Summer daze

Looking for the look and tastes of summer? Try these…

New leaf
Perfect for outdoor dining, these bone china leaf plates come in complementary shades of green featuring fern and tamarind foliage and are created to look three dimensional. Designed by RE, from £19.95 at RE, Bishops Yard, Main Street, Corbridge, NE45 5LA , tel 01434 634 567,


Time for tea
We have no idea why, but we love drinking tea out of little bowls, Japanese-style. These gorgeous glazed terracotta teacups are £6.95 each at Boda Home, Whitley Road Whitley Bay NE26 2NE, tel 07824 859 162,


Not just for bottle storage (though they are great for that) we like putting little herb plants in these gin and prosecco bottle bars, £25 each at Corbridge Cookshop, Middle Street Corbridge, NE45 5AT, tel 01434 632 582,


On the board
We do like a nice bit of timber here in the Appetite kitchen, and these mango wood serving boards are exquisite. The smaller one is  £10.95 and the larger is £16.99 at Cook & Baker, Queensway Tynemouth, NE30 4NA, tel 07905 367 457, Facebook @cookandbakertynemouth


Crush it
Every kitchen must have one, so why not make it aesthetically pleasing too? This beautiful artisan mortar and pestle is £19.99 at Pure Knead, Park View Whitley Bay, NE26 3QW, tel 07964 864181


On a bowl
Perfect for summer lunches, these hand-painted pudding bowls are made exclusively in South Africa for Northumberland-based ibbi. Each ceramic piece is unique and the artisans who make them work in a secure, safe environment. £20 each at ibbi, Vallum, Military Road, East Wallhouses Newcastle NE18 0LL, tel 01434 409 085,


Cheesy does it
Our weakness for cheese knows no bounds, and the deli selection at Il Piccolo in the Tyne Valley is always to write home about. This Nettlebed Creamery Bix, Tunworth soft cheese, and Godminster cheddar are three delights of a wide range at Il Piccolo, St Helen’s Street, Corbridge, NE45 5BE, tel 01434 634 554,

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