Middlesbrough’s culinary scene has exploded over recent years. Fine dining gastro restaurants like Fork in the Road, Vine, and Acklam Hall use local produce wherever possible in their forward-thinking fusion menus. Artisan bakeries, independent coffee shops, innovative cocktail bars, and a specialist charcuterie restaurant 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 stretches up to Linthorpe Village, a trendy and up-and-coming area for cocktails and dining.

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If you're spending the day shopping, having a catch up with friends at a comedy show at Middlesbrough Town Hall, or seeing Middlesbrough FC in action, there are plenty of places to grab a drink and have a delicious meal afterwards. Why not try The Butterfly Quarter for a spot of tapas, or give The Chairman a try for a pint and some hearty dishes (named after Boro's Steve Gibson of course). If you're taking in a show at Middlesbrough Theatre, there are plenty of places for a pre or post-theatre meal and drinks in Linthorpe Village. The Artizan cocktail bar is just a ten minute walk away from the town centre.

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. Thai newcomer The Copperstone, with its pretty, oriental exterior, is just around the corner offering a twist on traditional Thai dishes. The Butterfly Quarter serves delicious Spanish-inspired tapas with impressive cocktails – a top choice for an early evening dinner date.

The Vine, also in Linthorpe Village, 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. 


Acklam Hall, an impressive Grade 1 listed building dating back to the 17th Century, is home to The Brierley restaurant. With its exquisite interior and exterior, private dining rooms and original features, the fine dining restaurant and wedding venue is the perfect place for a special dinner, afternoon tea, or sipping artisan cocktails.

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.

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.

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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