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Where to shop for your perfect Christmas food and drink

Be the ho ho hostess with the mostess, thanks to these local independents.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 16.12.2021

Smorgasbord Catering Company

‘Tis the season of indulging. There’s so much to think about and organise during the festive period, right? So, 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, who’ll help you sleigh your celebrations.

Specialising in beautifully presented grazing boxes, platters and tables, this catering company will be sure to make your festivities 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 big day yourself!

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

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Laneberg Wine

What better way to get the festivities 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 loved ones. The best part? By choosing this artisan wine, you make celebrations sustainable due to keeping things local. Plus, you come out with a delicious bottle of wine at the end of it, so either way it’s a winner.

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 and enjoy them after Christmas and into New Year? You deserve it after all that impressive hosting!

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

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

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Grate

It’s officially cheeseboard season. In our books, a spectacular seasonal spread isn’t complete without a cheeseboard – and Grate is 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, are blown away by the best of British cheese and fall in flavour – sorry, favour – with some French blue.

Are vegans invited to your party? Don’t worry, Grate is here to the rescue, stocking the best vegan ‘cheese’ on the market. Oh, and they don’t just do cheeses, either. You can get your hands on Grate’s delicious accompaniments too, which are sure to spread some Christmas cheer. We told you they were good!

HLN TOP TIP: Check out Grate’s new collection of cheeseboards that’ll definitely upgrade your spread in style

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

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Cake Stories

Of course, we need something sweet on our table after indulging in all this savoury goodness. That’s why we’ll be sure to pop by Cake Stories in advance.

Getting into the seasonal spirit is a piece of cake, thanks to this talented team of bakers. Serving us their marvellous, melt-in-your-mouth creations – from their Christmas market Snickers with a twist, to orange and cinnamon white chocolate blondie – why not try out their limited edition Rockin’ Around letterbox bakes to spread a little festive cheer to your loved ones from afar? They won’t disappoint.

The best part? You can get all their beautiful cake creations made with the finest, freshest ingredients delivered to you at home or work through their letterbox bakes initiative too, making your Christmas party planning a hell of a lot easier.

Cake Stories,12 Brentwood Avenue, West Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 3DH

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