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Catch up on the latest food news for the North East
Eat and Drink
July 2024
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Catch up on the latest food news for the North East

From new openings and English wines to the suppliers you need to know about - here's the foodie news for this month.

Food Poetry

Looking for a new foodie experience this summer? Head to Sonnet, the newest fine-dining spot in Alnwick. Offering an impressive 14-course tasting menu, the food here is seasonal and locally sourced and they also have an impressive hand-picked selection of wines, chosen specifically to complement the dishes.

A Taste of Sri Lanka

Head to the Grainger Market in Newcastle to try the brand new Street Food Sri Lanka, an authentic Sri Lankan café. Expect a whole host of vibrant seafood dishes, traditional curries and vegetable roti. This colourful addition to the Grainger Market is from the same owners as the successful URY Restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside, so it’s sure to pack a punch. Find it on Alley 1 opposite Redheads Mac ’N’ Cheese.

A Tipple or Two

World Gin Day is this month so we’ve pulled together some great local gins for you to enjoy

Durham Cask Aged Gin, £41 Durham Distillers, Durham

Locomotion No 1 Gin, £29.95 Steel River Drinks, Middlesbrough

Thirlings Gin, £39 Ad Gefrin, Wooler 

Hepple Gin, £39.50 Hepple Spirits, Northumberland

A Different Kettle of Fish

Whether you’re planning a picnic, want to enjoy a beach barbecue or are going all out with a summer banquet, Ridley’s Fish & Game has you covered. This specialist fish, poultry and game dealer sells everything you need from fresh crab, lobster and rainbow trout, to classic game meat and delicious home-cooked dishes all made with seasonal ingredients which are sourced locally. Check their socials and website for where to find them at local markets.

Always Time for Wine

Whether you're hosting friends, having a big celebration or just treating yourself, there’s no better place to head for great wine than Gateshead wine shop, Victor Indigo November. Specialising in French wines, the shop sources hard-to-find bottles such as Domaine Maby’s Tavel (a fuller-bodied rosé from the Rhone Valley), and Domaine de la Source’s Bellet (one of the few wines to be made in the city of Nice). Outside France, the Vinho Verde rosé is a customer favourite – off-dry and with trademark effervescence, it’s wonderfully refreshing. Make sure to explore their deli while you’re there too.

Blooming Lovely

After building up a loyal following, the team at The Front Parlour in Sunderland have recently upgraded to a bigger location on Burdon Road and with the new premises comes a new name, Café Floriana. Run by mother-daughter team Kate and Emilia Ross, you can expect brunch, sweet treats and a great range of hot and cold drinks.

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