Which Teesside Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes Are Taking Part In The 'Eat Out To Help Out' Scheme?

17 Jul 2020


The Ship at Redmarshall

Just when we thought that the lockdown restrictions couldn't get any better, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on July 8th 2020 that a brand new scheme will be put in place for August - the Eat Out to Help Out initiative. This has been designed to encourage people to get back out there and support restaurants, pubs and cafes whilst saving a bit of money. To put it simply, if you spend £20 or less per head on a meal, the government will pay for half (if you spend over £20 each, the government will only take off £10 per head). Sounds too good to be true, right?

You guys know that I'm all about shouting for the independents and local businesses, so I think that the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is going to be brilliant for Teesside. To help you guys plan out your date nights, family dinners or 'just because' meal out, I thought that I'd put together a guide with all the places that are taking part in the initiative in our area. But first, let me tell you a bit more about Eat Out to Help Out.

This scheme is a brand new, never-seen-before thing for the UK and will run from August 3rd to August 31st. It can only be used on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but you can use it as many times as you like throughout the month, so go wild! But not too wild because this discount doesn't cover alcoholic drinks.

I found the maths behind it a little bit confusing, but to put it in the most simple terms possible, the government will pay for half of your meal and the discount is capped at £10 per head, which means you should aim to spend £20 or less per person to get the full discount. If you exceed £20 or more each, you will only be able to have £10 each removed from the bill. So if a couple spent £80, meaning £40 each, only £10 will be reduced per person, so the bill would work out at £60.

Now on to the list! I've included a little bio for each place, plus their address and links, but if you'd like to see a more condensed list, please click here. If you're a business owner and would like to be added, send me a DM or an email. Or if you're a business owner and would like to register your restaurant, pub of cafe, click here.

The Chairman

MIDDLESBROUGH


Baker Street Kitchen
One of my favourite spots for an all-day brekkie or a sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries! This is a fabulous eaterie in the centre of Boro, so great if you've been out to the shops or if you want somewhere that has plenty of parking in neighbouring streets.

Victoria House, 159 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2PX. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Sticky Fingers
The Hard Rock Cafe of Middlesbrough! This bar and restaurant boasts rock-themed decor, a menu of burgers, pizzas and pies, plus a wide selection of beers, cocktails and coffees. It's the place to be when their live music nights and quizzes start up again!

152-154 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RB. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Prickly Pear Bistro
A beautiful bistro tucked away in an unlikely location, but with free parking and a gorgeous menu to boot. Choose from Asian-inspired cuisine or browse the menu of 35 parmos (yes, 35 different types!) and soak up the atmosphere in the garden-themed decor.

The TAD Centre, Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 7SF. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Oven
This restaurant prides themselves on using fresh, British produce to make delicious homecooked food with full flavour and stunning style. Enjoy your meal in plush, comfortable surroundings, a mile away from the busy Linthorpe Road bustle, and explore the varied menu!

202-204 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3QW. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Tea House
If you fancy something a little less forma;, you need to visit The Tea House, a cosy and cute tea room in the town centre. Complete with over 60 variety of teas, freshly baked cakes (which are to die for, by the way), and kitsch decor, this is a great place to unwind and lose yourself in a steaming cuppa.

86-88 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LS. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Copperstone
Linthorpe Village is slowly, but surely, becoming a hotspot for foodie evenings and one of the most fabulous offerings in the area is The Copperstone. This restaurant serves up authentic Thai and Asian fusion dishes, as well as a special Thai-inspired parmo! This is definitely somewhere to try if you want something different from the usual burger meal out.

4-12 Stonehouse Street, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HR. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Alkaline Kitchen
Alkaline Kitchen is completely different to anything else on this guide because it's 100% vegan! Their colourful dishes have taken Instagram by storm and absolutely all of them are plant-based, so this is a great spot if you want to try something new or eat something that suits your diet.

15 Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1PQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Fellini's
I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good Italian restaurant and Fellini's is one of the most loved in Middlesbrough. It's the winner of multiple awards, offers sustainable seafood dishes, as well as Italian classics and charcuterie, so it's a brilliant spot if you're dining with fussy eaters or you just fancy some really good nosh!

325 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6AA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Central Park
This spot is a firm favourite in Boro, thanks to its location by Albert Park and it's humongous menu. Seriously, if you want choice, choice is what you'll get at Central Park. They're famed for their parmos, have a rooftop terrace for golden hour dining and offer seating for bucketfuls of people, so you can be sure that you'll have lots of socially distant space.

