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Retrial set for Secret Menu

The first places in a unique behind-bars dining experience were snapped up in seconds.

But for those still keen for a taste of life inside, a Retrial is just around the corner.

When tickets for the Secret Menu's Incarcerated went on sale last month, the sixteen places were snapped up in less than a minute.

The gaol-based gastronomic extravaganza takes place on November 22 in the atmospheric setting of the historic cells at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Now thanks to popular demand, Maitre D' Paul Kay has announced The Retrial, to give another lucky group the chance of a meal in the historic venue in January, with two dates available - Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11.

Previous diners and unsuccessful applicants will be invited to apply from tomorrow night (Friday, November 1), with any remaining spaces up for grabs from Saturday evening.

Paul said: "I was blown away by the response to Incarcerated, which far outweighed our expectations - we knew it would sell out, but to do so in 60 seconds was incredible.

"We're excited to again be working with the team at Middlesbrough Town Hall, hosting The Retrial in another wonderful space in Middlesbrough Council's property portfolio."

The Secret Menu is a fusion of secret supper clubs and pop-up restaurants - a relaxed, informal, dining experience centred on first class food without the formalities of fine dining.

The aim is to bring like-minded diners together, who may be absolute strangers, in a relaxed environment to enjoy an unknown menu at an unknown location.

The man in the kitchen is multi award-winning chef Sean Wilkinson who has over 25 years' experience heading up restaurants in the UK, Austria, France and Greece.

Cllr Mieka Smiles, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Culture and Communities, said: "The response to Incarcerated was amazing, so it's only right that there should be a Retrial.

"It's another chance to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience in a truly unique setting."

Check the​ Secret Menu website for updates.