We are closed …

“Due to the inflexibility of our overseas-based landlord and the UK’s crippling business rates we have reluctantly decided to close mmm… and glug…

“It was costing us around £100,000 a year simply to open our doors – before we bought any stock to sell, paid our employees plus other costs, such as insurance and energy.

“That, along with falling city centre footfall, delivery and parking restrictions, possible future congestion charges and a massively expanded Christmas Market, means that the numbers now simply don’t add up.

“We have spent 12 hard (but, oh so enjoyable) years bringing great ingredients, food and drink to the region.

“Without our wonderful customers, amazing producers and hard-working employees none of that would have been possible – and we are so sorry to let you all down with our decision.

“We hope to be back in the future. Until then, can we once again thank you for your wonderful support.”

Simone and Ian Clarkin

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Get Funghi dried wild mushrooms at mmm… and glug…

Come and meet Get Funghi at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (2 November).

Get Funghi’s Deb Hampson and Bengt Saxmark hand-pick the best quality Porcini, Winter Chanterelle and mixed forest mushrooms in West Sweden.

They sort, slice and dry them on the same day to preserve maximum flavour.

Drying not only enhances the flavour, but also increases the shelf-life.

There is no waste – rehydrate only what you need and keep in an airtight container for another occasion.

Get Funghi’s award-winning mushrooms are perfect for risottos, soups and stews and Deb and Bengt will be sharing some great recipe ideas at mmm… and glug…

The free Get Funghi tasting is from 1pm to 4pm this Saturday (2 November) at mmm…glug…, 129 Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5AE.

What to drink with Get Funghi dried mushroom dishes?

We suggest Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.

This very popular Sam Smith’s bottle is a dry and richly flavoured ale, which nicely complements the earthiness of Get Funghi’s mushrooms.

Watch out for a non-alcoholic version of the brown ale coming very soon to mmm… and glug… too!

Enjoy great tasting food everyday with mmm… and glug…

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Day of the Dead (aka Dia de los Muertos) at mmm… and glug…

Dia de los Muertos is a colourful and joyous family celebration unique to Mexico and takes place on 1st to 2nd November.

Mexican ingredients at mmm and glugIt is believed that the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones who in turn treat them as honoured guests at the festivities.

Food traditionally plays a big part in the celebrations and if you are planning to recreate your own Mexican feast then we have all the genuine ingredients you need.

From fresh corn tortillas, dried chillies (including Ancho, Chipotle, Guajillo), mole paste, and tinned tomatillos, to corn husks, Masa Harina flour, refried beans, chipotle en adobo, Mexican drinking chocolate and much more.

And, if you would like some Mexican inspiration, here are a couple of recipes to whet your appetite.

Good wines to drink with Mexican food …

The spicier the food, the colder and sweeter the wine should be.

Smoother tannins, higher acidity and lower alcohol also balance well, and full flavoured reds work well with smoky chipotle based dishes.

We have chosen two wines for you to try and we are sampling these in the shop this month.

Planeta Rosé IGT Sicilia – this is a light, dry Rosé with good acidity which balances well with the spice.

Great with tacos, tostados and tamales, fish, veg and chicken dishes.

Finca Flinchman Tanguero, Mendoza Malbec – for grilled meat dishes like Carnitas and al Pastor, or dishes made with smoky earthy chilli flavours from chipotle.

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Want to work at mmm… and glug…? We are recruiting!

mmm and glug are recruiting

Sales Associate (part-time) – £9.00 per hour.

The opportunity

We have an opening for a Sales Associate who offers a warm welcome to our customers, and engages proactively with people in order to provide an informed, friendly service.

You will be responsible for:

  • Providing exceptional service to our customers
  • Ensuring that every customer leaves the shop feeling happy and positive
  • Meeting and beating sales targets
  • Keeping the store well stocked, clean and well merchandised
  • Receiving orders, putting away stock, filling and fronting shelves.

Your expertise

You will:

  • Have a passion for food and drink
  • Have basic cooking knowledge that you can share with our customers
  • Possess natural customer service skills
  • Enjoy working as part of a team
  • Thrive on meeting and engaging people
  • Possess a natural aptitude for sales and the drive to beat sales goals
  • Be open to new training
  • Be detail orientated
  • Have good timekeeping.

Special requirements

  • Good communication skills
  • Heavy lifting and carrying loads of roughly up to 20kg
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills
  • Basic digital skills.