337 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6AA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Peri Peri Original
As the name might suggest, Peri Peri Original on Linthorpe Road is primarily a chicken restaurant, so, of course, there are parmos a-plenty, plus chicken burgers, grilled chicken and so much more. But if chicken isn't your thing, don't panic! You can also grab steaks, platters, lamb kofta - the possibilities are endless!

184 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RF. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Sweet Treats Dessert Lounge
If you take a look at the address for this spot, you'll see that it's the same as Peri Peri Original. That's because the lovely family behind the chicken restaurant opened a dessert lounge in the same building - so convenient! Whether it's ice cream, waffles or cake you're after, head upstairs and see what's on offer. Their cakes look absolutely phenomenal!

184 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3RF. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Olivello Ristorante
Olivello is another firm fave in Boro and you can find it right at the end of the Linthorpe Road stretch. This is an Italian restaurant, so you can expect pizzas, pasta and risottos, but also parmos and burgers to die for. It's no surprise that this is such a popular spot!

477 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6HX. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Mill (Stokesley)
This modern pub is nestled in the beautiful village of Stokesley and serve up all the pub classics that you know and love, like pies, fish and chips, burgers and steaks. They also do some incredible sharing platters - the duck pancake-inspired board sounds impossibly good! This is the spot to try if you want that familiar pub feel and fantastic food.

2A Springfield, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5ER. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Il Mulino (Stokesley)
Il Mulino is the sister to The Mill (it's literally the Italian translation!), but serves up the most delicious homemade Italian food instead. In their words, it's the perfect place to dine, relax and get together with family and friends, all while tucking into pizza, pasta, antipasti and so much more!

Church House, 30 College Square, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5DN. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Chadwicks Inn (Maltby)
Situated in a quiet village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, Chadwicks Inn Maltby is a traditional country pub with an award-winning restaurant. Fine dining dishes, a cosy pub setting and stunning rural surroundings - it sounds incredible, doesn't it? This is a perfect choice for a date night!

High Lane, Maltby, Middlesbrough, TS8 0BG. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.


Source: Borge

STOCKTON


Ristorante Caruso
This little Stockton-based Italian restaurant has stood the test of time and has continued to serve food for close to 40 years! With a relaxed atmosphere and authentic dishes, this is a great choice for all of the family. This is somewhere that we visited a lot when I was a kid, so it's got lots of nostalgia for me.

5 Varo Terrace, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1JY. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Vadah
Looking for a restaurant with a view? Look no further than Vadah, the gorgeous Indian restaurant that sits right on the River Tees. The minds behind this eaterie aim to re-create traditional Indian cooking with a 21st century twist and gorgeous presentation. Eating here is a real experience!

24 Castlegate Mill, Riverside, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1BZ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Al Forno (Ingleby Barwick)
Al Forno was one of those well-loved places in Boro and everyone there knew about it, so we were gutted when it was announced that it was closing! But luckily, you can visit this restaurant in Ingleby Barwick instead and enjoy the same delicious menu. Choose from a huge range of pizzas, pasta, parmos and so much more.

Unit 11/12 Sandgate Park Shopping Centre, Bancroft Drive, Stockton-On-Tees, TS17 5AA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Ship (Redmarshall)
A personal fave of mine, The Ship is slightly outside of Stockton in Redmarshall, but it's worth the drive out! Owned by the same family that run Prickly Pear Bistro, you'll be able to find the same 35 parmos, plus delish pub favourites and a very well-stocked bar.

14 Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 1EP. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Borge
I'm pretty sure that every Teessider has eaten at Borge at least once in their lives and it's so exciting that this town favourite is participating in the scheme! They've won the top parmo award for several years in a row now, plus they serve up a whole host of classic Italian dishes.

50 Yarm Lane, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1ER. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info. 

Carpaccio
This gorgeous little Italian restaurant is all about serving up authentic Mediterranean food and vibrant cuisine. If it's fast food you're looking for, this isn't the place for you! These dishes are fresh, wholesome and downright delicious. This is a great spot if you're wanting to eat in the town centre.

41 Dovecot Street, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1LJ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Hope & Union
I absolutely love a sneakily hidden eaterie, which is exactly what Hope & Union is! This bar and kitchen is tucked away on Silver Court, but it's worth stumbling upon as they do the most delicious burgers, fish and parmos, plus cask ales, beers and premium spirits. Plus, they're doing a fixed menu alongside the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, so they've done all the thinking for us!

