Farm shops are a foodie day out

IF YOU’RE stuck for something to do then why not head to some of our region’s finest farm shops?

IF YOU’RE stuck for something to do then why not head to some of our region’s finest farm shops? Here we take a look at some of Northumberland’s best foodie hotspots.The Country BarnThe Country Barn has been pulling out all the stops to ensure summer 2010 is one to remember. The barn’s resident butchers have created some fantastic new sausages, including red wine and rosemary, garlic and tomato and basil.The old favourites are still there, including The Country Barn Sizzler with peaches and Shropshire blue cheese. Bright and colourful pork or beef kebabs using peppers, onions and mushrooms would make a welcome addition to anyone’s barbecue.Also on offer are disposable barbecues, fire lighters and wooden skewers.There is also a range of paper plates, cups and napkins so that no one gets left with the washing up while the others enjoy the sun. Take advantage of The Country Barn’s vast array of local beers, chilled white and rose wine or even splash out on champagne.If you fancy taking your barbecue down to the beach, speak to a Country Barn butcher, who will be only too happy to make up a barbecue pack to your specific needs. You can even call in to the coffee shop where there is takeaway tea and coffee, sandwiches or soup – all homemade on the premises.Why not treat yourself by going along to the new bistro?There are two local dynamic chefs on board who have created a rustic menu with a touch of flair. Everything will be homemade and all the meat will come from the in house butchery. Bookings recommended. For more information visit www.thecountrybarn.co.ukBlagdon Farm ShopThe rise in al fresco dining has seen record numbers of customers – new and old – head to the award-winning farm shop in search of some of the very best, freshest and newest barbecue foods our area has to offer. Shop manager Joanne Celerier is not surprised at the success of the shop’s new range of produce. She said: “We have won numerous awards both here and abroad for our sausages and burgers, but this year we really decided to give customers a choice of produce unlike anything they may have seen before. “Our boys in the farm shop butchery have been researching the new range all winter and experimenting with new marinades, long forgotten cuts of meat as well as sprucing up old favourites. “We are now offering our customers tastes and flavours from all over the world, such as Beef Souvlaki Kebabs made with the tenderest Northumberland rump of beef brushed with a sun-dried tomato marinade, as well as pork fillet skewers with a thyme and rosemary drizzle. “We are also doing Mediterranean lamb kebabs with peppers, rosemary and tomato, as well as a range of sausages – specifically with the barbecue in mind.” But the shop is not just all about meat, with a delicious range of salads and summertime sweets and puddings. The shop also now sells a range of fine wines and local beers, all lot of which are exclusive to the shop and none of which can be found in the local supermarkets. North Acomb Farm ShopNorth Acomb Farm Shop has been associated with the finest range of fresh produce for three decades. Situated four miles east of Corbridge in the heart of the Tyne Valley, it has organic-status fields and a farm shop.Run by the Baty family since the early 1930s, this working farm supplies the finest meat products, retailed in the Routier-listed farm shop.Vallum Farm Tea RoomThere’s plenty to see and do on a day out at Vallum Farm Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour, which is five minutes from Corbridge.Located near Hadrian’s Wall, visitors can walk a section of the wall or take an easy stroll round the farm walks, complete with nature boards. There are swings and a large climbing area, plus a deck with wonderful views.Fully licensed, Vallum offers a traditional menu where everything is made on site, with vegetables grown by North Country Organics and smoked produce from Vallum’s Bywell Smokery. Visitors can round the day off with Vallum’s award-winning dairy ice cream. There’s also a rather wicked selection of sundaes. Visit www.vallumfarm.co.ukF YOU’RE stuck for something to do then why not head to some of our region’s finest farm shops? Here we take a look at some of Northumberland’s best foodie hotspots.

The Country Barn

The Country Barn has been pulling out all the stops to ensure summer 2010 is one to remember.

The barn’s resident butchers have created some fantastic new sausages, including red wine and rosemary, garlic and tomato and basil.

The old favourites are still there, including The Country Barn Sizzler with peaches and Shropshire blue cheese.

Bright and colourful pork or beef kebabs using peppers, onions and mushrooms would make a welcome addition to anyone’s barbecue.

Also on offer are disposable barbecues, fire lighters and wooden skewers.

There is also a range of paper plates, cups and napkins so that no one gets left with the washing up while the others enjoy the sun. Take advantage of The Country Barn’s vast array of local beers, chilled white and rose wine or even splash out on champagne.

If you fancy taking your barbecue down to the beach, speak to a Country Barn butcher, who will be only too happy to make up a barbecue pack to your specific needs.

You can even call in to the coffee shop where there is takeaway tea and coffee, sandwiches or soup – all homemade on the premises.

Why not treat yourself by going along to the new bistro?

There are two local dynamic chefs on board who have created a rustic menu with a touch of flair.

Everything will be homemade and all the meat will come from the in house butchery. Bookings recommended.

For more information visit www.thecountrybarn.co.uk

Blagdon Farm Shop

The rise in al fresco dining has seen record numbers of customers – new and old – head to the award-winning farm shop in search of some of the very best, freshest and newest barbecue foods our area has to offer.

Shop manager Joanne Celerier is not surprised at the success of the shop’s new range of produce.

She said: “We have won numerous awards both here and abroad for our sausages and burgers, but this year we really decided to give customers a choice of produce unlike anything they may have seen before.

“Our boys in the farm shop butchery have been researching the new range all winter and experimenting with new marinades, long forgotten cuts of meat as well as sprucing up old favourites.

“We are now offering our customers tastes and flavours from all over the world, such as Beef Souvlaki Kebabs made with the tenderest Northumberland rump of beef brushed with a sun-dried tomato marinade, as well as pork fillet skewers with a thyme and rosemary drizzle.

“We are also doing Mediterranean lamb kebabs with peppers, rosemary and tomato, as well as a range of sausages – specifically with the barbecue in mind.”

But the shop is not just all about meat, with a delicious range of salads and summertime sweets and puddings.

The shop also now sells a range of fine wines and local beers, all lot of which are exclusive to the shop and none of which can be found in the local supermarkets.

North Acomb Farm Shop

North Acomb Farm Shop has been associated with the finest range of fresh produce for three decades.

Situated four miles east of Corbridge in the heart of the Tyne Valley, it has organic-status fields and a farm shop.

Run by the Baty family since the early 1930s, this working farm supplies the finest meat products, retailed in the Routier-listed farm shop.

Vallum Farm Tea Room

There’s plenty to see and do on a day out at Vallum Farm Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour, which is five minutes from Corbridge.

Located near Hadrian’s Wall, visitors can walk a section of the wall or take an easy stroll round the farm walks, complete with nature boards. There are swings and a large climbing area, plus a deck with wonderful views.

Fully licensed, Vallum offers a traditional menu where everything is made on site, with vegetables grown by North Country Organics and smoked produce from Vallum’s Bywell Smokery.

Visitors can round the day off with Vallum’s award-winning dairy ice cream. There’s also a rather wicked selection of sundaes. Visit www.vallumfarm.co.uk

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