We’ve been shopping… again. Here’s the best of our recent trips


On your marks…

Colder nights are the perfect excuse to pop a wheel of camembert in the oven, grab your favourite fruit, chutney or jam, some good quality crackers or crusty bread, and indulge. This fab Fine Cheese Company camembert baker is £16.95 at
Grate, 252 Jesmond Road, Jesmond, NE2 1LD, tel 0191 649 2528,


Stick it to ‘em

As well as being home to fabulous wine and wonderful company, Carruthers & Kent’s enoteca, bottle shop and deli also stocks wonderful edible treats too – such as these luxury breadsticks from Bacoli. Rosemary and/or parmesan sticks make a great addition to any sharing board. £6.95 at Carruthers & Kent,
3A Elmfield Road, Gosforth, NE3 4AY, tel 0191 213 1818,


Great start

The first whisky blend from Ad Gefrin, the new Anglo-Saxon museum and distillery in Wooler, has proven popular. Tácnbora features Scottish and Irish whiskies, with notes of honey, vanilla, candied citrus peel and spices backed up on the palate with the flavours of sultanas, cream soda and nutmeg. £42.50/70cl and available online at:



We’re huge fans of Baristocracy’s coffee and when we can’t visit to have Alex make a cup for us, we must make do at home, which is where this fab glass jar, which holds approximately 400g of coffee, takes pride of place. £13 empty or £18 including 250g of coffee of your choice at Baristocracy Coffee, Unit 2 Larch Court, West Chirton North Industrial Estate, North Shields, NE29 8SG,


A splash of colour

Bright colours always catch our eye when browsing for kitchenware, and the cast aluminium pots and pans from Ekau Cookware tick both the style and substance boxes – they’re also available from just £29.99. Check out the range at La Cookshop, Milkhope Centre, Blagdon, NE13 6DA
tel 01670 789 142,

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