Pint of Science

We are bang in the middle of a festival of science that links Middlesbrough with cities across the world and brings science and scientists into the more homely and comfortable setting of the pub.

“Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings.”  The great thing from the audience point of view is that you don’t need any prior knowledge, and it is a real opportunity to meet the people who could be the future of science (and have a pint with them).

Pint of Science runs over a few days in May in cities throughout the world from Brazil to Australia to 21 locations in Britain, including Dickens Inn, Middlesbrough. Specific topics are selected and Pint of Science, Middlesbrough has opted for Planet Earth. Programmed here by Teesside University Dr Dave Errickson, this forensic archaeologist has opted for the broadest interpretation of Planet Earth including even North Yorks folklore and the mysterious Hobs.

Tonight, (Tues 16th May) in conjunction with Middlesbrough Local History Month we have Cooking Up Local Stories and Folklore with two local favourites, Middlesbrough Museum’s Phil Philo and BBC Tees Bob Fischer. Phil will be bringing Captain Cook’s natural scientists and their incredible finds under the 21st century microscope in Gotta Catch ‘Em All. Bob will be delving into the shadowy half world of the hobs and other mythical creatures that were a very real part of rural life for the people in North Yorks Moors as he goes Hobnobbing with the Hobs.

Tomorrow night (Wed 17th May) in the same Dickens Inn venue we fly off in two very different directions again.

Spacecraft: Writing in Another Dimension – poet Harry Man has collaborated with astrophysicists, neuroscientists and ecologists, creating new interdisciplinary work which is poetry Jim, but just not as we know it.

Explore how one poem began its journey here on Earth only to be blasted into space and placed in orbit around the planet Mars, and new frontiers in adventures in the English language that evolved into poems specifically designed for those with dyslexia, poetry without words, and poetry made to be read as it slowly dissolves into the ocean or melts in the open air.

Amy Carrick River Tees Officer with Tees Valley Wildlife Trust asks: How Many Bats Can You Fit in a Pint Glass? Answer, “At least 30 (but make sure you drink the beer first!)”

Amy will tell us about all the small mammals of the Tees Valley and what the Trust is doing to monitor them. Some questions she may or may not answer are: How do we know what bat is where and what they are jibbering on about? How do we know where otters like to chill out on their couches? How do we know what water voles have for their tea?

Expect plenty of visuals with all these talks and the chance to get up close and personal with ideas, myths, facts, science and the our planet earth.

Both fun and fact packed evenings are just £4 and can be booked ahead online to ensure you have a comfortable seat to listen and a space to park your pint. Doors 6:30pm. Event 7:00-9:00pm Pint of Science

 

 

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