes the first hipponaut on the Moon….forgetting to tell anyone about leaving Hercules to be the only hippo on the Moon!


The stage adaptation of World Of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon will be touring the UK until July 2017. Find your nearest dates and venues on firsthippolive.com #FirstHippo
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The First Hippo on the Moon

#ETW17: English Tourism Week 2017

We kicked off English Tourism Week 2017 in style with the return of Orange Pip Market! It was of course, beautiful blue skies, and a massive turnout! With a crackin’ 26 traders, we ate ALL the food and drank way too much hot chocolate – we’re still dreaming of the artisan hot chocolate from Sprinkles of Yarm with homemade marshmallows *drools*

Vegan samosa

It wasn’t just Orange Pip Market for English Tourism Week, we were shouting about loads of other fabulous things to do in Middlesbrough.

Feeling hungry?

We love all our independents – shopping, food and all the other good things in life!

Out with the kids?

It’s a gorgeous, sunny day – let’s go to the park!

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Got your running shoes on? PS. check out the fabulous Love Middlesbrough run which you can download here – it’s a heart shape just like us! ❤️

Culture vulture?

Dorman Museum in spring

We’ve already told you all about our InstaMeet but we couldn’t resist sharing it all over again because we had such an awesome time!

We hope you enjoyed reading the English Tourism Week blog posts as much as we have enjoyed writing them. Shout out your suggestions in the comments below for where we should go next. Roll on English Tourism Week 2018…

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