Working hour requirements

You will be required to work a minimum of 12 hours a week (varying shift patterns)

This position requires your availability to work weekdays, weekends, bank holidays, mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Given the nature of retail, this position also requires that annual leave is not taken between 1 November and 24 December.  

The benefits of working with us

We are a small, friendly team and our culture offers the chance for learning and personal development. 

You will benefit from:

  • Training opportunities
  • The real Living Wage Foundation wage (currently £9.00 per hour)
  • Paid breaks
  • Paid annual leave
  • Paid sick leave
  • In-store discount
  • Sales incentive programme
  • Friendly, energising, fun and results-driven work culture
  • Opportunities to share and develop your passion for food and drink. 

Who are we?

mmm… and glug… – great tasting food every day since 2008

At mmm… and glug… we love good food.

And, we are on a lifelong mission to share this love by retailing great tasting food and drink in a way that enriches the local community and is kinder to the planet.

We are dedicated to promoting great tasting, sustainably sourced and responsibly produced food.

We partner directly with makers, bakers, brewers, growers, and specialist importers who champion the use of real ingredients and have a passion for what they do.

This means our customers can trust that everything we sell will taste delicious.

We believe that food is about family, community and sharing and we want our customers to feel welcome as a guest in our home.

We make it a priority to hire friendly, talented, bright people and invest in their development so our customers can trust they are talking with someone who cares and who knows their stuff.   

As a locally owned and managed business, we believe that we have a responsibility to help create a thriving local community.

We have been named in a number of national cook books as a go-to place for great ingredients (including Thomasina Miers ‘Chilli Notes’, ‘Wahaca’ and Maunika Gowardhan ‘Indian Kitchen’).

Last year, we were one of only ten shops across UK to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Guild of Fine Foods Shop of the Year Awards.

In the same year we were also named as the best place to buy craft beer in Northeast and Cumbria in the prestigious RateBeer.com awards

How to apply

Please complete your Job Application Form (see link below to Word and pdf versions), and email it together with your covering letter to jobs@mmm-glug.co.uk by midnight on Friday, 18 October, 2019. 

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Oktoberfest Newcastle beers at mmm… and glug…

Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glug

If you can’t make it to this year’s Munich Oktoberfest have the next best thing, the best selection of German beers bar none at mmm… and glug… own Oktoberfest Newcastle.

Oktoberfest Newcastle mmm glugAs well as being able to reserve Oktoberfest beers using our online form we will also have free Oktoberfest Newcastle tastings during September and October.

The 2019 Munich Oktoberfest, from Saturday, 21 September till Sunday, 6 October, is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year.

According to tradition, the beer tents only sell original Munich beer, which is brewed in strict adherence to the “Reinheitsgebot” (Bavarian Purity Requirements).

What we are selling at mmm… and glug… (while stocks last)

SOLD OUT – Augustiner Oktoberfest 2019 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Augustiner was established in 1328 making it Munich’s oldest established brewery.

We sell Augustiner beers all year round – but to date have never been able to get their Oktoberfest special, last year!

Stocks are going fast so we suggest using the form below to reserve them (deliveries and stock dependent).

Ayinger Privatbrauerei Märzen Festbier

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen at mmm and glugThe quality of Ayinger’s award-winning beers is based on the use of purely local ingredients from the area, as well as the traditional craftsmanship of its brewers.

These are the values ​​and the attitude with which Ayinger has brewed its beer since 1878 and continues to do so in its brewery just 15 miles from Munich.

We sell Ayinger beers year round at mmm… and glug… but this will the first time we have had their 5.8% golden amber Oktober Fest-Märzen – and we can’t wait!

Reserve Ayinger October Fest-Märzen and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest 2019 – NOW IN STOCK!

The brewery was founded in 1417 and grew to be the leading Munich brewery in the 18th century under Joseph Pschorr and Maria Theresia Hacker.

After their deaths, the brewery was divided into the Hacker brewery and Pschorr brewery before being reunified in the 1970s.

Hacker’s 5.8% ABV beer is supplied in traditional flip top bottles.

Reserve Hacker Pschorr and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Hofbräu München Oktoberfest 2019- NOW IN STOCK!

Hofbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm... and glug...Wilhelm V. founded the Hofbräu brewery in 1589.

