The Best Butchers, Bakers and Easter Egg Makers
Easter is just around the corner and there is no better time to discover the best local butchers, bakers and Easter egg makers
De Giorgio Butchers
This award-winning, traditional butchers found in two bordering villages in Sunderland has been offering high-quality, locally-sourced meat for more than 40 years. As one of the oldest butchers in the North East, De Giorgio know the trade inside-out and can offer delicious homemade pies and quiches alongside their vast stock of free-range meats. Their British beef is hand-selected from a local supplier and the majority of their English lamb comes from Northumberland.
10 East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BX
0191 529 2318
39 Front Street, Cleadon SR6 7PG
0191 536 7450
Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food
Having built a reputation for producing and supplying fine food and quality meat since 1880, Turnbull’s Northumbrian Foods is now run by the fifth and six generation of family custodians, and Turnbull’s is proud to be known as one of Britain’s Best Butchers. For your new season spring lamb (and some expert advice), head to Turnbull’s in Alnwick for a flavoursome and tender cut which the whole family will enjoy. You can also pick up a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, deli produce such as cheeses, olives and preserves, as well as biscuits, sauces and bakery foods all under the same roof at Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food Hall.
Willowburn Retail Park, Alnwick NE66 2DJ
R. Green & Son Butchers
Established in 1888, R. Green and Son Butchers pride themselves on their quality produce, highly experienced staff and their level of service to customers. As winners of The Northern Regional Butchers Section of the Countryside Alliance Awards, the team here have plenty of knowledge to help you select the best cut of meat perfect for your Easter feast. Choose from premium cuts of dry-aged Northumbrian beef, or tender cuts of lamb sourced from farms in Longframlington and Thropton – and check out their impressive range of award-winning handmade pies too.
Front Street, Longframlington NE65 8DR
This online Yorkshire butchers is known for their whole-carcass, nose-to-tail philosophy for nutrient-dense meat with incredible flavour. The flavour of their beef, pork and lamb is maximised when the meat is dry-aged on the bone for a minimum of 28 days in their Himalayan salt ageing chamber which creates the perfect environment to tenderise the meat. From a whole lamb shoulder which is perfect for slow weekend cooking, to succulent chops, Swaledale Butchers have got you covered.
At this award-winning, family-run farm shop you’ll find everything you need for the perfect Easter feast. At the in-house, full-carcass butchers the meat is hung the traditional way and freshly prepared each morning, and you can expect to find their own cured hams and bacon, sustainably sourced free-range chicken, as well as grass-fed and dry-aged beef and lamb. The bakery, deli and farm shop also have a vast selection of local producers stocked on the shelves and the team here are proud to support over 100 local suppliers.
Holdenfields Farm, Castlelevington, Yarm TS15 9PB
Bread and Roses
Specialising in authentic, natural-leavened and sourdough breads, Alnwick-based Bread and Roses have a huge range of loaves on offer, perfect for an Easter feast. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the black pumpernickel loaf – an authentic German-style bread made only with rye, offering a caramelised flavour and enjoyed best with smoked fish.
Willowtree Industrial Estate, Alnwick NE66 2HA
The range of sourdoughs at PureKnead are created using traditional techniques, taking 48 hours to create and made using only flour, water and salt. What first started as a stall on Tynemouth Market has since developed into two bakeries stocked full of fresh bakes and local produce. From artisan breads, cakes, pastries and sandwiches to bespoke cake commissions and tailor-made treats, PureKnead has everything you need for an Easter feast.
111–113 Park View, Whitley Bay
38 Dean Street, Newcastle NE1 1PG
Since 1984 Bondgate Bakery have been making traditional breads using local, pure and unadulterated ingredients. From large white loaves to bloomers, granary cobs and fruity muesli breads, they produce it all. The shop in Otley is also full of handmade award-winning cakes and savouries, and their famous hot cross buns shouldn’t be missed this Easter!
30 Bondgate, Otley LS21 1AD
The Angel’s Share
Offering a taste of Yorkshire with the occasional continental twist, The Angel’s Share in Richmond’s Station produce a wide range of breads, patisserie and local specialities using both their own recipes and recipes which have been passed down through generations of families. All of their produce is made using the very best ingredients and the team here take real pride in hand-making all their pastries, biscuits and breads.
Richmond Station, Station Yard, Richmond DL10 4LD
From a small bakery to a bigger premises, and now a café, Forge Bakery have risen to the demand for their in-house-baked breads and pastries. Baking everything from scratch, the team at this Sheffield-based bakery like to create their delicious breads slowly and in the traditional way, fermenting their sourdoughs, yeasted breads and pastries over multiple days to allow their known-for flavours to develop. Their bread menu is seasonal and also changes throughout the week so be sure to pop in to check out their delicious range of daily breads.
302 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FL
0114 258 8987
EASTER EGG MAKERS
Found in the heart of the idyllic village of Warkworth, this quaint little chocolate shop makes the most delicious handmade, fresh cream chocolates and figurines. From dark chocolate orange and champagne chocolate boxes, to gifts which celebrate Warkworth and its proximity to the coast (the chocolate-shaped lobsters are a must), Caboose has a range of gift ideas perfect for Easter. Don’t forget to pick up an Italian coffee or one of their famous hot chocolates made with real chocolate for the journey home.
5 Dial Place, Warkworth NE65 0UR
Inspired by founder Vicky’s journeys and explorations to all four corners of the world, Meraki Cacao make healthier alternatives to mass produced chocolate so you can enjoy a chocolatey treat without feeling guilty. Each bar is free from dairy, gluten, refined sugar, soya and palm oil, but the delicious ingredients such as ground cashew nuts and Palmyra Blossom nectar, alongside the cacao, mean they’re packed with tasty flavours. For those looking for a healthier Easter treat, pick up a range of deliciously-flavoured bars from Meraki Cacao’s online shop, or find the bars stocked at retailers and markets across the region.
In the market town of Pickering, you’ll find Birdgate Chocolatiers who create unique handmade chocolates and chocolate gifts, including seasonal treats. The team here use locally sourced ingredients where possible to create their delicious chocolates, and local heather honey, rhubarb and hand-roasted coffee from a local roastery are just some of the flavours to expect. If you’re visiting the chocolate shop make sure to check out their own luxurious ice cream which is made with fresh cream and free range eggs – the sour cherry and chocolate flavours have caught our eye.
14 Birdgate, Pickering YO18 7AL
White Rabbit Chocolatiers
This independent, family business hand-make awardwinning chocolate creations in micro batches using traditional techniques. Easter is the highlight of the year for these chocolatiers and their amazing range of handmade chocolate Easter eggs and figurines are the perfect treat or gift for any chocolate lover. If you’re looking to get more hands-on, White Rabbit Chocolatiers are hosting Easter workshops in April at their Beverley shop where customers can decorate their own delicious chocolate eggs.
14–16 Dyer Lane, Beverley HU17 8AE0
Paragon Arcade, Hull HU1 3PQ
Mocha Chocolate Shop
Richmond’s award-winning artisan chocolate and coffee shop have a selection of handcrafted, luxury chocolates, truffles and Easter eggs which are perfect for gifting this Easter. The team at Mocha have recently moved their chocolate studio into a larger premise on the Aske country estate where the brand new onsite café opening for Easter allows customers to watch their delicious chocolates being made whilst enjoying coffee and a cake. So, whether you prefer dark chocolate, milk chocolate, boozy or white varieties, there will be a number of tempting treats to choose from at their delicious chocolate shops.
1 Trinity Church Square, Richmond DL10 4HY
2 The Riding School, Aske, Richmond DL10 5HQ