Restaurants making great event venues in north-east as they defy downturn

Restaurants in the north-east of England are continuing to open at a steady rate in spite of the global economic downturn, providing good event venues for many, reports Journal Live.

While new restaurants are opening, existing ones are choosing to expand, against a background of continuing good business. The region remains relatively prosperous and as a result top chefs are being swayed to relocate there to become part of the growing sector. Good quality eateries offer a great chance for people to be social together, while corporate customers seeking more relaxed meeting venues can also form a strong client base.

Sandy Duncan, lead manager for the North East England Food and Drink Group (NEEFDG), told the website: "Despite the economic climate, new venues continue to open in our cities, towns and in many rural areas."

She added that the region is becoming popular as a general tourist destination, although the ever-present spectre of economic recession meant there was little room for error.

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