With a plethora of awards and celebrity fans, local family run company Beckleberry’s has gone from strength to strength in recent years. It’s no wonder really with creations like ‘banana and ginger ice cream’ and ‘blackcurrant and kirsch sorbet’, how delicious do they sound?
When I heard about the latest innovation from Beckleberry’s, I thought it was a genius as it combines two of my favourite things, afternoon tea and local producers!
The Beckleberry’s coffee shop can be found in Gateshead’s Metrocentre, so with the prospect of indulging in another of my favourite things (shopping!) I headed there as soon as I could. I soon realised that there’s a lot more to Beckleberry’s than the ice-creams and sorbets I’ve heard so much about. Yes, they are rightfully renowned for their inventive and tempting flavours and yes, there is a counter full of frozen delights to eat in or takeaway but the modest little cafe is also a mighty fine patisserie!
Beckleberry’s Geordie twist on afternoon tea is a chance to sample some of their delicious hand made delights including cheese scones, fruit scones, choux pastry buns, raspberry and pistachio sponge cake and my absolute favourite… a rich, smooth and oh so moorish dark chocolate torte! Let’s just say it’s a good job everything was produced on a dainty scale or I would undoubtedly have over indulged!
So next time you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped at the Metrocentre, take the weight off your feet at Beckleberry’s in the blue mall and treat yourself to some locally made treats from our mates down the road in Blaydon!
Do you know of any other local producers I should check out in Geordieland? Leave your comments below and who knows, maybe I’ll be featuring them in a future blog post!
By Rachel Kershaw