Restaurant Week 2020 to go ahead despite Coronavirus outbreak

Sunderland Restaurant Week is back for it’s eighth anniversary next week, including deals from over 25 local restaurants and cafes.

Organisers released a statement this week indicating the event will still go ahead due to “city restaurants voting overwhelming for the event.”

The event, beginning March 21-29, is organised by Sunderland BID and is expected to boost the local economy. Last year, the event generated over £170,000 for the city.

“Restaurant Week is always a huge boost for the city centre and we understand why the restaurants want it to go ahead,” said Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID.

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, many participating restaurants are now offering a takeaway service.

“But we are also mindful of the fact that many people are following advice and being cautious about dining out at the moment,” said Sharon. “So we believe this is a great alternative which will help at the moment to allow everyone to enjoy a treat.”

Diners can enjoy anything from a three course meal to a light bite at participating venues with prices ranging from £5 to £15.

Popular venues taking part in the event include Bar 808, Port of Call, Thai Bay, Asiana and many more.

Natalie Dellow, Marketing and Communications coordinator for Sunderland BID, said Restaurant Week raises great awareness for the city.

“The event provides visibility and promotional opportunities to its participating restaurants while introducing new customers to the city who are attracted by the lower price point menus,” said Natalie. “We know the concept works, it attracts a greater volume of customers to the city during the week and helps to raise awareness, particularly through social media.

“We have some fantastic new additions this year and it’s interesting to see new customers taking advantage of the vouchers each time.”

Burger in Sunderland is also encouraging the public to continue supporting local restaurants this week.

“People’s passion in the UK is to eat out, go to restaurants and bars,” said Anthony Robson, owner of Burger on Fredrick Street. We need to ensure the survival of businesses like us. Giving us the freedom to stay open is great, but only if people still support us.”

For information on takeaway options, contact the venues directly. For further information, visit

See our map below for participating restaurants and information on offers.

Photography: Martin Forster

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