6 of the finest fresh food producers in the North East
From the freshly-cut meats of family butchers' to ice-cold organic milk straight from a vending machine, we’ve found the best of the best local food producers.
By Rachael Nichol
North Acomb Farm Shop
There’s something about buying local that makes you feel at home. And when you step inside North Acomb Farm Shop, you’ll feel the warm, friendly atmosphere that’ll make you feel part of their family straight away.
Sick of the hustle and bustle of supermarkets? This family-run farm shop based in Stocksfield has got you covered. With all their produce freshly made on their farm, Robin and Caroline Baty provide high-quality dairy, bakes and freshly picked fruit, making your shopping trip less stressful.
And with 43 years of experience under their belt, the husband and wife duo has gone from strength to strength. Now they’re offering a wide range of meats including Aberdeen Angus beef, (perfect for a Sunday roast) – and freshly baked pies and pastries that are guaranteed to make your mouth water. They even have a home baking section for you to have a go at baking cakes and biscuits yourself!
HLN top tip: Try Robin’s legendary black pudding – you won’t regret it!
Here at HLN, we love anything to do with cheese, so it’s only natural that we’ve found the perfect place to satisfy our cheeky cheese cravings. Our fairy godmonger Moz Murphy has made our dreams come true – after opening one of the first stores in Newcastle that’s dedicated purely to the love of cheese.
Right in the heart of Jesmond, you can taste cheeses from around the world: indulging in Italian cheese, being blown away by the best of British cheese and falling in love with some French blue. What’s not to love?
But their menu doesn’t stop there. There’s also a wide range of goat’s, sheep’s milk and blue cheese galore that’ll just melt in your mouth. Better yet, you can get your hands on Grate’s delicious accompaniments to upgrade your evening spread – you’ll definitely blow your guests away. Worried about the vegans in your life? Grate is here to the rescue once again, stocking the best vegan ‘cheese’ on the market.
Who doesn’t love freshly cut meat from your local butchers? It’s on a different level to supermarket-bought meats. And after being in the business for over 100 years, we can guarantee you’ll be sure to get the highest quality meats at Nicholson’s.
Whether you need meat for a special date night meal or for your Sunday roast, Nicholson’s sources top-quality prime beef, lamb, pork and poultry from long-established local farmers to take your meals to the next level of flavour.
And they go above and beyond their role of a butcher. The family-run business offers a home delivery service and freshly baked goods, meaning you’re spoilt for choice with what to order. Nicholson’s have really thought of everything – they’re now even offering BBQ and entertainment packages, too – thanks guys!
HLN top tip: The sausage rolls are next level!
Ox Close Farm
We’re sure you’ve already seen these adorable milk bottles whilst scrolling down on your Instagram feed. And if you haven’t yet this gives us the pleasure of introducing them to you. Thanks to Ox Close Farm, you can now get fresh, ice-cold milk through a vending machine. (Yes, you’ve heard right)
What a brilliant idea from the Brass family, whose freshly pasteurised whole milk is proving a massive hit on the ‘gram. Bringing back this blast from the past, there’s something so appealing about having milk in a glass bottle – and it’s good for the environment, too!
The best part is that it isn’t just plain milk you can buy – there’s also a range of flavours to choose from strawberry, chocolate and banana, there’s a new special every week.
Craving a top-quality coffee? Well, this small, family-run speciality roasting business has you covered. Roasting coffee beans right in front of your eyes, inspired by the Australian coffee scene where owner Alex learned his craft. There’s a real sense of class and sophistication as you receive your cuppa – which certainly makes us feel a little VIP with our brew.
Not sure which coffee to go for? Baristocracy’s doors are always open for you to pop in and taste test before you purchase. As soon as you walk in, you’ll be hit with the aroma of fresh, warm coffee.
Keen to perfect your home brewing technique? They offer home barista training to help you master the perfect cup of artisan coffee in your own kitchen too!
Piercebridge Organic Farm Shop and Café
We all need to do our bit to help save the environment and shopping organic is just a small and simple way that we can help. Piercebridge Organic is home to more than 2,000 award-winning organic product – in other words plenty for us to choose from!
The farm has earned a glowing reputation for its tender Hampshire pork and lamb from their flock of mixed sheep, as well as their, Aberdeen Angus beef and the fresh eggs from their home-reared resident hens. Not forgetting the vegetables handpicked from North East soil too, and dairy products in abundance!
Now Summer has arrived, it only means one thing – BBQs. And what better way to level up your BBQ game than with Piercebridge Farm’s juicy burgers and sausages made in their onsite butchers? Or, for your Sunday roast, their classic joints and cuts of meat, will definitely taste so much fresher than your average roast.