9-10 Silver Court, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1SX. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Cafe Sapore
Cafe Sapore is another little hidden gem and you can find it on a parade of shops in Hartburn Village. But don't be fooled by the location - this little bistro is another world away! This restaurant serves up a variety of seasonal dishes for lunch, dinner and Sundays with a bit of a continental spin, plus a dessert menu to die for (hello, vanilla panna cotta with marmalade curd?!).

4 Harper Parade, Hartburn, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 5EQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Vane Arms (Thorpe Thewles)
On the way out of Stockton, towards Sedgefield, you'll find the little village of Thorpe Thewles, home of The Vane Arms. The menu at this place sounds totally incredible and they use locally sourced, fresh ingredients in all of their dishes. This cosy country spot would be the perfect place to treat yourself to a three course dinner - trust me, there's something for everyone on their menu!

The Village Green, Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 3JU. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Smiths Arms (Carlton)
The Smiths Arms is a beautiful village pub and is the focal pint of Carlton Village, just between Stockton and Sedgefield. It's got a whole host of tasty homemade food on the menu, including the classic Teesside parmo, of course, plus a wide range of drinks. So why not take a little country walk, then indulge in some pub grub?

Thorpe Road, Carlton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 1EA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Remember Me Tea Rooms
If you love a bit of afternoon tea or kitsch decor, you'll love Remember Me Tea Rooms in Stockton. This little tea room serves up a fantastic selection of sandwiches and bagels, as well as homemade cakes, scones, pastries and bucketloads of tea. This is a lovely quiet spot just off the High Street, so it's brilliant if you've been out shopping and need a little tea break.

5 Finkle Street, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1AR. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.


BILLINGHAM


The Peppermill Bistro
Family and good food are at the heart of everything that The Peppermill Bistro do, which just oozes from the dishes they create. With over 50 years of experience behind them, the family and their fabulous team of staff strive to provide a cosy environment, great service and food that will leave you coming back for more. You've got to try their sweet potato soup with onion bhaji 'croutons'!

42 Station Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS23 1AB. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

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GUISBOROUGH


Cookfella's Eatery & Wine Bar
If you want a menu with lots of choice and cuisines, give Cookfella's in Guisborough a go. This restaurant and wine bar offers up a whole host of starters, sharing platters, an impressive main menu, as well as lunch and desserts. You can also expect everything to be cooked up using fresh ingredients from local suppliers, so it's a great choice to support the area!

63 Church Street, Guisborough, TS14 6HG. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Priory Bistro
In a perfectly positioned sun trap, The Priory Bistro is a great place to visit and watch the world go by. They're another fantastic spot if you're looking for somewhere that uses locally sourced and fresh ingredients, and whether it's a light lunch or an evening meal you want, this little indie bistro has it all!

2 Chaloner Mews, Guisborough, TS14 6QD. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Nellie's Pancake House
Owned by the lovely people behind The Priory Bistro, Nellie's Pancake House is a brand new business venture that will be dishing up both sweet and savoury pancakes all day long! How great does that sound? Make sure you go along and give them a try - I'm pretty sure there's a Rocky Road pancake with my name on it *drooool*.

Cleveland Gate Retail Park, 16 South Buck Way, Guisborough, TS14 7FJ. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Sergio's Italian
I love that Sergio's Italian is owned by a Sardinian because you know that the food you're eating is completely authentic and true to Italian style. Their menu is mix of traditional, homecooked Italian meals and national favourites, but all of them use locally sourced ingredients, as well as imported Italian produce. I definitely need to go and try their Antipasto Di Terra!

12 Chaloner Street, Guisborough, TS14 6QD. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Thingy-Ma-Jigs Cafe
There's nothing quite like popping into a cafe after a morning on your feet or after a sunny walk, and Thingy-Ma-Jigs in Guisborough is the perfect option! This little cafe offers coffee, speciality teas and hot chocolates, as well as an assortment of homemade cakes, muffins, scones and so much more! It's the cutest little place that definitely needs to be on your radars.

5 Bow Street, Guisborough, TS14 6BP. Visit their Facebook page for more info.


YARM


Muse
This continental cafe serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, and boasts its own licensed pavement cafe, so if the sun is shining, you should aim to do a spot of al fresco dining. There are a whole host of menus to explore from Muse, so take a look and see what you fancy!

