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Eat and Drink
July 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

Fill up your fridge and pantry with some of the best produce made right here in the North East

From specialty roast coffee and freshly baked sourdoughs to award-winning ice cream - here's where to shop.
Baristocracy Coffee

Baristocracy Coffee 
Unit 2 Larch Court, West Chirton North Industrial Estate, 
North Shields NE29 8SG 
A family business bringing Australian speciality coffee expertise to the heart of the North East. Born and raised in Sydney, Alex Forsyth has been roasting coffee for most of his life. Having fallen in love with Geordie lass Kate Hudson, in 2017 he moved to the North East with his other half to put his own stamp on our speciality coffee scene. Today they’re known for their delicious, artisan coffee which you’ll find stocked across the region, and they also offer coffee education courses for everyone from professionals to at-home baristas.

Di Meo’s
Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LX
0191 252 3814
With four generations of experience creating small batch, handmade ice cream and sorbet, award-winning Di Meo’s are masters of all things gelato. Following a secret family recipe which dates back to 1925, their pure and authentic gelato is churned onsite every day and with parlours in Whitley Bay, Ouseburn and Tynemouth, as well as a Lido on Whitley Bay’s Northern Promenade, there are so many opportunities to try their delicious scoops.

Proven Goods Co

Read More: See Our Full Good Food Guide Here

Proven Goods Co
Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2HL 
As well as their iconic Homer doughnut (complete with pink icing and multi-coloured sprinkles) they produce an original range of doughnut flavours, handmade fresh every morning. Small batch, slow rise and hand rolled, you’ll have to queue – but they’re worth it.

Big River Bakery
42 Wretham Place, Shieldfield NE2 1XU
0191 261 6037 
Local baker Andy Haddon uses his community bakery to turn delicious baked goods into a vehicle for social and environmental change. From pay-it-forward gift cards to a weekly Warm Hub, as well as running an employability programme, Big River is making a difference in the region one stottie at a time. Pick up a number of freshly-made pastries, loaves and traybakes, or book onto a bakery course and learn to master the perfect sourdough.

Grainger Market
Grainger Street, Newcastle NE1 5QQ
0191 211 5541 
Over the last few years, Grainger Market has become one of Newcastle’s prime foodie destinations. As well as the range of high-quality butchers, artisan bakers, greengrocers and fishmongers you’ll find here, there are more and more dining destinations – find fried chicken at Fed’s, pizza at Slice, Cuban-inspired street food at Cubanos, loaded bao buns at Bao Down, fresh coffee at North Shore Coffee, and gooey treats at Pet Lamb Patisserie.

Fenwick Food Hall

Fenwick Food Hall
39 Northumberland Street, Newcastle NE1 7AS
0191 232 5100 
A spectacular food hall which showcases the best regional, national and international food and drink. Think freshly-baked bread, cakes and pastries, a bounty of beers, wines and spirits, cheese and deli counters and basically any ingredient you’d ever want to cook with, plus a few you’ve never heard of.

Nicholsons Butchers
140 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3QN
0191 252 5250 
Nicholsons have everything you’d expect from a traditional butcher. They’ve been in business for more than 100 years, providing the North East with the finest, freshest and most delicious local produce. Whether you’re having a barbecue or a picnic, they’ve got all the meat, bread, pasties and charcuterie you could need. Simply looking to stock your cupboard with the essentials? Look no further as their grocery has jams, chutneys and delicious sweet treats.

North Acomb Farm Shop
North Acomb Farm, Stocksfield NE43 7UF
01661 843181 
A fabulous family-run farm shop. At North Acomb they rear and produce their own Aberdeen Angus beef, lamb and pork on the farm, and stock cakes, gourmet ready meals, pies, pasties, biscuits, black pudding and Scotch eggs all made in the farm shop kitchen, as well as a range of local produce and artisan foodie treats. (Their homemade sausages are legendary).


111–113 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3RH
07964 864181 
38 Dean Street, Newcastle NE1 1PG
0191 230 5857 
Step inside either PureKnead outpost and discover a jaw-dropping range of delicious artisan breads and gorgeous cakes. They  offer a bespoke cake service, so you can commission something especially for you.

Turnbull’s Northumbrian Food
33–35 Market Street, Alnwick NE66 1SS
Willowburn Retail Park NE66 2DJ
01665 602186 
As well as their shop in Alnwick centre, this sixth-generation family butchers now also have a must-visit home on the edge of town. This modern food hall encompasses a traditional butchers as well as seasonal vegetables, award-winning pies and salads, and food to go.

Looking for even more? Feast your eyes here to discover all of our Good Food Guide 2023 entries.

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