Christmas present

Forget socks and sweaters, the best Christmas presents are made of sugar, spice and all things nice courtesy of our local retailers and producers
Baristocracy Coffee
This Christmas, gift the coffee lover in your life a home barista or coffee appreciation workshop with internationally renowned coffee roasters Alex Forsyth and Kate Hudson at the brilliant Baristocracy. Or delight your loved one with a selection of artisan coffee from the Baristocracy shop, which is stocked with expertly curated coffee from around the world.
Unit 2, Larch Court, West Chirton North Ind Est, North Shields, NE29 8SG, tel 07908 007 726,
Carruthers & Kent
Carruthers & Kent is a wine-lover’s dream, home to superb wines, expertly sourced from around the world by owners Claire Carruthers and Mo O’Toole. Select from more than 500 wines to serve at home or gift to your friends, and take home treats from the deli. Mo and Claire will help you to choose the perfect bottle, and you can also drop by to enjoy wine with small bites, cheese and butcher’s boards.
Elmfield Road, Gosforth, NE3 4AY, tel 0191 213 1818,
CentrAle is the quintessential bottle shop, packed with bottles, cans and gift boxes every beer lover will be delighted to receive. The father and daughter owners stock a huge range of local beers, spirits and chocolate and can help you choose gifts to suit all tastes and budgets. There are beer boxes and local gifts, and they can curate beer gift boxes from just £12.
Platform 12 Central Station, Newcastle, NE1 5EW, tel 0191 261 8468,
The Chocolate Gallery
The Christmas shop is now open at The Chocolate Gallery, a treasure trove of exquisite artisan chocolates, confectionery and beautifully presented gifts. In addition to every chocolate imaginable, the handcrafted range includes delicious vegan and gluten-free options, while the seasonal collection includes a monthly gift subscription, Christmas selection boxes, mouth-melting Turkish Delight and much more.
Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1PY, tel 01670 505 481,
Guest Wines
This family-run independent wine company stocks an expertly curated range of delicious wines, beers and spirits, mixers and soft drinks, all of them guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to your table. There is also a choice of fabulous hampers, gift vouchers, and tasting experiences which are ideal as an original gift or a fun experience over the festive season.
Northumberland Business Park West Cramlington, NE23 7RH, tel 0191 563 4976,
For expertly curated cheeses and gifts, go to the brilliant Moz at Grate, where you can also gift the cheese lover in your life a monthly cheese subscription. Moz’s Christmas boxes are available to order online and make for superb gifts. They include the Local Heroes collection starring regional cheeses from artisan makers such as Doddington and Parlour Made.
252 Jesmond Road Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 1LD, tel 0191 649 2528,
Marlish Water
Sustainably sourced and produced in the hills of Northumberland, Marlish Water is famed for its purity and taste. The range now extends to naturally flavoured spring waters, tonics and mixers which will complement your seasonal table. Flavours include English tonic water, raspberry tonic water, elderflower tonic, ginger ale, rhubarb and ginger ale, and premium lemonade. They’re all made with Marlish spring water and natural flavours and are available at the online shop.
Muckle Brewing
The beer lover in your life will be delighted to receive a gift box of small-batch unfiltered, naturally carbonated beers from Muckle. Owners Tom and Nicola Smith now brew 12 beers at their garden brewery in Hadrian’s Wall country, and they have a huge following for their big flavours and consistently high quality beers. Order gift boxes online and have them sent direct to your beer-loving friends, or purchase at various stockists and markets across the region.
Northumberland Cheese Company
Buy a hamper or cheese board for the cheese-lover in your life, or give them a voucher for a dairy tour, cheese tasting and lunch at Northumberland Cheese Co. Purchase spirits at the online shop, artisan chutneys, biscuits and quince paste. Or gift a voucher for afternoon tea at the Cheese Loft Café, where you can also sample the cheeses with a meal or snack.
Green Lane Blagdon, NE13 6BZ, tel 01670 789 798,
Renowned since 1750, Pumphrey’s is a coffee and tea connoisseur’s dream. Gifts include a vast range of freshly roasted coffees and loose leaf teas, the coffee of the month subscription service, barista training for the home enthusiast, and accessories such as Turkish coffee pots, iconic Bialetti Moka pots, Chemex coffeemakers and Japanese teapots.
Bridge Street, Blaydon, NE21 4JJ, and Grainger Market, Newcastle, NE1 5JE, tel 0191 414 4510,
Turnbull’s Northumbrian Foodhall
Now’s the time to order quality festive produce from Turnbull’s, the sixth-generation family butcher renowned for quality local meat, homemade sausages and burgers, home-cured bacon, pies, pastries and ready meals. There is a choice of festive hampers, including the superb 1880 vintage hamper with free-range turkey and all the trimmings, local cheeses, wine, paté, mince pies and fudge. Order online or in person.
Willowburn Retail Park, Alnwick, NE66 2DJ,
The Travelling Bee Company
Gift the highest quality raw and unprocessed honey from hives across the North East and Scotland courtesy of The Travelling Bee Company, where you can also buy beautiful candles, soaps, skincare and gifts. Choose from a selection of beautiful hampers which includes the Harvest Hamper – a glorious celebration of all the products honey bees produce with bee pollen, propolis tincture, organic bee bread, and raw unprocessed honey.

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