Middlesbrough’s culinary scene has exploded over recent years. Gastro restaurants like The Zetland, Fork in the Road, Vine and Acklam Hall use local produce wherever possible in their forward-thinking fusion menus. Artisan bakeries, independent coffee shops and innovative cocktail bars have all firmly established themselves as part of Middlesbrough’s ever-expanding food and drink scene. Linthorpe Road is home to many of Middlesbrough’s restaurants and cafes, and the road stretching up to Linthorpe Village is a trendy and up-and-coming area for cocktails and dining.

As the seasons switch it’s all about tasty treats, winter warmers, and there’s even a hint of Christmas in the air as those first peeks of the festive menus are shared. From traditional fare at The Chairman to Caribbean sunshine at Turtle Bay, there’s a place to suit all Christmas party tastes, party size and wallets too.

If you are seeking inspiration for a Christmas party with a difference look no further than Baker Street Kitchen – enjoy food and entertainment at a Festive Jazz Night (23 December) including a 3-course dinner, prosecco on arrival and two cocktails too! For surroundings with the wow factor, book your Christmas party at The Zetland – the grand dining room is truly a sight to see and you and your guests will be talking about it for weeks to come! From a small intimate gathering to a large party with the whole office, Bistrot Pierre guarantees you some Christmas crackers; they even serve a Christmas Day lunch if you are heading out to eat on the day itself.

If you’re spending the day Christmas shopping, having a pre-festive catch up with friends or taking in a show at Middlesbrough Theatre, there are plenty of places to grab a drink and have a delicious meal afterwards in Linthorpe Village. Fellinis Middlesbrough are open for Christmas parties, including Sundays in December, and you can give the gift of food too with a gift voucher. If Thai food is more up your street, don’t miss a visit to The Copperstone, an absolute gem tucked away in Stonehouse Street and offering the prettiest Instagram-friendly interiors as well as delicious food. Olivellos in Linthorpe Village serves up an American-Italian themed menu with impressive desserts, and has made a name for being a celebrity haunt. Famous diners have included stars from big screen smashes like Game of Thrones.

The Artizan cocktail bar, also in Linthorpe Village offers an extensive cocktail menu made from the best ingredients, sits in trendy brick and wood interior surroundings that are cosy and cool all at the same time! The Vine, just next door, is Middlesbrough’s must-visit for seafood and steak enthusiasts. The stunning interior has been stripped back to uncover original brick and locally-produced wrought iron steel which gives a unique atmosphere. Seasonal menus and bespoke cocktails make for a very special evening.

Authentic pizzas baked in an authentic Italian oven have made Barbarossa Middlesbrough’s go-to pizza restaurant, with a well-deserved reputation. With the recent return of the infamous Rosemary Fries, it’s essential visiting next time you’re in town.

Middlesbrough also has an excellent choice of country pubs and restaurants offering British dishes and local specialties such as the parmesan (or ‘parmo’). Central Park offers one of the most famous versions in Middlesbrough.

If a special dinner, afternoon tea or sipping artisan cocktails in stunning surroundings is more your pace, take a trip to Acklam Hall, an impressive Grade 1 listed building dating back to the 17th Century. Home to The Brierley restaurant, he fine dining restaurant and wedding venue is the perfect place to enjoy exquisite interiors (and exterior!), private dining rooms and original features.

A number of popular family run restaurants in the centre of Middlesbrough have been serving up exotic dishes for years, and have rightly secured excellent reputations from locals and visitors alike. There’s a taste to suit everyone, including Italian, Thai, Indian, Chinese, French, Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese, and the list continues to grow.

Of course there’s no better way to round off a day of food, drink and sightseeing than by taking a well-earned rest in one of Middlesbrough’s hotels or self catering apartments. You can also indulge in the 5 star treatment by taking a short trip to nearby Darlington which is home to one of Europe’s most exclusive resorts, Rockliffe Hall, a 5 star luxury golf and spa hotel.

You can discover more about Middlesbrough’s restaurants, bars, pubs and bistros at Enjoy Tees Valley.



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