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Restaurant week to return to Sunderland

Some of the city's top restaurants, cafés and bars will serve up special deals on dishes from around the world, as the popular event returns to the city.

The third Eat Drink Sunderland Restaurant Week will take place between Saturday 9 and Sunday 17 September – and venues offering everything from cake to curry are lining up to take part.

Deals will include £10 for two courses and £15 for three, with cafes also running a special £5 offer throughout the event.

Led by Sunderland BID, the initiative is designed to showcase the wide variety of cuisines and eateries the city has to offer.

And, so far around 50 have signed up to take part, including Restaurant Week regulars such as Asiana, at West Wear Street; Angelo’s, West Sunniside; Barnett’s, Frederick Street; Holmeside’s Café Purple and Grosvenor Casino, at Lambton Street.

They have been joined by a number of event first timers, including Döner Haus, High Street West; The Meat Up, at Derwent Street, Marcellos at Albion Place and Riverview Brasserie at the city’s Stadium of Light.

Restaurant Week is also being supported for the second time by Station Taxis, which is offering a special deal to first time users of their app.

Anyone who signs up for the first time, pays for their journeys with a credit or debit card and input the code RWSund17 get a £5 credit they can use during Restaurant Week.

Sharon Appleby, head of business operations of Sunderland BID, hopes the event will prove a hit with Sunderland residents and those from further afield.

“We have a wide – and expanding – variety of restaurants in Sunderland,” she said, “and we really feel that’s something worth shouting about.                                                                                                                             

“Our previous Eat Drink Sunderland Restaurant Weeks were hugely successful and we hope this – our third – will be the best yet.

“The fact that so many our venues have signed up to take part again shows how positive it’s been for them and we are also delighted so many new ones have jumped on board.                                                                                                

“We know from the feedback we received that they not only attracted visitors from outside the city but also encouraged Sunderland residents to try new places and revisit favourites.”