The restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges and attractions that have opened so far this year

From restaurants and cafes to bars, lounges and new stores, Teesside has seen many businesses open so far in 2021.

We’ve rounded up some of the newer companies to start trading since early 2021.

Whether it’s people who rethought last year and trying something new, or ideas that were well advanced before the lockdown, it will take more than a global pandemic to stop this batch.

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Jack butler

The Meldyke

Stainton village

Chef Jack Butler, 26, has taken over former teahouses next to the Stainton Inn, having honed his craft at some of the area’s best restaurants including Vine, The Vane Arms, Judges, Cafe Lilli and Violet Green .

He opts for a cheerful and relaxed “unpretentious” vibe for his new restaurant – and diners love the place.

Banh Mi


The latest addition to the village food scene is slated to open this week, overlooking the village park.

It’s a business between the owner of the Teesside venue, Barry Faulkner, and its executive chef Jack Beadle, who looks after Scrann, Canteen and Cocktails and The Scruffy Duck.

It will serve contemporary pan-Asian cuisine.

Shaun and Gemma
Shaun and Gemma

Crystal Haven


Psychic medium Shaun Davis-Webb has launched his Spiritual Shop in the Pavillion micro-shops in downtown Thornaby, selling “witch trinkets”, handmade gifts and “all kinds of healing crystals and jewelry” .


Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Turkish restaurant and mezze bar Efe’s has taken over Great, the Greek restaurant run by former Middlesbrough FC player Dimi Konstantopoulos on Linthorpe Road.

Customers say it is “atmospheric” and serves “excellent authentic food”.

Jenna Hill
From Spencerbeck to Dubai and back – Jenna as a cabin crew and also in her new role

Jenna Hill Fitness


Jenna lived a jet-set lifestyle, living in Dubai as a cabin crew for Emirates – but was fired during the lockdown.

Spencerbeck’s daughter has set up her ’21-Day Challenge’ fitness business, amassing hundreds of followers – and people say it’s ‘life changed’.

The scene

Ingleby Barwick

University professor Molly Shaher has transformed a funeral home, the former home of Thomas Rea and Sons, into a cafe, bar and gift shop.

Brazilian Steakhouse from Rio


Newcastle’s number one restaurant on Tripadvisor announced it would be coming to Middlesbrough for an opening in December 2020 – but it was only able to light the rodizio grills months later due to restrictions.

Customers said it was worth the wait, giving rave reviews instead of Center Square.

Fortune Xpress Cookie


The 50-seat Chinese takeaway restaurant has opened in the former KFC on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough. This is one of the few places where you can get Chinese food and cookie dough desserts all in one place, thanks to its menu of Italian sweets.

Dave and Louise took over the old Densham's Deli
Dave and Louise took over the old Densham’s Deli

First class lunch box


Norton couple Dave and Louise both quit their 25-year careers, took over former Densham’s Deli on Yarm Lane – and revamped it as a Top Class Lunchbox.

“Disco” Dave also runs the 30-year-old Top Class Discos event company and Top Class Diner food van in Haverton Hill.

Sainsbury Food Hall


The supermarket opened a food court in the rather unusual location of the popular Dobbie’s Garden Center in January, which means shoppers can pick up their groceries as well as plants and flowers at the Yarm Road store.



Pizza lovers rejoiced when the fast food favorite opened its branch at Teesside Industrial Estate, on Fleck Way alongside Greggs, Subway and the Anson Farm pub.

Louise, 17, created Posh Paws Bakery
Louise, 17, created Posh Paws Bakery

Pattes Posh Bakery


Guisborough teenager Louise McGill perfected her dog treat recipes – from cookies to “puppy pies” and birthday cakes – while studying animal nutrition at Askham Bryan College in Middlesbrough.

She realized there was a gap in the market for healthy treats during a stint at a kennel, now the 17-year-old is taking orders from dog owners around the world.

Angels Fishing


The latest fish and chip addition to Whitby’s dining scene has opened a second branch in St Anne’s Staith.

The hair cabinet


Owner Sarah Birch opened her boutique in the heart of downtown Stockton on the town’s Prince Regent Street, offering a hair and styling salon and specializing in hair extensions and accessories.

Puraglow Cosmetics


Also on Prince Regent Street in Regent Mews, Puraglow opened when restrictions were relaxed in April. The Beauty Practice The beauty practice offers a range of advanced non-surgical facials and the new clinic will soon also be a training center.



Southfield Road Restaurant has taken over from former Al Forno’s to bring a “touch of class to the boro”, serving “quirky” Italian dishes and cocktails for “Middlesbrough foodies”.

The new look of the Staincliffe hotel
The new look of the Staincliffe hotel

The Staincliffe

Seaton Carew

The once “sorry for itself” beachfront hotel has received a major overhaul by new owners with marble floors and a new cocktail bar.

TS20 Bank


Some new sites have waited long after the Prime Minister put the brakes on reopening – and The Bank TS20, which took over the old Yorkshire Bank on High Street, was no exception.

Initially on track for an opening in October 2020, it was finally able to serve its first customers in mid-April.

Open jar


The busy restaurant has moved from Hartlepool Marina to larger premises in Seaton. Owner Joe Frank recently hosted a free parmo day – having previously said he would give away 2,000 if England won the Euro.

Best friends Leanne and Amy open The Dessert Pod in Stokesley
Best friends Leanne and Amy open The Dessert Pod in Stokesley

Dessert capsule


It’s the only dedicated Stokesley store of its kind, opened by friends Leanne Reed and Amy Cutler after a huge surge in demand for their treats during the lockdown.

The tanning shop

Berwick Hills

The nationwide channel saw an “unprecedented demand” from Teessiders for a post-containment glow when it opens in Middlesbrough.

Within three days of welcoming its first customers on Super Monday, it had passed most of its 86 stores, and bosses now want to open more branches in Teesside.

The reduction

Salt burn

The seaside town’s first zero waste store was set up to make life as “easy as possible” for people who want to live sustainably.

Owner Tracy Reeve sells a variety of items including organic food, cleaning supplies and essentials at the Dundas Street West store.

Harry McBean enjoys racing car simulator at The Gaming Hideaway
Harry McBean enjoys racing car simulator at The Gaming Hideaway

The refuge of the game


Visitors can go on missions to Mars, participate in moon landings, or dodge fire-breathing dragons in this gaming paradise.

The top-level VR venue has taken over the former offices of St Peter’s House, Thornaby Pavilion.

I need this kit


Stemming from the idea of ​​businesswoman Sam Grierson, who runs Skins and Needles Beauty, I Need That Kit was launched in response to the salon’s closure during the lockdown – and it won her the Entrepreneur Award. of the year 2021.

I Need That Kit builds a huge following on Instagram with its products, from newborns to beauty kits and kids.

Macy ‘Brown’s


The bustling Yarm, Middlesbrough and Guisborough bar chain has opened its latest restaurant in Whitby, overlooking the harbor.

Richard Bland, left, and Mike Racz

Headquarters hairdressers and beverages


Head Quarters Barbers & Beverages on Ormesby Road hairstyled its first customers on April 12.

The owners say they want to bring in “one of the oldest professions of the 21st century”.

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