Commuters who fancy a drink after a hard day at work are often left to consider a sad existence staring down the bottom of a can of pre-mixed gin and tonic bought from the station supermarket, but there is a better way. The Left Luggage Room stands on the southbound platform of Monkseaton Metro station – handy for commuters on their way home who want a quiet pint to destress at the end of the day. The cosy micropub has precious few seats but a good selection of craft beers and wines and a warm welcome.
Want something fun for all the family? Head down to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre to see the Roald Dahl classic George’s Marvellous Medicine. This stage adaptation is full of laughs and promises to be a fantastically imaginative production that will be a trip down memory lane for parents, and a fantastic introduction to the world of Dahl for younger ones.
Don’t let its name put you off – The Rat Inn in the small hamlet of Anick has been serving up fantastic locally-sourced dishes for over 10 years, and was ranked at number 11 in Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs last year. It’s also in the Michelin Guide 2018 if you need further convincing that it’s the place to be for a midweek dinner, and while the menu changes daily, past highlights include slow-cooked belly pork with chestnut and chorizo stew, and homemade scotch eggs.
The Cribs, one of the most iconic British bands of the noughties, brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman have come a long way since they started out in West Yorkshire – Johnny Marr from The Smiths was even a member for quite some time. Last year, they had their own exhibition in their hometown of Wakefield, and they’re currently touring with their seventh album. Catch them at The Middlesbrough Empire this week.