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Middlesbrough has a booming hospitality sector that creates a powerful draw for all ages right throughout the week. The major streets throughout the town centre already have an abundance of restaurants, bars, and clubs, with further exciting new choices on the horizon.

As with the retail sector, there’s a thriving independent hospitality offer in Middlesbrough encompassing bars, micro-pubs, cafes, and restaurants. Well-known brands including Bistrot Pierre, Lane 7, and Turtle Bay have also begun to recognise the opportunities present in Middlesbrough, further adding to the vibrancy of the food and beverage scene.

Middlesbrough’s town centre regeneration programme provides exciting opportunities for hospitality businesses to invest in this fast-developing marketplace.

Consumer Powerhouse

Middlesbrough’s consumer sector is one of the best performing in the UK, ahead of nearby cities and those up and down the UK. In the 2018 UK Consumer Powerhouse report (Irwin Mitchell and Centre for Economics and Business Research), using a series of measures comparing the fortunes of more than 40 cities, Middlesbrough’s vibrant and diverse city centre economy stands out as one of the star performers. It’s consistently near the top of a series of tables gauging the health of a key sector covering retail, leisure, tourism and food and drink. Read the full Consumer Powerhouse story.


Case study

“I took a risk seven years ago and opened my little teahouse. It has gone from strength to strength giving me the opportunity to employ an amazing team of staff who are also as passionate about this area as myself.

I have lived, studied and built up my own business in this town for the past 12 years and so proud to call it home. It has so many opportunities and amazing events that we can visit right on our doorstep and it feels a pleasure to be a part of it and its ever growing independent culture.

The town has grown so much in the past few years, the last five especially. People are taking more risks, which is so refreshing to see and setting up businesses that are close to their hearts. I am so excited to see what this town has to offer.”

– Carli McNaught
Owner of The Tea House and co-owner of Hit the Bar