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.

The Artizan cocktail bar in Linthorpe Village offers an extensive cocktail menu made from the best ingredients, and 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.

For cocktail lovers, it has to be The Nuthatch on Bedford Street. Listed as one of the Top 50 cocktail bars in the UK and serving up the most delicious spirits and craft cocktails, the interiors and stylish cocktails have all the Instagram inspiration you can need for a true, memory-making experience.

If you want even more tempting, tasty treats Middlesbrough has everything on offer from the best pizza restaurants to country pubs 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, the 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.