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Where to get your Autumn foodie fix in the North East

Think pumpkin spice lattes, cosy comfort food and seasonal sweet treats.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 07.10.2021
Good Tempered Chocolate Company Halloween

The Good Tempered Chocolate Company

Chocolate is the way to anyone’s heart, right? So as the weather turns colder and the days grow darker, we deserve to indulge in some cheeky chocolate treats to brighten up our days. And our friends at Good Tempered give us all the seasonal sweet treats we need. 

From dark chocolate, cranberry ginger & raisin slabs, pumpkin spice caramel eggs and limited edition Halloween gold chocolate pumpkins, get your first taste of Autumn with these delicious delights. Oh, and if you have any birthdays around the corner, these seasonal specials will make a perfect unique gift for your loved ones. Who doesn’t love chocolate?!

Kennedy and Rhind

Autumn is back, which only means one thing… it’s soup season! With the dreaded cold and flu starting to spread, homemade vegetable soup is just what we need to cure our tickly throats and chesty coughs. Whether you’re after some mushroom, celery and shallot soup or if you’d prefer courgette and goats’ cheese soup, Kennedy and Rhind will instantly make your lunch that bit extra special during those dull Autumnal days. 

Not forgetting their selection of perfect freshly prepared pies. From steak, mushroom and red wine pie to our fave family classic cottage pie, here you’ll get your cosy seasonal fix that’ll have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside – Autumn isn’t so bad, right?

The Northumberland Arms

Nothing warms the soul more than a bit of comfort food. After a refreshing, breezy walk in our gorgeous Northumberland countryside, why not stop off at The Northumberland Arms for some pub grub? 

Known for its sensational seasonal menu, including venison Bolognese, wasabi salmon, ribeye steak, pie of the day and slow-cooked pork belly, get warmed up and cosy in front of a snug stove in this gorgeous rural setting with stunning views of a 16th Century bridge and across the River Coquet.

HLN TOP TIP: Try out their street food menu! We recommend the Harissa spiced lamb flatbread

Cake Stories Newcastle Pumpkin

Cake Stories

Getting into the seasonal spirit is a piece of cake thanks to Cake Stories. Serving us the softest and squishiest pumpkin spice sponge cake topped with thick and silky cream cheese frosting, their pumpkin spice cake is their newest addition on the menu and it doesn’t disappoint! And why not wash down this seasonal speciality with a pumpkin spice latte? We’ve waited all year for this – embrace all those autumnal vibes! 

The best part? Get all their beautiful cake creations made with their finest and freshest ingredients delivered at home or work through their letterbox bakes, making your dull autumnal days that little bit brighter. 

HLN TOP TIP: Try a box of brownios – the most fantastic creation ever!

The Blackbird

On a cold crisp Sunday, not sure about you, but all we can think about is indulging in a roast. And what better way to get that cosy fix than inside a rustic country pub nestled in the heart of Northumberland village of Ponteland? Sundays are known the be the day of rest. So, relax and let head chef Ralph and his talented kitchen team serve you a top-quality Sunday dinner. 

You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of options on the menu, including a trio of meats, roast turkey and stuffing and topside of beef stuffing, all served with roasties, mash, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. And if you can handle some dessert, sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble and a warm chocolate brownie are served, making your Sunday not so bad!

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