A week away in Northumberland has put a spring in our steps. It really is a wonderful county for those who love the great outdoors, the hill walking and beaches are breathtaking.
Whilst up there we took the opportunity to visit one of our favourite cheese makers. Doddington Dairy nr Wooler. Margaret Maxwell and her young apprentice Joe performed a rare kind of alchemy turning a vat of milk into cheese, it really was a hypnotic process. A tour of the various ‘caves’ and the famous ice-cream barn left us in no doubt as to why they are such legends. The Maxwell family are a busy lot, not only farming, milking, cheese making etc in a major way but also running The Milk Bar by the bridge in Wooler. It’s a great cafe where all their produce can be found…. including the most amazing salted caramel ice-cream!!!
We also went to see The Northumberland Cheese Co, Reiver is a cheese of theirs we have loved for some time, it was great to try some of their other produce, including a very nice sheep milk cheese, if we can find room on the MM van we will bring some to you soon.
Three other trip highlights were Barter Books in Alnwick, NT Cragside & en-route home The Lord Crewe Arms hotel in Blanchland made it very hard to return home!!