104B High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AU. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Lost Property
Yarm High Street is full of restaurants, pubs and cafes, but Lost Property is one of those hidden gems that you just need to try. This grill-style restaurant is known for its juicy steaks, fresh seafood, towering burgers and extensive cocktail menu. It's a great spot for dinner with friends and if I haven't convinced you, the photos on their feed will!

135-137 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AY. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Purple Peacock
The Purple Peacock brings a taste of Asian fusion food to Yarm, as well as offering the most perfect Instagrammable surroundings. With hanging flowers, jewel-toned decor and plus, peacock-themed styling, this is a spot that just oozes sophistication. You've got to go along and try their satay chicken skewers!

636 Yarm Road, Yarm, TS16 0DH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Cena
Cena is one of our go-to spots for birthdays - we absolutely love it! This gorgeous Italian restaurant features a real wood burning pizza oven, which is a real treat to see if you're sat near the kitchen, as well as a seasonal menu with starters, pasta, risotto, pizza and more. It's truly a lovely little place, so I urge you to check it out.

85 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9BG. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Luna Blu Tapas & Cocktails
As the name may suggest, Luna Blu is all about serving up scrumptious tapas and cocktails, but breakfast, cakes and coffee too! It's a gorgeous and laid back environment that you just can't help sinking into. Tapas is one of my favourite dinners for a bit of romance or a gossip session, so put it on your list if you're looking for somewhere for a date night or even a celebratory dinner. 

16 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AE. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Keys
The Keys Yarm has been a firm favourite for many people for a number of years and it's a name that I hear popping up in conversations all the time. Whether it's breakfast, a quick bite, a romantic meal or a family dinner, The Keys caters to all. This traditional pub has a gorgeous view of the famous Yarm viaduct, plus generous menus for all times of the day!

65 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9BH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Santoro's Restaurant & Wine Bar
It's been over 40 years since Vince Serino opened Santoro's after training as a chef in Italy and moving to Redcar to live with his wife. It's the perfect story, isn't it? And with this lovely tale behind the restaurant, you can't help but just fall even more in love with the place - especially after you've tried their range of pastas, grills and main courses.

56 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.


NORTON


12 Harland Place
Great food and hospitality is at the heart of everything that 12 Harland Place do. With brunch, lunch and dinner on the menu, plus foodie events, live music and DJ nights, and pop up workshops it's a pretty fresh restaurant concept to try out! I'm keen to go along and give one of their breakfasts a go!

12 Harland Place, Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS20 1AL. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Scrann
Sourdough pizza, pasta or charcuterie board? The choice is too difficult! But luckily, you can get all three at Scrann, the home of the Italian experience. Using fresh, high quality ingredients to create dishes in a gorgeous setting, this is a brilliant choice for a relaxed evening meal.

449 Norton Road, Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS20 2QQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Cafe Lilli
The motto behind Cafe Lilli is 'good food, good life', and this just oozes from the dishes that they create. This beautiful continental restaurant in the centre of Norton plates up bistro-style food with just a hint of home comfort, like minute steak, curries, risotto and so much more. It's sure to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling!

83 High Street, Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS20 1AE. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

La Porto
We all love an Italian with lots of choice and that's exactly what you get with La Porto! Take a look at their menu and browse tons of pasta dishes, sharing boards, steaks, fish and so much more. I promise you. there's something to suit absolutely anyone's tastes, so make sure you take a look and get your table booked.

397 Norton Road, Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS20 2QL. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Violet Green
The hidden Norton restaurant are opening their doors and taking part in Eat Out to Help Out on Wednesdays throughout August! This means that you'll be able to venture into the underground eaterie and feast on the their chop night from around £12 per person. This is a place that I've always wanted to try, so it's high up on my list of spots to book.

68A The Green, Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, TS20 1DT. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Herd & Herb

SEDGEFIELD


The Herd & Herb
Sedgefield is becoming an amazing place for finding hidden gems, and The Herd & Herb is one of those! Nestled inside The Hardwick Arms Hotel, this restaurant features the most delicious bistro dishes (you've got to try the blue cheese croquettes!) and cosy surroundings. It's truly a lovely place if you fancy eating out of town!

