Visitors to Woodhorn won’t just be enjoying Northumberland’s history when they visit the museum this year, they’ll be able to enjoy a taste of the fantastic food and drink this magnificent county has to offer.
Over recent months, staff have been working hard to source and select some of the very best locally produced food and drink, and now visitors can savour the local delights when they take a break at the museum’s café.
Woodhorn has always tried to use local goods wherever possible, but this effort to strengthen and highlight the food offer came about through supplier networking sessions organised by Northumberland County Council. Workshops enabled small local suppliers to meet up with potential customers and establish new ways of working with a view to supporting the local economy and securing businesses and jobs – as well as blowing the Northumberland trumpet.
Jo Raw, Woodhorn’s Assistant Director explains. “There are some top quality products around, and using local produce and suppliers is great in so many ways. We are exceptionally proud of Northumberland and therefore delighted to give visitors from both within the region and indeed around the world, a taste of our locally produced fare.
“It’s good for the environment too as the food does has low mileage from raw product to table and that sits very well with our green philosophy. Woodhorn has top credentials for its environmental awareness holding a gold rating in the Green Tourism Awards, so using local goods makes sense.
“Of course using Northumberland products is a great benefit to the local economy and small businesses. Best of all though, these local products are top quality and right on our doorstep: perfect for our visitors.”
From the 1st May, visitors to the Woodhorn café will be selecting from a menu incorporating muesli and porridge oats Heatherslaw Mill; jam and chutney from J R Jams; bread, rolls and bakery items from Trotters Bakers; products from Northumberland Sausage Company, Northumberland Cheese Company and Northumberland Tea Company; bacon, ham, and that favourite local speciality, pease pudding from Hirst Butchers: Chainbridge Honey Farm honey; water from Marlish Waters Limited and fruit and vegetables from local supplier J R Holland; as well as scrumptious Doddington’s ice-cream and Fentimans delightful soft drinks which already bring joy to Woodhorn visitors.
“We like to think that Woodhorn offers a quality experience for all of our visitors with excellent displays, unique buildings and fascinating history. Hopefully now they will be able to enjoy even more of the best local food available, making their trip to Woodhorn and Northumberland truly memorable.”