North East Food - Side Dishes

PUBLISHED: 14:19 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:28 20 February 2013

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The North East is a larder of fine food and drink. Side Dishes brings together in bite-size morsels a selection of food-related news and events from around the region

Bistro 21 gains Quality award

Bistro 21, The Durham City restaurant owned by Terry Laybourne, has been named Highest Quality Assured and Local Produce Champion at the TasteDurham awards, hosted by tourism agency Visit County Durham.

TasteDurham was established in 2008 by Visit County Durham to raise the profile of food and drink in the county among national audiences and signpost visitors to those eateries serving the best fresh, seasonal and local dishes.

TasteDurham coordinator Lucy Wearne, said: The TasteDurham mark is highly rated among businesses in the country and enables us to shout loudly that Durhams food and drink offer is among the best in Britain.

Birthday bash for Caf Bangla

Stormy weather failed to dampen the spirits of revellers who turned out in force on a gloomy Monday night to mark the sixth birthday of the Bangladeshi restaurant Caf Bangla in East Boldon.

In honour of the occasion, the red carpet was rolled out to welcome guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, John and Chris Anglin.

The invited company was treated to complimentary drinks and a flavour of the restaurants menu; a selection of delicacies along with a taster of the special dishes the head chef had demonstrated on an international stage.

Caf Bangla is located at 2 St Bedes, Station Road, East Boldon, telephone 0191 519 0929.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week

Get ready for breakfast - and reap the benefits. Thats the message from the organisers of the eleventh annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week 24-30 January 2010

The Week offers a great opportunity to get into the healthy breakfast habit and celebrate the rich wealth of breakfast foods found in Britain. Farmhouse Breakfast Week is supported by retailers, producers, schools, restaurants, cafes, hotels and farmers markets.

New for 2010 is a colourful recipe booklet packed with novel ideas that show you how to make a meal of breakfast.

For more information contact HGCA on 02476 478735.

Gisborough Hall takes top accolade

North Yorkshire-based Gisborough Hall, a Macdonald Associate Hotel, was crowned Large Hotel of the Year 2009 in a stylish ceremony at the North East England Tourism Awards.

The hotel stood out through a range of improvements across its operations, most notably the recent introduction of a brasserie concept, which enjoyed a 40 per cent growth in revenue in 2009. This gave guests a second dining option in addition to the popular Tocketts restaurant.

For more information on Gisborough Hall Hotel, visit the website at

Mauritius holiday for restaurant winners

The annual Passport Dinner held at the Crab & Lobster Restaurant in Asenby, Thirsk, is held for guests who have accrued 14 stamps on their Crab Manor Hotel Passport throughout the year.

Loyal customers not only enjoyed a gourmet meal and fine wine but also had the chance to be randomly selected to jet off to one of the exciting hotel destinations that inspired the hotels themed rooms, including the Waldorf Astoria, Sandy Lane, Raffles and Le Touessrok.

Gareth and Sarah Smith were thrilled when their passport was drawn out of the suitcase.

The winning destination was Le Touessrock, in Mauritius.

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