A Guide To Teesside Restaurant Week September 2020

5 Sep 2020

The Peppermill Bistro


Sound the klaxons, hold on to your hats, hold your loved ones close - Teesside Restaurant Week is making a return for the end of September! If you guys have been here for a little while, you'll know that I loved Tees Restaurant Week at the start of 2020, so I'm buzzing it's making a return. And because I'm so excited and because I loved putting my Eat Out to Help Out guide together in July, I figured I'd put a bit of a guide together for Restaurant Week too! I've put lots of info together and compiled a list of the places taking part in alphabetical order, so take a look and get wise on this fantastic event.


Before we dive in too deeply, I need to say that this guide is a rolling project and I will be updating every time new participating restaurants are announced. I'll be sharing it every time an update comes through, but it's also worth checking back every now and then!


What is Teesside Restaurant Week?

Across our area, we have an absolute wealth of independent eateries and this event is all about celebrating them. Running from September 28th - October 2nd, you'll be able to grab a three course meal at a selection of indie restaurants for only £15. Yes, a starter, main course and dessert kind of deal for only £15. It's a complete steal and a brilliant way to support some local restaurants. It's totally a foodie's idea of a good time, so you can expect to get a couple of reviews from me after trying some new places that week!

Why is it making a comeback?

For starters, why the heck wouldn't Teesside Restaurant Week make a return? It was a great success in February and I know from all of the restaurant owners that I've spoken to that it was great for them too. I quite like the idea of having two Restaurant Weeks in a year - mainly because I love food, but it also gives us more chances to support our local faves without breaking the bank. Everyone's a winner!

It's also making a comeback at the later end of 2020 because of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. I think anyone with eyes is able to see how popular Eat Out to Help Out was - our local restaurants were packed out and people were discovering lots of hidden gems to the left, right and centre. Because this scheme was a huge success, the team behind Tees Restaurant Week wanted to extend the local love for our indie eateries and continue the momentum.

How do you book?

Of course, every place is different, but if you spot somewhere in this guide that you'd like to book, please contact them directly. I'll be giving you every spot's website and/or Facebook, so you'll be able to find contact information pretty easily. But make sure you get in there quickly because places will get booked up pretty quickly!

If you also have any questions about time restrictions or the number of people that can be booked in, contact your chosen restaurant directly.


The Bay Horse - Hurworth
Set in a wonderful 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse at Hurworth has both retained its traditional charm and embraced modern architecture to give two elegant dining areas. Serving up some of the most beautiful bistro food that I think I may have ever seen, so if you want to dine somewhere luxurious without paying a fortune for the food, this may be the choice for you.

45 The Green, Hurworth, DL2 2AA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Blue Bell - Northallerton
The Blue Bell is a traditional family run country inn offering bed & breakfast, lunches and evening meals in a cosy bar area complete with open fires. Their food looks phenomenal, and they offer up a selection of pub classics, curries, parmos and burgers, so you're getting a good all rounder of hearty, comfort food. It's a little way out of the 'typical' Tees area, but definitely worth a visit!

Ingleby Cross, Northallerton, DL6 3NF. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Canteen & Cocktails - Yarm
The owners have breathed new life back into the old Co-operative building, taking it to a place to relax and enjoy good company whilst sipping on a classic cocktail. Canteen and Cocktails – it is what it is, a bar serving great food! With a mix of side plates, burgers, curries and more, it's a fantastic all rounder and a great place to kick off the night.

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

Cena - Yarm
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.

The Copperstone - Middlesbrough
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.

The Crathorne Arms - Yarm
The Crathorne Arms is one Teesside’s most loved eateries, let’s face it what’s not to love? Great food, service and atmosphere, and with a sprinkling of occasional live music. This is a fantastic country pub, close to Yarm, so you won't have to go far to get some scrumptious pub grub, and a cheeky little discount. 

2 East Villa, Yarm, TS15 0BA. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

The Devonport - Darlington
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.

G & Tea House - Great Ayton
Fancy a lush little trip out to the countryside? You should try out The G & Tea House, set in Angrove Country Park, just between Stokesley and Great Ayton. As the name may suggest, this spot boasts a well-stocked gin bar, but you can also sample their woodfired pizzas, afternoon tea, delicious breakfasts and homebaked treats.

Greystone Hills, Stokesley Road, Great Ayton, TS9 6PY. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Hope & Union - Stockton On Tees
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'll be doing a lovely little fixed menu, 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.

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.

The Keys - Yarm
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.

The Leven - Stokesley
Located in the heart of Stokesley, The Leven Hotel & Restaurant brings the communities of Teesside together, offering gourmet dining and, if you fancied, an affordable, comfortable hotel stay. Their three course menu is huge and offers up a whole host of different dishes, from the classic parmo to vegan cottage pie, so there's something for absolutely everything.

27 High Street, Stokesley, TS9 5ADVisit their website or Facebook page for more info.

Source: The Leven


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.

Muse - Yarm
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.

The Peppermill Bistro - Billingham
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.

Scrann - Norton
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.

The Scruffy Duck - Norton
The Scruffy Duck is a renovated piece of Norton history - a warm & traditional ale-house serving proper British pub food. With a cosy snug, spacious dining area, and stylish beer garden, you’ll love the atmosphere. This is a fairly new eaterie to the area and it's certainly new to Teesside Restaurant Week, so it's one to keep on your radars.

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

The Tipsy Cow - Middlesbrough
The Tipsy Cow is a firm fave in Middlesbrough and Acklam, thanks to its quirky name, varied menu and oodles of character! They've got a special menu for Restaurant Week, which features halloumi fries (a.k.a. food of the gods), the Tipsy Cow burger and homemade cheesecake. It sounds absolutely phenomenal, so it's definitely one to check out if you're in the area.

249 Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 7BW. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Tomahawk Steakhouse - Yarm, Darlington & Potto
If steak is your thing, then Tomahawk Steakhouse is your place. Technically, this isn't an independent as they have restaurants across the country, but there are three options for you in the Tees area, so I figured it would be a good'un to feature. Serving the finest Himalayan salt dry-aged steaks, Wagyu and other great local meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, this is a fantastic all -rounder.

32-34 High Street, Yarm, TS15 9AE // Unit 6, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5RD // Coopers Lane, Potto, DL6 3HQ. Visit their website for more info.

Whinstone View - Great Ayton
Whinstone View is a family-run business that sits at the foot of Roseberry Topping, and boasts lodges, a spa, a barn and a gorgeous bistro that sits front and centre. This spot is warm and charming, and you'll love being nestled under the leafy canopy over the terrace. All the food is homemade and sourced in season from local suppliers, plus the views are to die for!

B1292 Whinstone View Bistro, Great Ayton, TS9 6QG. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.


We're so lucky to have this event rolling out across our region again, so I hope that this guide has whet your appetite for Teesside Restaurant Week. I'm going to be updating it every time a new restaurant announces it's taking part, so make sure you keep checking back. It's going to be an incredible week, so keep your eyes peeled on the official Facebook page to see the updates and menus, and choose the places that you want to try.

Are you excited for Restaurant Week? Have any of these eateries taken your fancy?


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