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Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

The Northumbrian Pantry kitchen is in the small village of Simonburn, in the heart of Hadrian's Wall country in the North Tyne Valley. Less than 9 miles northwest of the market town of Hexham, the rural village of only 20 houses is a popular tourism destination for...

Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

The Northumbrian Pantry kitchen is situated in the small village of Simonburn, in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country in the North Tyne Valley. Less than 9 miles North West from the market town of Hexham, the rural village of only 20 houses is a popular tourism...

Seasonal Update – December

Seasonal Update – December

Witnessing the damage of storm Arwen as we delivered around the region at the beginning of the month was quite overwhelming. We, of course, all know of the impact the storm had, with many of our shops losing power and some of them incurring structural damage. Whilst...

Seasonal Update – August

Seasonal Update – August

With the peak of the school holidays, we have had a very busy time at the Pantry with our record month of the year. We have been delivering all over the countryside, enjoying what has generally been a great month’s weather for us as we inch towards Autumn. August...

Out and About in Northumbria – Heading South

Out and About in Northumbria – Heading South

When we started Northumbrian Pantry back in September of 2019, our plan for expanding was quite a simple one, start as close to home and work out from there. It felt like a very natural strategy, and it has worked nicely for us. Covering much of Northumberland and...

Seasonal Update – May

Seasonal Update – May

It goes without saying that this has been quite an unusual Spring so far. It is the 6th of May today, and we have a beautiful frosty and sunny field to look out upon. It has been almost alpine-like in the North Tyne Valley, with very little rain and lots of sunny and...

Celebrating our Picnic Selection

Celebrating our Picnic Selection

Last week, we had a wonderful occasion as we managed to have the first family picnic in our garden for over a year. The relaxation of the recent rules allowed us to invite our two nephews for a party food feast, enjoying a gloriously sunny evening, albeit a little...

The Welcome Return of Tourism in Northumberland

The Welcome Return of Tourism in Northumberland

Monday the 12th of April marked a significant milestone for many of us as the first level of restrictions were lifted. The relaxation of rules around holiday lets and outdoor eating, in particular, is significant to us. Although this is currently restricted to single...

Seasonal Update – The Spring Equinox

Seasonal Update – The Spring Equinox

Our trusty VW Caddy delivery Van, 'Chilli 1', had its annual service this week. As insignificant as that may seem, it spells the first anniversary of acquiring Chilli 1, the day before lockdown in 2020. So the anniversary becomes quite poignant. Chilli 1 passed the...

Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

Simonburn – The Home of Northumbrian Pantry

One of the positives to draw from the past year is the time we have been able to spend appreciating our village, Simonburn and the rural surrounds even more than usual. Discovering woodlands and paths, we've never come across before and noticing the changing seasons...

Seasonal Update – Daylight Saving

Seasonal Update – Daylight Saving

The ‘clocks going back’ signal quite a change in direction for us at Pantry HQ. Not only are we experiencing a very apparent seasonal shift, but it also puts us firmly in the last quarter and the most exciting part of our year. With the harvest of apples, plums,...

Seasonal Update – Autumn

Seasonal Update – Autumn

The 22nd September heralded the Autumn equinox, although it does feel the new season has been edging its way over the past few weeks. September is the most pivotal month of the Pantry year. The orchards and hedgerows are ready for the picking, coupled with the time...

Seasonal Update – June

Seasonal Update – June

We had a very special Midsummer Day in the North Tyne Valley. Falling on a Saturday, it really allowed us to enjoy a seasonal landmark, especially with it being a beautiful summer day. Once the grass was cut, and a bit of weeding out of the way, we thought we'd...

Seasonal Update – May

Seasonal Update – May

With all things to consider at present, Mother Nature really has produced some splendours for us this Spring. We get very excited seeing the migratory birds arrive, and of course, the days are drawing out which is nice, but the real highlight for us as lovers of all...

The Art of Small Batch Preserve Making

The Art of Small Batch Preserve Making

'There's nothing like a home-cooked meal... It's true, and of course, dependent on the quality of the chef 'in residence'. But don't we all have a go-to speciality dish? Mine would be a crazy cheese lasagne, or even more certainly a favourite that Mum or Dad used to...

Update from Northumbrian Pantry

Update from Northumbrian Pantry

As we continue to live through unsettling and unprecedented times, we wanted to update you all on how Northumberland Pantry is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, current government guidance allows food manufacturers to continue working....

Pantry Festive Party Tips

Pantry Festive Party Tips

With 12 days to Christmas have a look at our handy tips, hints and ideas for simple, easy to make party food that will help spread the Christmas cheer this December.  We present:  Hot Smoked Salmon Blinis with Crème Fraiche and Chilli Relish  Duck Liver...

Recipe: Pear and Ginger Pheasant

Recipe: Pear and Ginger Pheasant

A quick and easy way to cook up some seasonal pheasants found readily throughout Northumberland in the winter.  We give a huge thanks to Caro Dickinson from our neighbouring florist Flowers Unlimited for the creative recipe using our Pear and Ginger Chutney...

Our 5 steps to market

Our 5 steps to market

“A whole year or more to market – really?” that was the resounding take home from all our research and advice given by seasoned professionals, and of course “well informed” family members.  We were thinking more like 3 or 4 months. 18 months on and here we are our...