Time for some Retail Therapy?
Where to Buy Nice Stuff
There is lots of really lovely, local produce of all shapes and descriptions for you to enjoy whilst you're here. This is a fairly random list of some of the places we like to browse, because they sell good-quality and interesting things which also help our local economy.
Please note that if you sell supposedly 'local' jam or biscuits or whatever in your shop with names like 'Alnwick Shortbread' or 'Northumberland Marmalade' but the label says 'Made somewhere miles from Northumberland', you will find your shop missing from this list, with a harrumph.
Doddington Dairy make fantastic ice-cream and cheese. What we like is their desire to feature local flavours and produce in their ice-cream, like Chain Bridge Honey, or Newcastle Brown Ale. They don't have their own shop-front, but watch out for their stuff on your travels.
The folk at Morwick ice-cream make very good ice-cream too! And their ice-cream parlour is lovely.
The Mick Oxley Gallery is a delight. He sells his own art, and also that of other artists, one or two of which are friends of ours.
The National Trust shop in Seahouses sells some lovely stuff (although we don't understand why a National Trust shop in Northumberland isn't absolutely filled with stuff made in Northumberland).
The Northumbrian Hamper in Seahouses showcases many delicious local food and drink offerings.
The Wynding Well is a charming little shop in Bamburgh.
The Copper Kettle in Bamburgh sells some interesting gifts.
Our friend Jane Harbottle sells her artwork from her gallery in Lowick, and you can call ahead to arrange a visit.
Mary Fleeson's artwork is on sale at Lindisfarne Scriptorium on Holy Island.
You could buy some Northumberland Tartan online from Warkworth - they don't have a shop-front.