Originally the brewery was at the Platzl where the Hofbräuhaus, one of the most important touristic attractions in Munich, is now located.

The beer at 6.3% ABV, is the festival’s strongest!

Reserve Hofbräu and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Löwenbräu Oktoberfest 2019- NOW IN STOCK!

Lowenbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugFrom the 15th century, there has been a brewery in the Löwengrube.

Near the brewery is the popular beer garden Löwenbräukeller, founded in 1883.

The beer’s logo is a lion and a giant mechanical lion sits on top of the Löwenbräu Oktoberfest tent, which serves their 6.1% ABV festival beer.

Reserve Löwenbräu and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Paulaner München Oktoberfest 2019

Paulaner Brauerei Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThis beer has been brewed since 1634 in the Paulaner monastery and was originally only sold on public holidays.

Today the Paulaner brewery is settled on the Nockherberg.

The Oktoberfest Paulaner is 6% ABV.

Reserve Paulaner and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Spaten München Oktoberfest 2019- NOW IN STOCK!

Spaten Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe Spaten brewery was founded in 1397.

The logo of the label is a spade with the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr, whose family also own the Franziskaner brewery.

Spaten’s Oktoberfest beer is 5.9% ABV.

Reserve Spaten and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier- NOW IN STOCK!

Although not an ‘official’ Oktoberfest beer, Erdinger is always a popular one with lovers of German beers at mmm… and glug…

This seasonal beer offers a combination of two classic German styles, Oktoberfest and wheat beer; a surprising alliance that works very well together.

Reserve Erdinger and other Oktoberfest beers using our online form.

Other German beers available all year round at mmm… and glug… include:

  • Rothaus (Black Forest)
  • Schöfferhofer wheat beers (Frankfurt)
  • Schlösser Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Früh Kölsch (Cologne)
  • Berliner Pilsner (Berlin)
  • Berliner Kindl Weisse (Berlin)
  • Schlenkerla smoked Rauchbiers (Bamberg)
  • Plus steins and glassware (seasonal deliveries and stocks dependent).

Why does Oktoberfest begin in September?

Oktoberfest hall Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honour of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

In following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.

Thank you and ‘Prost’ to the official Oktoberfest website for information and images.

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Meet the Hogarth Honey bees at mmm… and glug…

Hogarth Honey bees at mmm glug

Local shoppers are being given the chance to meet some of the hardest workers in the region, the Hogarth Honey Bees, and taste the fruits of their labour.

Food and drink emporium mmm… and glug…, based on Grainger Street, Newcastle, will host over 20,000 local honey bees this Saturday (6 July) from 1pm onwards.

The Hogarth Honey bees, which proved a huge hit at mmm…’s city centre store last summer (pictured right), are returning with the first of their precious local summer honey.

The free event will give youngsters (and those not so young) the chance to taste the honey and find out more about protecting the much-needed insects.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin hopes to not only get families to taste the honey, but also to find out how to encourage bees to their own gardens and neighbourhoods.

She said: “We certainly expect the shop to be ‘buzzing’ after last year’s meet the bees event literally stopped people in their tracks outside our shop.

“Bees are pollinators and play a huge part in the UK’s food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available, but for the hard work of our bees.

“When the Hogarth Honey bees visited us last year we found many people, particularly children, who had never tasted honey before – and they loved it!”

Michael McCartney of Hogarth Honey, based in Wolviston Grange, is looking forward to once again being asked lots of questions about his much-loved bees.

He said: “Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey, that’s over twice around the world. And honey was even used as currency in Roman times.

“But, bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats of solitary bees and bumblebees.

“I would love to talk to as many potential beekeepers and amateur gardeners as possible when we visit mmm… and glug… so we can spread the word about protecting our local bees.”

Artisan bakers, Pink Lane Bakery will be providing hand-made Hogarth honey oat loaves to taste at the event.

mmm… and glug… expanded its business with a move to a larger headquarters in Newcastle city centre in late 2017 and plans to launch a ‘click and collect’ online shop.

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More tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm unless otherwise stated)

  • Saturday, 6 July – Opal Sunshine: Taste our locally-made hot pepper sauces
  • Friday, 12 July – Three brothers Brewing: Taste local beers that perfectly match with great food
  • Saturday, 13 July – Teesdale Cheese: Taste award-winning cheeses from this local cheesemaker
  • Friday, 19 July – Gusbourne Wines: Taste award-winning English sparkling wines (3pm to 6pm)
  • Saturday, 20 July – Gusbourne Wines: Taste award-winning English sparkling wines
  • Saturday, 20 July – Treboom Brewery: Taste Yorkshire -brewed beers with a musical theme
  • Saturday, 20 July – Peelham Farm: Taste award-winning organic charcuterie made in the Scottish borders.

