Apple and Almond Pudding

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 in News, Recipes
Apple and Almond Pudding

It’s apple season and we have some fine varieties of northern apples for sale in the shop, both cookers and eaters. Read more about their special qualities here.   This is a Delia Smith recipe.  It tastes delicious and is very easy to make. Serves 4-6 people. You will need a buttered pie dish approximately 1 ½ pint […]

Slack’s bacon is back – and streaky too!

Posted on Sep 3, 2018 in News
Slack’s bacon is back – and streaky too!

We are delighted to have the superb Slack’s bacon back in stock! We take great care to source local, ethical and tasty food, which sometimes means that the supply chain that brings relatively small amounts of quality stock to us are rather complex. This was the case with Slack’s bacon, and unfortunately a while ago […]

What is Kombucha?

Posted on Aug 19, 2018 in News
What is Kombucha?

One of our customers, Alix Martin, spotted bottles of Left Field Kombucha in our chiller cabinet and decided to gave it a try. She was so impressed with the complexity of the flavour and how good it made her feel, that she took a trip to the Scottish Borders to find out more about it […]

Summer Drinks + Recipes

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Recipes
Summer Drinks + Recipes

We offer a wide range of drinks for summer, including ready-to-drink bottles of Fentimans (made in Hexham), pressés from Belvoir Fruit Farm, fruit and vegetable juices from Cawston Press and Thorncroft. We also sell fresh lemons, limes and ginger for garnishes. This month we are highlighting our cordials with some recipe ideas. From Mr Fitzpatrick […]

Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

Posted on Jun 10, 2018 in Recipes
Linguine with Mushrooms, Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

This recipe is one of Nigella Lawson’s favourites. It is very quick and easy to make. The mushrooms also make a great salad, in which case increase the amount of mushrooms to 375g – leaving out the pasta but keeping the other ingredients the same. If all you can find are button mushrooms, this is still […]

Nettle and Ricotta Gnocchi

Posted on Apr 29, 2018 in Recipes
Nettle and Ricotta Gnocchi

Nettles are rich in vitamin C and iron and are plentiful at this time of year. Any recipe using spinach can be made by replacing with nettles. These nettle and ricotta gnocchi are a spring time treat. However, there is always the option of making extra to freeze for eating later in the year. Havesting […]

UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

Posted on Apr 8, 2018 in News
UPDATE: 25th May: Front Street is now open to through traffic

Come and enjoy the tranquillity of a beautiful historic town without traffic! Roadworks mean that there is no through road, but you can access Front Street and park your car in the town centre.

Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in News, Recipes
Simnel Cake for Easter: Recipe

Simnel cake is traditionally eaten at Easter. It is a light fruit cake with the added bonus of a layer of cooked marzipan in the middle that gives it a lovely moist chewy texture. This recipe is based on Elizabeth Ayrton’s in her Penguin Handbook, The Cookery of England. All the ingredients are available from […]

#SNOW2018: We are open

Posted on Mar 1, 2018 in News
#SNOW2018: We are open

Thanks to the sterling work of our Co-op members, Tommy Sheriff and Claire Driver, who live in the heart of Alston, we have been able to keep the shop open as usual during this spell of extreme weather. All the roads out of Alston are currently impassable. As visitors to the shop will know we […]

Chocolate Chestnut Cake/Pudding

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in Recipes
Chocolate Chestnut Cake/Pudding

If you eat this while it’s still warm, you’ll need a spoon to dish it out and the consistency will be more like a mousse than a cake. If you allow it to cool, it will be quite a dense cake, easy to slice (and eat). If you keep it overnight in the fridge it […]