1 North End, Sedgefield, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 2AZ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Impeccable Pig
The Impeccable Pig is nestled just off Front Street in the gorgeous village of Sedgefield and it's one of those spots that's ideal for a date night. It just oozes such charm and sophistication. This restaurant and hotel serves up bistro food with good, honest ingredients, as well as offering an extensive wine list to pair with it. This is a place that's been on my list for a while!

Front Street, Sedgefield, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 3AT. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.


MARSKE, SALTBURN & REDCAR


The Vault
What could be better than a huge menu and a short walk to the sea? Not a lot! That's exactly what you get from The Vault in Marske. This bar and restaurant has oodles to choose from, like multiple varieties of parmo (including veggie), grilled meats, fish and chips, and so much more! It's the perfect place if you want an excuse to visit the seaside.

17 The Wynd, Marske By The Sea, Redcar, TS11 7ES. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

No. Twenty Three
If you want to feel as though you're living it up on the coast of Naples, you've got to give No. Twenty Three a try. This restaurant, found in the gorgeous seaside town of Saltburn, serves Neapolitan style pizzas, plus crust dipping sauces and, of course, tiramisu. It also has the most gorgeous decor going, so if you wanna get some Insta snaps, there are plenty of photo opps!

23 Milton Street, Saltburn By The Sea, TS12 1DJ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Spa Hotel
The Spa Hotel sits right above Saltburn beach, so you can sit out on their terrace and take in the gorgeous sights of the coast and the iconic cliffs. Combine these views with a menu of fresh, local and delicious food, you've got yourself an incredible dining experience. I'm picturing a delicious breakfast in the morning sun with a glass of fresh orange - absolute bliss.

Saltburn Bank, Saltburn By The Sea, TS12 1HH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Virgo's Bistro
If choice is what you're after, then you need to give Virgo's Bistro a go! This little eaterie has a whole mix of different dishes, from afternoon tea to steaks, so it's great for a whole range of palates. Their homemade cakes look extremely delicious, so I think I'd recommend this as a lunch or afternoon place to try.

7 Dundas East Street, Saltburn By The Sea, TS12 1AH. Visit their Facebook page for more info.


HARTLEPOOL


Raby Arms Pub & Kitchen
If pub food is what you're looking for, pub food you'll find at the Raby Arms Pub & Kitchen. What could be more lovely than having a slap up dinner, then taking a walk along the sea? I'm eyeing this place up for their 'chunky cod and chips', and maybe a sit out on their sunny terrace!

Front Street, Hart Village, Hartlepool, TS27 3AJ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Hope & Anchor
The Hope & Anchor is another fabulous Hartlepudlian (that's a word, right?) pub, serving up all kinds of dishes, like gourmet burgers, parmos, curries, pies - you name it, they've probably got it on the menu! This is a cosy spot that's ideal for eating a bit of comfort food, so give it a go.

6 High Street, Hartlepool, TS25 2EN. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Spotted Cow
Owned by the same amazing people behind The Hope & Anchor, The Spotted Cow is another cosy pub out in Elwick Village and when I say that they've got more choice than you can shake a stick at, I mean it! There's veggie options, burgers, fish, salad bowls, sandwiches... the list just goes on! This is a fabulous spot if you've got fancy eaters in the group.

31 The Green, Elwick Village, Hartlepool, TS27 3EF. Visit their Facebook page for more info.


DARLINGTON


Blackwell Grange Hotel
Dine in 4* luxury at Havelocks inside Blackwell Grange Hotel. This indulgent spot is offering a fixed three course menu for a temporary price of £25 (or £15 if you take off the £10 cap!), so this is definitely not to be missed out on. I'll have the halloumi fries to start, please, followed by the beef brisket. Delicious!

Grange Road, Darlington, DL3 8QH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Phixx Coffee Lounge
Fancy something a little bit more casual and light? Try out Phixx Coffee Lounge! This cafe sells paninis, homemade cakes and scones, so it's fantastic for lunch or for a pit stop if you're shopping. There's nothing better than cake and coffee when you've been on your feet all morning!

83 Skinnergate, Darlington, DL3 7LX. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Devonport
The Devonport is an 18th century hotel and restaurant located on a picturesque village green. It's like something out of a period novel! The sumptuous restaurant offers a fantastic menu of seafood, starters, meat dishes and the most delicious-sounding puds that I think I've ever come across. This one may be on my list to visit!

