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During these recent challenging times, local businesses have been key in helping us all get the things we really need, when we need them. Shopping at local independent retailers has even helped create a sense of community spirit. There’s nothing better than discovering a hidden gem, full of character that is unique to where you live.

As well as the selection of well-known high street stores, big brands and famous eateries at intu Eldon Square, there are some great local businesses you should check out on your next visit too.

Opening times may vary, so please check with the retailer direct before visiting.

Serendipity

Independent retailer

Green floral greetings card reading best day ever

Serendipity is a truly unique store at intu Eldon Square. Browse their huge selection of carefully crafted cards and gifts, as well as their beautiful range of stylish home accessories. The broad gift range includes books, gift wrap, jewellery and candles. The store also stock a wide range of Jellycat soft toys, with new products in stock as soon as they are released!

There’s so much to choose from, you’ll struggle not to find something you love in there!

Umai Mi

Independent restaurant

Prawn rice sizzling plate

Umai Mi (pronounced ‘oo-mah-mee’) is a Japanese phrase that describes the moreish taste combination of sweet, sour, salty and bitter!

If you’re looking for a bite to eat during your shopping trip, or a more indulgent evening meal, Umai Mi is the place to be. The Pan-Asian restaurant is a fusion of traditional and modern cooking that will take you on a tasty culinary journey. Umai Mi also has a variety of drinks including beers, exotic cocktails and for a true taste of the Orient, why not try Japanese Sake.

We recommend trying the Korean fried chicken, the sushi rolls, and their special sizzling hot plates, they are truly delicious!

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George’s Great British Kitchen

Unique in the North East

Apple & Caramac crumble pie with ice cream

Founders Andrew and Nick knew they wanted George’s Great British Kitchen to be a place that celebrated British food, but in a totally unique way! That’s why every single dish on the menu has its own personality and something that makes it different to anything else. All of the dishes are created using carefully selected fresh ingredients, with nothing artificial added.

George’s are renowned for their fish and chips, but if you fancy something a bit different, you should try the chicken tikka masala pie! The pie combines two of the nation’s favourite dishes, it’s topped with bhaji onion rings and served with a pot of mango chutney.

We also recommend the comforting apple and Caramac crumble pie, drizzled with salted caramel sauce and a scoop of traditional vanilla ice cream.

Keep an eye out for when George’s Great British Kitchen  is opening back up soon.

Chaophraya

Unique in the North East

Chaophraya rooftop terrace view

Located on the top floor of intu Eldon Square with views out to Grey’s Monument, escape the bustle of the city and dine in style with a visit to Chaophraya! Chaophraya offers an impressive mix of classic Thai and signature dishes, including vegan and gluten free options. Make a night of it and enjoy some exotic cocktails out on the stunning rooftop terrace.

Can’t wait until you visit? Why not re-create their Thai red curry at home with this fakeaway recipe.

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Tapas Revolution

Unique in the North East

Selection of tapas plates

Tapas Revolution specialise in (you guessed it) tapas! Those famous little dishes found in almost every bar in Spain.

The restaurant’s selection of tapas, wine and cervezas are typical of those you would find in owner Omar Allibhoy’s hometown of Madrid. Create a personalised meal to share with a variety of meat, fish and vegetarian tapas! Why not enjoy with a glass of Rioja or sip on their refreshing homemade lemonade. Tapas are meant to be shared, at any time of day and for any occasion!

Keep an eye out for Tapas Revolution opening soon, and in the meantime, why not try their store-cupboard staple paella recipe at home?

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