Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Horncliffe, Berwick TD15 2XT
Willy Robson’s 2,000 hives turn out absolutely stellar honey. Alongside your standard honey, there’s heather honey, honeycomb and honey mustard too.
Burtree House, Burtree Lane, Darlington DL3 0UY
Burtree are the realest of real deals: they’ve got more Great Taste Awards stars than you’d find in a particularly interesting Dr Brian Cox documentary, and Jean Christophe Novelli once said he’d want a sticky toffee pudding by Burtree as a last meal.
Archer’s Jersey Ice Cream
New Moor Farm, Walworth Gate, Darlington DL2 2UD
The Hub, 28–29 The Esplanade, Redcar TS10 3AE
The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD
Archer’s Jersey milk makes rich, luxurious ice cream in pretty much every flavour ever: branch out from vanilla and try rhubarb, lemon cheesecake or black cherry.
Olive & Bean
17–19 Clayton Street, Newcastle NE1 5PN
0191 233 0990
This independent deli and café is hugely popular, and offers salads, sandwiches and a mouthwatering display of cakes and tray bakes.
The Pudding Parlour
Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5AE
0191 211 5542
Unit 4, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth NE61 1NS
This dessert boutique has something for everyone, and has built a reputation for unique, turbo-charged takes on the usual brownies, cakes and cookies.
The Old Chandlery, Coquet Street, Amble NE65 0DJ
Luxurious ice cream, indulgent cupcakes and a great selection of sundaes and sorbets. Need we say more?
Mason + Rye
39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle NE1 7AS
0191 260 3373
As well as a selection of cakes that can add inches to your waist simply by glancing at them, this bakery-cum-café also serves up a selection of artisan salads, sandwiches and soup for those eating in or on the go.