Special Focus: Country living – Corbridge

Take a winter walk along the river, pop into the independent shops, eat great food, buy top quality produce, and relax in Corbridge

Il Piccolo
This family-run restaurant, wine bar and deli is a major draw for visitors to Corbridge. Here you will find chef patron Emanuele Orto working with the best seasonal ingredients to create his trademark authentic Italian dishes. Emanuele also sources wonderful Italian produce for the deli, which is always full of intriguing ingredients. Superb bespoke hampers filled with the best Italian and Northumbrian produce make for wonderful gifts, while a new and highly imaginative menu is now being served throughout November and December.
St Helens Street, NE45 5BE, tel 01434 634 554, www.ilpiccolo.co.uk

J.D. Hall Butchers
When we’re in need of a bit of advice and a chat with a friendly butcher, we visit the team at J.D. Hall Butchers on Hill Street. In addition to supplying some of the region’s best restaurant kitchens, they are always on hand with advice and knowledge regarding the excellent range of produce, which is sourced from the best farms across the region and skillfully prepared daily.
Hill Street, Corbridge, NE45 5AA, tel 01434 632 005

Massey’s Tea Room
The homemade cakes at this welcoming traditional tearoom are the stuff of legend, always beautifully displayed and so delicious it’s nigh-on impossible to stop at one slice. Before your cake, be sure to try the extensive lunch menu, of which the homemade soups and scones are highlights.
Middle Street, NE45 5AT, tel 01434 633 130, www.masseystearoom.co.uk

Spokes Kitchen
This family-run coffee shop draws a happy mix of cyclists, walkers, visitors and locals plus their four-legged friends for breakfast, brunch, lunch, delicious cakes and coffee. The menu focuses on fresh, locally sourced produce and changes with the seasons, while the organic Fairtrade coffee and Suki loose leaf tea are worth the journey on their own.
Watling Street, NE45 5AH, tel 01434 394 180, www.spokeskitchen.com

Tea and Tipple
At the heart of Corbridge in the Market Place, Tea & Tipple buzzes with locals and visitors who gather for light lunches, excellent scones, beautiful cakes, coffee and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. There’s a reason why it’s always busy, so and once you’ve been you will go back.
Market Place, NE45 5AW, tel 01434 632 886, www.facebook.com/thewatlingcoffeehousecorbridge

Watling Coffee House
Watling Coffee House is a Corbridge institution, occupying its quaint corner site for more than 40 years. The talented team serves excellent homemade food here, including soups and quiches, light lunches, gorgeous cakes and traybakes, alongside top quality tea and coffee as well as wine. Open seven days a week.
Watling Street NE45 5AG, tel 01434 634 425, www.facebook.com/thewatlingcoffeehousecorbridge

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