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Panto-themed Restaurant on Board for South Tyneside Restaurant Week

A newly-renovated bar and bistro has choreographed a special menu for diners as part of South Tyneside Restaurant Week.

The Borough's annual week-long celebration of good food gets underway tomorrow, Saturday 5 October until Saturday 12 Octoberand gives residents the opportunity to enjoy a variety of special one-off dishes and offers.

Amongst those to sign up is Dame Bella's at The Customs House in South Shields.

Dame Bella's, formerly known as The Green Room, was transformed last year to pay tribute to The Customs House's 'little panto with the big heart' which attracts hundreds of visitors each year.

The panto-themed paradise is filled with set pieces and props from previous years' performances.

In addition to the new theming of the restaurant head-chef Gary France, who is a graduate of Michel Guerard's 3 Michelin-starred restaurant in Bordeaux, was newly appointed.

Ray Spencer, The Customs House Executive Director said: "We were eager to participate in South Tyneside Restaurant Week to showcase our newly refurbished restaurant.

"The menu on offer throughout Restaurant Week indicates how varied we can be and offers dishes suitable for a cross section of palates.

"We are thrilled that by taking part in South Tyneside Restaurant Week, more people will come and sample our menu. We are always happy to take part in this excellent initiative and look forward to welcoming new customers, alongside our regular visitors."

Other restaurants participating in Restaurant Week include, Beggar's Bridge, Bistro Romano, Blacks Corner, Caffe Mio, Charleston's Coffee House, Colmans of South Shields, Colmans Seafood Temple, Hive Coffee Company, La Vina, Little Haven Hotel, Loca Bar & Kitchen, Mambo's Italiano, Mambo II, Mambo Wine and Dine, Mamma Mia, No4 Bar & Bistro, Ristorante Bravi, Scoop and Bean, Star of India, The Clifton, The Grey Horse Inn, The Lakeside Inn, The Marine, The New Sundial, The Raj, The Red Lion, The Sand Dancer, The Sea Hotel Maritime Restaurant, Turkish Salash Natural Grill, Turkuisine, Tuscano's and Zeera.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure at South Tyneside Council, said: "Once again, we have a real mix of cuisines this Restaurant Week with 33 restaurants participating meaning there is something for everyone.

"The event gives residents and visitors the chance to enjoy special dining offers at fantastic eateries across the Borough whilst also highlighting South Tyneside's vibrant restaurant scene.

"This is the perfect opportunity to try something new or rediscover old favourites."

South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2019 forms part of a year-round programme of events organised by South Tyneside Council to help boost tourism across the Borough.

For updates about Restaurant Week visit www.southtynesiderestaurantweek.co.uk search South Tyneside Events on Facebook or follow STynesideEvents on Twitter.

For further information about South Tyneside Restaurant Week contact Jessica Ovington: Jessica.ovington@southtyneside.gov.uk or call (0191) 424 7367.

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