Eating & shopping
Cragside Tea-rooms, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 7 - 23 November
Keep the winter chills at bay and let us tempt you with our menu of home cooked food. We're offering a different menu each week. Two courses for £12.00 with a choice of two meat main courses, one vegetarian main course and a choice of two puddings.
Book in advance or come along on the day - Tel: 01669 622038
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 28 November - 20 December
Treat yourself to a traditional Christmas three course meal including tea or coffee. Relax after a winter walk in the festively decorated tea-rooms and enjoy a spiced apple punch with family and friends.
£25 per person, booking essential. Free admission.
An explosion of produce
September and October are the months every keen cook looks forward to. The summer produce is still around which can be used to complement autumnal game and shellfish. Bright summer berries are replaced by the darker richer berries of autumn and wild mushrooms are at their best at this time of year. Winter squashes and pumpkins begin to appear as do the beautiful apples and pears of the English orchards. This time of year is exploding with produce just waiting to be turned into comforting hearty dishes.
Get out foraging
Now is the time to get outdoors and enjoy some of nature’s free bounty. Why not have a family day out picking blackberries to turn into jam or blackberry whiskey for the adults. Pick rosehips to turn into cordial. Rosehips are extremely high in vitamin C. They make a great alternative to fizzy drinks through the winter and an excellent addition to cocktails for the festive season. Crab apples are in abundance ready to be made into jelly or jam, as are sloes which can be used for sloe gin, sloe cider or sweetened with sugar and used in an ice cream.
Don't waste your pumpkin seeds. Give them a good wash to remove all of the stringy flesh, and make sure you dry them completely. Toss in a teaspoon of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 140C/Gas mark 1. These can be sprinkled on soup as a garnish, added to muesli or flapjacks, added to salads for a nutty crunch or simply as a snack on their own.
New Christmas arrivals in the shop
Pop into our new shop for Christmas treats. New seasonal stock arrives every couple of weeks.
Shop 'til you drop
Our newly revamped shop has had a 21st century makeover, so pop in and treat yourself to some fabulous gifts, books, homeware, gardenware, local food and crafts.
With new stock flying its way onto the shelves and exciting offers to take advantage of, our shop is the perfect place to buy a treat for yourself or a gift. Every penny you spend in our shop helps us look after our special place for ever.