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  • Safari Supper – Sunderland Restaurant Week

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     Exciting things are coming to Sunderland, especially if you’re a bit of a foodie like me.

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    Let me introduce to you, the first Sunderland Restaurant Week. Following in a similar path to the ever successful, Newcastle Restaurant Week, Sunderland are boasting a variety of eateries on board serving up £10 and £15 special menus for one week only (and conveniently the week my birthday falls on – how kind!) Sounds good right?





    There’s everything from pasta, to curry, to meat platters and burgers, cake takeaways (yes really) and even a range of cafés taking part during the day with a £5 offer covering the likes of a panini and a coffee, perfect if you want to get out the office during your lunch break!




    I went along for a little preview of some restaurants taking part, in a safari supper style evening and trust me, you’re in for a treat. If slow cooked ribs and big american style dishes are your bag, Café Purple is the place to go (and the cheeseboard we were served as ‘nibbles’ was incredible – I could’ve stayed there all night, but it was only our first stop!) Port Of Call serve up some lovely looking cocktails and seafood and it’s conveniently right beside Café Purple, so you can always pop back in to enjoy their 2-4-1 cocktails on Fridays. Next time I’m leaving the car at home and having gin, Fri-yay indeed!




    The Funky Indian tapas was really fun, with a seriously good selection on their menu to reflect the different dishes across India. Check out their deep fried cauliflower, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve got any food allergies, they’ve clearly display what’s gluten free, veggie and vegan and can sometimes make specific dishes to suit your needs. I’m definitely heading back!




    Tucked away in Sunniside is Angelos, serving up a range of delicious Italian dishes and also boasting a pretty impressive accolade. The English Italian 2015 Award Winning dish Strozzapreti con Salsiccia e Friarielli, and I’ve tasted that pasta and it’s something special and an incredible price.




    Being pretty full from all the previous courses, I grabbed dessert to go from Sweet Tooth Delivery. Picking a garish bright skittles cake that was every bit as sweet as you’d expect. What can I say, I was drawn to the bright colours but next time, I’ll have to give the peanut butter one a go!




    Check out the full range of restaurants taking part in Sunderland Restaurant Week from 24th September to 2nd October and let me know where you’d be heading!


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    Safari supper preview arranged by PR, All words and photos my own. I really do love a cheese board.

  • Sunderland Restaurant Week Returns

    Hello Freckles Sunderland Restaurant Week Serendipity Tea Rooms North East

    It’s back…food fans in the North East; get ready!

    Sunderland Restaurant Week is set to return, bigger and better than before. Running from Saturday 9th September to Sunday 17th September there’s everything from Thai, to Indian, to Italian and afternoon tea and cake on offer. Restaurants will be offering a variety of specials, from 2 course for £10, 3 courses for £15 and the daytime café offerings if you’re looking for a mid afternoon pick me up cuppa and cake.

    For our safari supper preview, we began at Proseccobar; located below The Funky Indian Tapas. This up and coming bar is the ideal location for after work drinks. If you’re looking for some nibbles too, I highly recommend their onion bhajis – I nearly polished off a plate just to myself.Hello Freckles Sunderland Restaurant Week Asiana Fusion North EastMoving swiftly onto our starters, next up was Asiana Fusion. This restaurant offers a taste of Asian cuisine with a stunning view across the river. Served a platter of satay chicken skewers, ribs, king prawns, hoisin duck rolls and spring rolls, I was eager to tuck in. Leaving the restaurant I had a chance to see the sunset, which, along with the great flavours, has confirmed that I do need to return to Asiana…and opt for a window seat if I’m dining in the early evening.
    Hello Freckles Sunderland Restaurant Week Port of Call Tipi North East

    Arriving at Port of Call, we walked through the main bar area to the Tipi, an exciting new area that’s set to be there permanently. Adorned with fairy lights and minimal wooden tables and chairs, it immediately felt like a cosy place to visit for drinks. I can see it being very popular around Christmas time, hopefully offering some live music and mulled wine. 
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    An array of burgers, hot dogs and mac n cheese soon lined our tables and whilst I enjoyed the selection on offer; it didn’t really stand out as anything too special. The venue offers a nautical theme in the main bar/restaurant area and I feel the Tipi needs to have a little quirk to make it stand out. If you’re wanting burgers around Sunderland then I’d recommend heading along to No. 2 Church Lane as they have a huge variety of meat, vegetarian and vegan burgers on offer.

    Hello Freckles Sunderland Restaurant Week Serendipity Tea Rooms North East

    As the evening was upon us, it was time to head to our last stop; Serendipity Tea Rooms. This cute award winning cafe sits on Frederick Street and serves a selection of coffee, cakes and tea in the typical pot of tea, in a handknitted teacosy kind of deal. If you’re looking for somewhere a little different then you should pop by Serendipity. I had a slice of their key lime pie, which didn’t lend itself well to photograph, but tasted delicious. Finished off perfectly with a cup of tea, that was my signal to make my way home.

    Will you be heading out for Sunderland Restaurant Week?


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