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4 catering, wine and dessert spots that’ll make you the hostess with the mostess

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 12.08.2021

Laneberg Wine


What better way to get the party started than by getting the wine flowing? And we’re not talking about just any ordinary wine, we’re talking about… Laneberg Wine.

Proudly holding the title of Tyneside’s first winery, Laneberg sources the highest quality English grapes to give that fresh, smooth and luxurious taste to their blends that’ll go down nicely with your guests.

We love a good wine here at HLN, so we can guarantee you’ll be able to taste the difference from your usual vinos.  Why not treat yourself to a bottle or two, to enjoy after your party? You deserve it after all that impressive hosting – save the thought of your hangover for tomorrow!


HLN TOP TIP: Our favourite is the Bacchus – the best white wine in the world, in our humble opinion.

Laneberg Wine, 20 Kingsway Interchange, Eleventh Avenue, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0JY



In our books, a spectacular party spread isn’t complete without a cheeseboard. And Grate is just the cheesemonger that’ll be sure to satisfy all of your guest’s cheeky cheese cravings.

Step things up a gear and bring the flavour combos from around the world to your party. You’ll have your guests’ mouths watering as they indulge in Italian ricotta, be blown away by the best of British cheese and fall in flavour – sorry, favour–  with some French blue.

Oh, and they don’t just do cheeses, you can get your hands on Grate’s delicious accompaniments that’ll upgrade your party spread to the next level.

Are vegans invited to your party? Don’t worry, Grate is here to the rescue, stocking the best vegan ‘cheese’ on the market, too. We told you they were good.

Grate Newcastle, 252 Jesmond Road, Newcastle, NE2 1LD


Le Mini Macaron


Of course, we need something sweet on our table after indulging in all of this savory goodness. That’s why we’ll be sure to pop by Le Mini Macaron in advance.

Mother and daughter duo Joanne and Gillian Kenyon will add what can only be described as pure baking greatness to your party spread with their mini macarons – trust us, we’ve tried them.

Whether you’re feeling fruity with lemon meringue or strawberries and cream or you’re wanting to indulge with salted caramel and Biscoff, you’ll be spoilt for choice with 18 flavours combos, each one sure to satisfy all the sweet teeth at your party.


HLN TOP TIP: You have to try their chocolate brownie themed macaron cakes – they’re heavenly

Le Mini Macaron, Newcastle Enterprise Centre i8, Lynwood Terrace
Newcastle, NE4 6UL

Smorgasbord Catering Company


Don’t have the time to pull everything together for your party? Give yourself one less thing to worry about by enlisting the help of these impressive caterers.

Think everything from cured meats, fresh cheese and baked biscuits to refreshing beers, spirits and wine, serve your friends and family with the wow factor with a sensational spread courtesy of Smorgasbord.

Specialising in beautifully presented grazing boxes, platters and tables, this catering company will be sure to make your next occasion that extra bit special. And best of all, you’ll have more time to entertain your loved ones rather than stressing about the food, giving you those top hosting points and a chance to enjoy the party yourself!


Smorgasbord Catering Company, 61 Park View, Whitley Bay,
NE26 3RL


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