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As fun as it has been trying to time the perfect moment for some al fresco dining and drinking whilst battling the elements of the Great British Weather! We know that you are probably just as excited as we are that restaurants, bars and cafes are able to open indoors from 17 May.

It’s time to pre-download those menus and book a table at lots of the Tees Valley venues that are getting ready to open their doors once again.

We’ve rounded up just a few that we think you should try.  For more go to

Stable Hearth, Darlington

Winner of England’s Best Pizzeria 2019 & 2018, Stable Hearth in Darlington has been keeping us supplied with deliciously fresh oven baked pizzas to take out throughout lockdown but we can’t wait to get inside this Italian gem again.

Keep an eye on their social media for the latest announcements on how to book your table.

Other Darlington eateries to try include Salt Street Food Bar & Kitchen, The Old Yard Tapas Bar and The Wandering Duck.

The Twisted Peel, Guisborough

If cocktails with a side of cake sounds like the perfect combination, then look no further than The Twisted Peel in Guisborough. Located in a grade II listed building opposite the glorious site of Gisborough Priory, this micro bar specialises in the art of mixology. From classic cocktails to hot drinks and an amazing selection of freshly made cakes, it is the perfect sweet spot to indulge.

Bookings are open now and can be made via Facebook, Instagram, on the website or by calling 01287 658543.

The Scruffy Duck, Norton

The Scruffy Duck has hardly had chance to spread its wings since reopening after a major refurbishment in July 2020. The traditional ale house serving good ole British pub grub managed to open its stylish beer garden in April and we can now look forward to getting comfy in its cosy snug and spacious dining area from 17 May.

Bookings for indoor tables are now live and can be made via the website.

Other Norton gems to try are Canteen and Cocktails, 12 Harland Place and Café Lilli.

Chadwicks Inn, Maltby

Situated in a quiet village between Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees, Chadwicks Inn is the perfect place to treat yourself post-lockdown. A 19th Century public house that is bursting with traditional charm with many of its original features of stone fireplaces and beams still in place. Here you can enjoy locally sourced and beautifully prepared food in warm and friendly surroundings.

You can book a table now by emailing, call 01642 590300 or check out their website for more details.

The Black Olive, Hartlepool

Is there anywhere better to celebrate the end of lockdown than at the official champagne bar of Hartlepool? The Black Olive located on the picturesque Hartlepool Marina offers a first-class dining experience within a luxurious mix of eclectic and contemporary decor. The perfect setting to pop a bottle with friends and family.

To make a reservation at The Black Olive, please call 01429 864411 or email and keep an eye on their social media channels for all the latest announcements.

Other Hartlepool Marina eateries we love are Wallis & Co and Portofino.

The Stables Restaurant at Pinchinthorpe Hall

The newly renovated Pinchinthorpe Hall, based between Guisborough and Newton-Under-Roseberry is opening the doors to its adjoining restaurant on the 19 May. Open from Wednesday – Sunday, the restaurant which is set in the old stables and coach house built in 1761 will offer classic British and European cuisine, with fine dining elements.

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These are just a few of our suggestions. There is so much more to discover at

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Indoor dining is permitted for up to two households or groups of up to six from 17 May at the earliest. Remember to follow all government guidance when out enjoying Tees Valley.


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