Ever had a craving for a certain type of food? We’re currently obsessing over the paneer kadai at Indian small plates place Bundobust, Leeds. It’s moreish, liberally loaded with cinnamon, and in a deep tomato and red pepper sauce. Grab a plate of this and a couple of beers and you have yourself the making of a great weekday night.
Have you ever heard of a board game café? We hadn’t either, until we came across The Treehouse in Sheffield. With everything from old classics to the latest games, this quirky new café has games to suit every age. Enjoy delicious food and craft beer as you play one of the 300 games which are organised into starters, main courses and dessert so you can change the game as your food arrives.
Live music lovers will already know that it’s Independent Venue Week (in partnership with BBC Music and Arts Council England), and five venues in the North East are celebrating the spirit of independence and local talent with a series of shows across the next seven days. At the Forum Music Centre in Darlington, enjoy mellow, melodic entertainment from songwriters Dave Brittle, Chris Pryke, Chris Davison, Hayley McKay and Marie Marx at their Acoustic Stage night on Wednesday.
Sometimes you just need to cut loose and enjoy a big night out, and the hottest ticket in Newcastle this week is Thursday’s gig by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, three years after they performed as part of the BBC 6 Music Festival in the city. This time, they’ll be at Northumbria University Students Union and the distortion levels will be up to 10, as usual.