I live for food and I’m a massive advocate of Teesside, I set up my blog to share my food journey around the area as well as my cooking and baking habits. I’ve tried a lot of Teesside’s restaurants and always get asked where’s best to go, so I decided what better way to shout about Teesside and let people know what’s available than a blog so I created The Teesside Foodie to do just that!
Top 8 Teesside Happy Hours
Whether it’s a weekday or a weekend we all love a happy hour, but knowing what places have this cracking time or what day can be tricky to find. There’s nothing worse than arriving somewhere 10 minutes after happy hour/early bird, to make life a little bit easier I’ve rounded up a few of Teesside’s happy hours that aren’t too bad on the purse strings.
1. The Curing House, Middlesbrough
The Curing House is one of Middlesbrough’s best restaurants as listed by Tripadvisor and I can’t disagree! They have the best beef dripping chips and of course unbelievable charcuterie boards and there early bird menu is a must to try.
Early bird menu | 5-6pm | Tuesday - Saturday
£16 for 2 courses
£20 for 3 courses
2. Barbarossa, Middlesbrough
I’m still yet to try Barbarossa but I’ve never heard a bad review! They apparently serve the best pizza in Teesside and if you’re free from 4:30pm - 6:30pm you can get their famous sourdough pizzas from £5.96!
3. Brasserie Hudson Quay, Middlesbrough
Another independent to mention is Brasserie Hudson Quay, each day they have their market menu between 12pm and 2:30pm and oh my it all sounds so good!
Market Menu | 12:00 - 2:30pm
2 Courses £11.95 / 3 Courses £14.95
They also have a steak and pasta night every Thursday from 4pm which is worth a mention! You can get sirloin steak, beef dripping chips and salad or any pasta for just £20 for two people. (How insane?)
Another added bonus, if you’re an Independent Teesside card holder you can get 20% off food and drink when eating from the evening a la carte menu.
4. 12 Harland Place, Norton
I’m pretty certain I’ve had everything from the teatime menu and it’s always delicious. It’s amazing value and who can say no to a 12 Harland Place dessert either? I definitely recommend the braised beef and the pear and amaretto cheesecake!
Teatime menu | 4:00pm - 6:30pm | Monday - Saturday
2-Courses: £14.95 / 3-Courses: £17.95
5. Muse, Yarm
Their food is always beautifully presented and of course it goes without saying that it always tastes amazing. Their Prix Fixe menu is a great way to try what Muse has to offer, you won’t be disappointed!
12pm - 2.30pm | Monday - Saturday
5.30pm - 6.30pm | Monday - Friday
Two Courses £16 or with addition of paired wines £24/Three Courses £19 or with addition of paired wines £31
6. Jolsha, Norton
Jolsha’s banquet meal is hard to believe! They are one of my favourite Indian restaurants in Teesside, they’re banquet is jam packed with so many choices unlike others.
Every Wednesday and Sunday night, 4 course meal, £10.95
7. The Peppermill Bistro, Billingham
The Peppermill Bistro’s Early bird menu is again a great way to try what they have to offer, as a Billingham girl it’s hard to believe we have such a great restaurant in such a small town. So many people have never heard or visited Peppermill- it’s a must!
Tuesday - Thursday | 5pm - 7pm
Friday & Saturday | 5pm - 6pm
1 Course £13.00/ 2 Courses £16.50/ 3 Courses £20.00
8. Cafe Sapore, Hartburn, Stockton
Again I’ve never tried Cafe Sapore but I’ve heard a lot of great things! I thought I would include a Sunday Lunch option with 1 course £10.95/ 2 courses for £13.95/ 3 courses for £16.95.
They also have a steak night each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm.
Choose from a Sirlion or Ribeye steak, hand cut chips, salad, a choice of sauces and a glass of red or white wine £29.95 per couple. This cafe-deli-bistro sounds right up my street!
I recently retrained as a florist, whilst re-training I have been a finalist in a Smithers Oasis Floral Competition and won a competition to design, create and present a posy to HRH Princess Anne (January 2017). This then gave me the confidence to start my own business “Plant Preservation Society” Established March 2017.
The concept of the Plant Preservation Society was to change peoples perception of of household plants. We do this by sourcing unusual plants and presenting them in a unusual way.
We are based in Billingham but trade on local artisan markets in the surrounding areas. One of our first markets was Orange Pip Market in Middlesbrough. We are a unique independent local business which sells unusual plants & gifts in upcycled materials and containers with a twist!
For any enquires please contact us/follow us via facebook, Instagram & Twitter
“We plant, you preserve...it’s a Plant Preservation Society!
Location: Billingham & Surrounding Artisan Markets
Mobile Number: 07557108148
Address: Bonington Crescent, Billingham, TS23 3WJ
Open All Hours & days
I’m Fran, the guy behind Franafel's Community Kitchen, a soon-to-launched Teesside venture, which will teach cooking of healthy plant-based dishes from scratch on a budget. The classes and courses will utilise local ingredients, wherever possible, which are local, organic, seasonal and 100% plant based.
There’s a significant need in our area to address issues of poor health and Franafel's is preparing to help. Through a series of fun and educational classes, participants who sign themselves up, or who are recommended by other organisations, will learn:
As well as gaining confidence from immediate new skills, cooking is proven to be therapeutic and social.
I am looking for potential partners and/or investors who are interested in supporting a venture which can help the health of Teesside residents.
As I continue to develop Franafel’s Community Kitchen I have recently started up “pop up kitchens” in venues across the area. Essentially I find cool, interesting bars and pubs in Teesside that have a kitchen and I cook a two course meal for £10. My food is Vegan, meat and dairy free.
My last pop up kitchen night in Teesside was at the Hambletonian in Norton where locals enjoyed a pathia veggie curry and sticky toffee pudding! My last event was in Scotland at the Hemelvaart Bistro, Ayton. The feedback has been great and it makes all the hard work worthwhile!
My next pop up kitchen will be at the wonderful Hope and Union bar in Stockton, 10 Silver Street, TS18 1SX, 18th January 2018 from 7pm. It's behind the Georgian Theater.
Tickets are available online here:
or can be purchased directly in the bar or reserved via the facebook page event:
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
These last few years Stockton has become a great night out with lots of great new bars and eateries. And being January, why not try Veganuary or at least for one night and come along to my pop up kltchen night :)
Franafel's Community Kitchen Company