Clear out your freezers and make way in your fridge, these Wooler-based culinary experts have only recently started cooking up delicious heat-at-home meals (think Ingram Valley Lamb Casserole and Rustic Cottage Pie), but we think it’s all we’ll ever want to eat again. Packed with the best ingredients, all sourced in Northumberland – including eggs which come from their own happy free range hens – you won’t get much fresher, or better than this when it comes to no-fuss, at-home meals.
Meat:Stack made their mark on the somewhat overcrowded burger scene here by serving up real American-style cheeseburgers made using freshly-ground 100 percent aged beef, which is finished with steam for a perfect juicy texture. Starting out serving burgers from Newcastle’s quirky bar No 28, their Grainger Market pop-up and holding residency at The Dog and Parrot, they’ve recently opened their big, bright-red doors (dangerously close to LN HQ) on Newcastle’s Bigg Market, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Back by popular demand, Tyneside’s first urban winery, Laneberg, have just finished bottling their 2019 Vintage collection, including Bacchus, a stunning still white wine, and Maximilian, the winery's first ever red wine made with the German Regent grape variety. And, if their 2018 Vintage is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.
Both £16.20 www.lanebergwine.com
How does an eight week culinary adventure exploring Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia, Sicily, Apuglia, Venice, The Italian Riviera and Rome sound? We thought so. Ok, so whilst we might not be heading for Italy right now, thanks to Pasta Evangelists’s eight week Italy At Home initiative, the experience could be heading to us in the shape of their authentic pasta delivery service. The eight week adventure involves dishes, including the hand-rolled pici pasta of Siena, the slow-braised wild boar ragù of the Maremma hinterland and the special crop of Tuscany, cavolo nero, nestled in a freshly made ravioli, delivered to your door. Whilst a programme including everything from making your own pappardelle with the head pasta chef, to shaking up a stiff Italian cocktail with Malfy Gin, will be on hand for entertainment.
Although this Darlington-based brunch hang out only opened its doors at the end of last year, they really came into their own during the period of lockdown. Switching up eggs benny for beef patties SALT are now better known for their outrageously indulgent street food, namely their burgers – which are notoriously difficult to get your hands on. It might take a few attempts, as they sell out quickly, but when you can, try the tripple patty with bacon and cheese. We think you'll agree it's worth the wait.
The Hairy Fig
This speciality shop sells fine fodder sourced food from as far field as Spain, France and Mexico. Their shelves are lined from floor to ceiling with aged balsamic, luxury oils, loose leaf teas, fresh coffee, and liquors, and over in the deli, you’ll find freshly-baked breads, pies, and antipasti and cooked meats too. York locals can make the most of their Fine Fodder Delivery where everything from staples to sweet treats can be delivered to your door.
Max Scotford is the Willy Wonka of Sheffield, producing luxury chocolate from bean to bar using the finest cacao which he sources from smallholder farms at his chocolate workshop, Buillion, in the ever-popular Cutlery Works. Bullion’s latest partnership is a commission from The Royal Mint. His brief? To create their first ever bars containing real gold. The range of three bars featuring 23 carat gold flecks and made from the finest Ecuadorian heirloom cacao beans, is available to purchase direct from The Royal Mint.
Want to be more adventurous with your cooking but not sure where to start? This world food recipe box collates authentic ingredients and recipes and delivers them right to your door. Take your pick from their menu of weekly global favourites, like miso aubergine, firecracker chicken and prawn dumplings and explore the world from your very own kitchen.
Sea Change Rosé
This premium Provence rosé from the award-winning Chateau Pigoudet in the heart of Southern France, uses fully biodegradable and compostable labels. Pale, fresh and zesty with hints of grapefruit, white peach and tropical pineapple, all while being kind to our environment too – this is the kind of wine we can get on board with.
Sea Change Provence Rosé, £15.99 www.seachangewine.com