Darker nights, colder and wetter weather and tighter coronavirus restrictions might mean more of us will be staying at home for the foreseeable.
If you are, you might well be reaching for the takeaway menu as a treat for your household bubble instead of slaving over a hot stove.
As all four of Teesside’s boroughs are now under Tier Two lockdown restrictions, we thought we’d take a look at review site TripAdvisor to search out the top five rated takeaway and delivery restaurants with the most recent reviews listed in each of our main areas.
Here’s what we found:
1. Turtle Bay, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough
Caribbean style food which TripAdvisor reviewers regularly rate excellent. An Island Bundle for one contains jerk pit BBQ ribs, curry goat and coconut rice and peas.
2. Persian Cottage, Benson Street, Linthorpe Road
Serves up Middle Eastern and Mediterranean inspired food which reviewers have called ‘brilliant’. Dishes on the menu include Koobideh to lamb shank.
3. Meze Lounge, Linthorpe Road
Mediterranean and Turkish inspired food that diners say is ‘second to none in Middlesbrough absolutely faultless’.
4. Barbs Pizza, Bedford Street
Pizzas made with a sourdough base, hand rolled, topped and cooked in a wood fired oven.
5. The Tea House, Grange Road
‘Lovely food and drink,” says diners – you can even get your Afternoon Tea delivered for a tea time treat.
1. Spices, Navigation Point
Gets four stars and has a takeaway menu that includes a range of Indian dishes.
2. Cod on the Rocks, Broad Road
Fish and chips described as ‘amazing’ by one reviewer on TripAdvisor.
3. Sheesh Mahal, Coronation Drive
Family run Indian food with a five course special that is also available for takeaway.
4. Bianco’s, Navigation Point
The takeaway menu here includes speciality sandwiches, freshly baked pizza and loaded chips and nachos.
5. Masala Lounge, York Road
During lockdown, the restaurant offered takeaway BBQ packs which one diner described as ‘amazing.’
1. Hope and Union, Silver Court
Beer and burgers, steaks and jerk spiced dishes have diners declaring the food ‘gorgeous.’
2. Carpaccio, Dovecot Street
Italian inspired with a menu that includes pizza, pasta and polli.
3. Lebaneat, Yarm
Lebanese and Middle eastern cuisine here, TripAdvisor reviewers describe the takeaway offering as ‘a real treat.’
4. Shalimar, Billingham
TripAdvisor ratings are 4.5 stars for a menu that includes Indian inspired and tandoori dishes.
5. Pier 22 cafe, Thornaby Place
British cafe described as ‘a hidden gem.’
1. Lemongrass, High Street, Redcar
Thai cuisine where the diners have ‘nothing but good to say.’ The takeaway menu includes stor fries, fish, curries and rice and noodle dishes.
2. Bengal Spice, Station Road, Redcar
A traditional Indian / Bengali restaurant that caters for all tastes, whether you prefer a traditional curry or something a little more adventurous.
3. Light of Asia, Milbank Terrace
Redcar’s hidden gem says one reviewer.
4. Pizza Pronto, Redcar Lane
‘Great quality food prepared and served in a spotless kitchen, can’t go wrong really.. price is great food tastes lovely, fast delivery,’ said one diner.
5. Cafe Istanbul, Ennis Road
‘Great kebabs and fresh naans’ said one reviewer.
Have your say – let us know your favourite takeaways on Teesside and the surrounding area and why you like them.