16-18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington, DL2 1AS. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Sol Tapas 
You guys know me, I absolutely love tapas and I'm so pleased to say that Sol Tapas is taking part in the scheme! This Spanish restaurant serves up traditional tapas dishes, like patatas bravas, paella, mussels and Spanish tortilla, as well as a whole host of other dishes that I'm yet to explore. Tapas is the perfect option if you want a romantic date night - there's nothing quite like sharing food and exchanging "have you tried this yet?" comments.

28 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7AQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Fox Hole Pub & Kitchen
There's nothing quite like a country pub and this spot fuses traditional features with contemporary decor to bring you a relaxing place to eat, drink and socialise. Their a la carte menu includes fan faves like cod and chips, belly pork and fish pie, as well as sharing platters, sumptuous starters and a well-stocked dessert menu to round the meal off. The Fox Hole cherry bakewell tart is definitely calling my name!

Piercebridge, Darlington, DL2 3SJ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Copper Beech Pub
We all love a bit of choice and at The Copper Beech, they are absolutely all about giving you choice. Their menu is absolutely ginormous and you can choose from a massive selection of dishes, from burgers to pasta, and from pies to parmos - there's something to suit everybody. It's a great place to try if you've got fussy eaters coming along!

Neasham Road, Darlington, DL1 4DH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Wheatsheaf Pub & Kitchen
If you're all about that traditional pub feeling, then The Wheatshead is for you. This cosy spot serves up classic pub favourites, like fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches and parmos. In fact, they've got several different types of parmo for you to try out, like the Bob Marley, which features a jerk twist. This is a great place if you've been out for a walk or exploring Darlington and need a little food break.

254 Yarm Road, Darlington, DL1 1XN. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Tre Amici
Tre Amici translates to 'three friends' and it's owned by tre amici who have a combined 35 years experience in the food biz. Nestled in the heart of Darlington town centre, the extensive menu features beautiful dishes from across the Mediterranean region, incorporating fresh fish, succulent meats, mouth-watering pastas, homemade pizzas and much more.

82 Skinnergate, Darlington, DL3 7LX. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Otter & Fish
First of all, the name of this eaterie is just bloomin' adorable, and secondly, this is a family-owned restaurant overlooking the River Tees, so you can expect it to be amazing. It's also another spot to try if you like having a lot of choice, as you'll have burgers, pizza, grills and so much more to choose from. It's one to visit if you want somewhere with a warm and cosy atmosphere!

1 Strait Lane, Hurworth, Darlington, DL2 2AH. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Darlington Savoury
The Diner is a traditional market town cafĂ© and home of the famous Darlington Savoury since 1938. All of their ingredients are sourced locally from the Victorian Market and other local suppliers. There’s always a friendly atmosphere in this diner, and that’s no surprise as they offer great food at great prices. Nothing fancy. Simple food done well.

The Diner (market cafe), Darlington, DL1 5PX. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Star of Bengal
I don't think I know a single person that doesn't like to go out for an Indian meal, so if you're in the mood for something with a bit more heat, try out Star of Bengal. This Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant offers a huge assortment of curries, tandoori specials and irresistible - anyone else find it impossible to have a curry without ordering onion bajee and popadoms too?

24 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7AQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info. 

Salvos Cucina Italiana
I really am a sucker for a good Italian restaurant and Salvos Cucina Italiana is proud to serve up completely authentic Italian food, as well as some North East faves. This means it's got a bit of something for even the fussiest of eaters! With pasta, pizza, chicken dishes, risotto, a massive choice of specials and so much more, it's somewhere that will suit absolutely everyone.

26 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7AQ. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Goosepool Hotel
Fun fact - the Goosepool Hotel is the only hotel located at Teesside Airport and throughout August, they'll be offering up their grub to Teessiders with up to 50% off! You'll be able to enjoy all of the classics, like parmos, burgers and roasts, all while being close to Darlington and a short drive from Stockton - it's the perfect spot to eat, slap bang in the middle.

Aviation Way, Teesside International Airport, Darlington, DL2 1PD. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Peppermill Bistro


We're so lucky to have an incredible selection of places across Teesside taking part in this scheme, and I hope that this guide has helped you to plan out where you might like to eat in August. Remember, this discount can only be used from Monday to Wednesday, and you will only receive up to £10 off the meal. You also can't use it on alcoholic drinks, so stick to the lemonade, guys!

This is the perfect time and opportunity to support some of our independents, so make sure you pay a visit to at least one of these places and help them to recover from the extended closure period during lockdown.

Where are you planning on visiting?

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