01 Nov Local produce
Producers of excellent award-winning cheese, ice-cream, yogurt, biscuits and more, Doddington Dairy is few miles from the cottage. You can’t get much more local than this! The winner of “Best Food Produce” in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015, a good range of their goodies is stocked in the Good Life shop in Wooler. The dairy also run Wooler Milk Bar providing excellent ice creams, milk shakes and cooked food to eat in or take away with packs of cheese and yogurt also available.
Bread & Roses
Baking “real artisan sourdough breads” and a range of styles of loaves, including the brown using heritage grains from Northumberland’s Gilchester Organics.
Available from Farm to Freeze on South Road (A697) and The Good Life Shop, both in Wooler.
Trotters have been family bakers since 1969, producing baked goods for wholesale and retail with a local shop on Wooler High Street.
The Great Northumberland Bread Co
Baked in a wood-fired oven, which is fuelled using residual slabwood from the Ford and Etal Estate, this bread contains no artificial additives, flavours, flour improvers or preservatives. They also make popular spiced teacakes and other goodies, and offer baking courses to groups.
LOCAL HONEY, JAMS AND CHUTNEYS
Chain Bridge Honey
Chain Bridge Honey up near Horncliffe have been producing delicious sweetness since the mid 20th century. Their set flower honey, “Tweedside”, is widely available locally but they have their shop on site. And a visit comes with the bonus of seeing their collection of vintage vehicles and the near-by Union Chain Bridge.
Willow Cottage Preserves
Handmade, seasonal jams, marmalade and chutnies using home grown or sourced locally ingredients whenever possible, with nothing artificial. Available locally, including from Good Life Shop, Wooler.
LOCALLY ROASTED COFFEE
Northern Edge Coffee
Family-run coffee roasters near Berwick creating high quality, speciality coffee using ethically sourced green beans. Available online and from many outlets locally.
Fresh, perfectly roasted coffee emerges from Pilgrims’ yurt. Buy online or from their cafe on Lindisfarne … or better yet stop a while in their garden for a cup and a scone.
The Proof of the Pudding
Rightly awarded 9 Great Taste and 2 Great British Food awards, Proof of the Pudding stated out in the early 2000s making small batches of baked and steamed puddings in the Aga of the family farmhouse kitchen just north of Alnwick. Available online and many outlets including the Good Life Shop.
Hetton Law Brewery
A small, hand-built 2.5 barrel microbrewery creating excellent beers half a dozen miles away from Homildon Cottage. Occasionally available on draught in Wooler’s Black Bull or Chatton’s Percy Arms, but bottles are often for sale in Farm to Freeze.
Hadrian Border Brewery
A selection of regular, locally inspired beers, including Secret Kingdom and Farne Island, plus a monthly special. Often features in local pubs while bottles can be ordered for delivery via Majestic Wine in Berwick or bought from Cornhill Village Shop (20 min drive away).
One of the early wave of the revival of “real” beer, Wylam have been brewing “proper beer for proper people” since 2000 with bottles often available in the Co-op.
This blend was first created in the early 1900s to appeal to seafaring Northumbrians, and the company remains based in Alnwick blending rums from Guyana and Jamaica.
Just about still local, if a little to the south, is this gin utilising three different processes for juniper and as recommended in The Daily Telegraph. Available from Fortnum and Mason.
Farm to Freeze
A range of veg from near and far according to season, but a good place to find some local potatoes and the like!
LOCALLY SOURCED MEAT
Alan and Derrick take pride in their locally sourced produce, with home cured bacon, rare breed sausages and Dexter beef from just 10 miles away. Wooler High Street.
Farm to Freeze
Glendale Lamb, soured primarily from Bill Moor at Nesbit Farm, Wooler, and pheasants, rabbits and deer fresh from the local Lilburn Estates.
These are just some of the highlights of the food being produced and grown in Glendale and beyond in north Northumberland. We’d welcome comments and suggestions on others to add to the list or – more importantly perhaps – sink our teeth into!