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4 Dine-at-home boxes you have to try before we leave lockdown

Written by High Life North
Published 23.03.2021

By Sophie Swift

It’s safe to say that here in the North East, as it has everywhere, the hospitality industry has had to modify its business plans over the last year. This has by no means been an easy task and has taken a great deal of resilience and determination to ensure there is even a hospitality industry for us to return to post-COVID. Many restaurants, pubs and bars have established a takeaway service, while others have gone one step further and created innovative dine-at-home boxes.

We can’t wait for hospitality to reopen when it’s safe to do so, and we’ll be booking a fair few tables in the coming weeks and months! But until then, we’re pleased restaurants, cafés, bakeries and all manner of other eateries are still offering ways to stay profitable and keep customers smiling. Here are some of our faves.



The South Causey Inn has created a variety of celebration boxes that are available to order every Saturday and Sunday. Both boxes are designed for two people to enjoy: there’s the Wine, Dine and Cocktail Box for £145, and the Beer, Gin, and Dine Box for £125.

Each box includes two chef-prepared starters, two main courses and two desserts for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for making date night a little more exciting! The boxes come complete with a candle, napkins and even toothpicks as if you were in an actual restaurant, so you can really set the mood.

Check out the South Causey Inn celebration boxes here 


Six is offering a selection of meal kits to help you recreate that top-of-the-BALTIC experience from your own kitchen. They also have an afternoon tea box available, which features a choice of finger sandwiches, cakes, and scones, all freshly prepared and ready to enjoy, which are perfect for spreading a little love (whether among family and friends or yourself).

With chef-prepared dining kits that can be cooked easily at home thanks to the step-by-step instructions provided – all under 30 minutes, we may add – it kinda seems rude not to.

Chef-prepared dining kits available here





The Forge has been offering a broad selection of takeaway options throughout lockdown – and the beauty with them is that they focus on weekend specials. The Forge’s Friday option, for example, is a varied assortment of fish, vegetarian small plates, mains, and desserts, whereas their Saturday menu centres around steak. And, as is expected, on Sundays they offer a variety of traditional roast dinners, including chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and a vegetarian option. Proper pub grub – minus the pub (for now).

View The Forge selection here




Kenny Atkinson’s House of Tides in Newcastle has created spectacular at-home dining boxes for us all to enjoy. Including four courses, with options for additional snacks and treats here and there for good measure, the boxes on offer at this Michelin-starred restaurant are available for collection or delivery on Fridays and Saturdays only.

And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be delighted to know that a selection of wine, bottled cocktails and beers can also be added to your order.

Home dine with House of Tides here 



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