The big boys of the brewing scene are all well and good, but Haltwhistle-based Muckle Brewing are making aficionados sit up and take notice. Try the Muckle Buster, a fruity red ale inspired by the sun setting across the Solway Firth.
Yummy Things’ pleasingly on-the-nose name is, yet more pleasingly, entirely correct. They do jams, chutneys, marmalades and preserves which vault giddily between top-class takes on the classics – damson jam, for instance, or ginger orange marmalade – and more esoteric stuff like plum jam with black pepper or banana chutney.
Newcastle blenders Easy Teasy are at the top of their game right now. We’re big, big fans of this chocolate and coconut spin on black tea, flavoured with proper chunks of both choc and coconut which melt into the tea and give it real oomph.