Week-long celebration of county’s top food

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THE region’s cafes and restaurants are preparing for a week-long celebration of Northumbrian food and fine dining.

Eateries will present unique offers to tempt diners during Your Northumberland Restaurant Week, from Monday 18 to Sunday, March 24. The event is promoted by Your Northumberland Guide, with all the offers and promotions available on their website (www.yournorthumberland.co.uk/restaurantweek).

Participating restaurants include: Milan in Wooler, The Beadnell Towers Hotel, The Barn at Beal, and Foxtons Wine Bar and the Salmon Inn, Berwick.

The purpose of the event is not only to raise awareness of our great restaurants, but also to help the public discover new places to eat that they might not have tried otherwise. Your Northumberland Guide’s creator, Andrew Bothamley said: “We feel Northumberland is often overlooked when it comes to promoting our amazing food producers, restaurants and places to eat that we are lucky enough to enjoy all year round.

“We wanted an event to celebrate everything Northumbrian, so with the help of our huge social networks we’ve covered as much of Northumberland as we can, with the aim to have an offer close to everyone in the county.”

Milan has been Wooler’s premier Italian restaurant since the premises in the heart of the town were renovated 10 years ago, and now plays a large role in the promotion of the area to tourists and visitors.

More recently, Foxtons Wine Bar broke free of brewery control to offer a range of over 45 fine wines, and now concentrates on using locally sourced ingredients.

The Barn at Beal encapsulates what the food festival has to offer, offering fine local food - and educating young guests about where it comes from - in a picturesque setting on the Northumberland coast, with its views out to Lindisfarne.

Not to be outdone, The Salmon Inn at East Ord recently formed a creative partnership with local artist Michael Fraser.

“Michael’s paintings and photographs are beautiful in their own right but with the added bonus that they all depict local views of Berwick, the river Tweed and the Northumberland coast,” landlady Sheila Gray said.