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Updated Fri. 25/1/2013 – With the terrible weather we’ve had the past week, most of the restaurants are extending their offers by another week until up to 3rd February – hooray!

It seems like only two minutes ago it was the last Newcastle Restaurant Week! We criminally underused it in August, as everywhere was fully booked by the time we decided – a mistake we will not make again in two weeks time.

This time round it seems it’s the best ever 25+ restaurants, and there’s always more added later to the date, and this time, the bar has been raised for the standard of the restaurants on offer.

As usual, founder of the idea, Terry Laybourne’s Cafè 21 offers exceptional value, as do nearby Caffe Vivo and The Broad Chare, but there’s plenty of newcomers this year, with the likes of Mannaza Korean Grill House (grill your own Korean BBQ?), The Stand comedy club – highly regarded for it’s food, Pasqualinos with their new wood fired pizzas, and of course the newly opened Fat Buddha. Hmm…

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above: foie gras at Blackfriars

If we had to have a strategy, which we invariably do because we’re sad, we’d go for the higest value places offering the best deals, but restaurant week also offers an easy entry into places you might not have given a second look. Either way, make sure to book early because tables for this week go seriously fast.

Newcastle Restaurant Week is 21-27 January 2013 and offers 2/3 courses for £10/£15 for lunch/dinner sittings. See http://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/restaurant-week/ for more. Our favourite deals in italics. Maybe this time next year we will have covered them all for you!

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