Aberdeen is set to cast away the January blues with the grand return of the largest Aberdeen Restaurant Week from January 22 to February 4. With a record-breaking 75 city centre establishments participating, the foodie fortnight promises a diverse culinary journey.
THANKS to a £5,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Regional Food Fund, Aberdeen Inspired has expanded the event, offering discerning diners an extensive array of menus starting at £10. Adrian Watson, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired, expresses delight in the event’s growth, stating, “We are delighted this grant from the Regional Food Fund has allowed us to build on the success of Aberdeen Restaurant Week.”
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The foodie extravaganza is not just a treat for the taste buds but also a boon for the hospitality industry during the traditionally quiet winter season. Watson emphasises the significance, stating, “For the venues themselves, the foodie fortnight is a welcome way of boosting business.” The event aims to attract people into the city centre, providing an opportunity to explore other attractions and even make a night of it with an overnight hotel stay.
In the West End, a mix of returning favourites and exciting newcomers awaits food enthusiasts. Ross Cochrane, chef-owner of Mara Wine Bar, is thrilled to participate, offering small plates and wines at set prices. Cochrane states, “We look forward to welcoming everyone into Mara over the foodie fortnight and beyond.” New entrants like The Albyn and Madame Mews bring unique offerings to the table, adding to the culinary diversity.
The event extends beyond traditional dining, featuring cafes like Second Home Studio + Café and special events like Burns Suppers and cooking classes. Roy Morrison, General manager of All Bar One, attests to the positive impact, saying, “We took part in Aberdeen Restaurant Week for the first time in August last year, and it was a fantastic result for us.” Returning favourites, including popular establishments like Tippling House and Pigs Wings, ensure a delectable experience for all.Aberdeen Restaurant Week promises not just a feast for the palate but a celebration of the city’s vibrant culinary scene. With menus priced at £10, £15, £20, £25, or £30, the event invites locals and visitors alike to indulge in the gastronomic delights the city has to offer. Explore the full list of participating venues on Aberdeen Inspired website and savour the diverse flavours of Aberdeen.