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Terms of use of Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift cards

Mmm Food and Drink Ltd reserves the right to update and change the terms and conditions of our Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift cards at any time.

This does not affect your legal rights.

Use of your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card constitutes acceptance of our Terms and Conditions and we, therefore, recommend you read them carefully.

Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift cards remain the property of Mmm Food and Drink Ltd who maintains the right to cancel the card in situations where it is deemed necessary to do so.

The value of your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card can be redeemed in any Mmm Food and Drink Ltd stores in the UK.

The gift card balance cannot be exchanged for cash or redeemed against the purchase of another card.

The maximum amount that an individual Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card can hold is £500; this limit cannot be exceeded by performing balance transfers.

You can top-up or perform a balance enquiry by taking your card to the till point.


Your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card is valid for a period of 12 months from the date of activation, after which any remaining balance will be removed, and the card will become invalid and no longer available for use.


In cases where your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card is lost or stolen,

Mmm Food and Drink Ltd is unable to replace or reimburse the remaining balance on a card.

Mmm Food and Drink Ltd cannot be held responsible for any balance lost on a Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card as a result of theft or fraud.

Should your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card become damaged, Mmm Food and Drink Ltd will be able to replace the card providing you still have the card in your possession and the necessary details can be obtained.

Crediting a Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card

Should you return product(s) purchased using a Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card for an exchange of a lesser value, any refund amount due will be credited to the original method of payment.

In the event that you may have discarded your Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card, a new Card will be issued to you with the refund amount applied.

If a partial refund is made for any purchase using a Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card and another method of payment, then any refund amount owing will be credited to the Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card in the first instance.

If the total to be refunded is more than originally paid by Mmm Food and Drink Ltd gift card, then any remaining refund balance will be refunded to the other method of payment used (debit/credit card or cash).

Governing Law and jurisdiction

These conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

You agree, as we do, to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Masons Yorkshire craft gin at mmm… and glug…

mmm glug masons gin tasting

mmm… and glug… is hosting a free Masons Gin tasting on Friday, 28 September (from 3pm to 6pm) so customers can taste their award-winning Yorkshire-distilled gins.

Masons wanted to create a taste that wasn’t just your run of the mill, off the shelf, generic gin.

Masons Gin dry Yorkshire gin logoRecipe after recipe was rejected in the search for a gin they felt deserved to be called Masons Yorkshire Gin.

Distilled in Masons’ copper alembic stills “Steve’ & “Leftie” in 200-litre batches, each 70cl bottle bears its own handwritten batch and bottle number.

With its traditional slow distillation method, pure Yorkshire water and just the right balance of juniper, citrus elements and secret botanical ratio they created a distinctly unique gin  – the first gin distilled in Yorkshire.

What we will be tasting at mmm… and glug… this Friday

  • Yorkshire Tea Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • Lavender Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • Original Dry Yorkshire Gin – available in 20cl and 70cl bottles
  • Limited edition peppered pear gin – available in 70cl bottles.

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Other tasting events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm unless otherwise stated)

  • Friday, 28 and Saturday, 29 September – Oktoberfest: Taste our amazing range of limited-edition 2018 Oktoberfest beers, along with Pink Lane Bakery pretzels and hand made beer bread
  • Saturday, 29 September – Hispamerchants: Taste our new range of South American wines.

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Shop of the Year announced this week

mmm glug shop of the year 2018 finals

Grainger Street-based mmm… and glug… is one of just ten shops across the UK to make it to this week’s Guild of Fine Food’s 2018 Shop of the Year awards.

Judges from the guild, which recognises excellence in independent retail, recently visited the Newcastle store and carried out mystery shopping exercises, before announcing their overall winner in London this Thursday evening.

Owner Simone Clarkin, is delighted to be recognised for such a prestigious award, especially at a time when independent high street shops face pressure from supermarkets and out of town retailers.

She said: “When we originally opened our Grainger Market store back in 2008 we wanted to get people in the north east and beyond to think about what they eat and drink – and where it comes from.

“Over the past ten years, we have expanded twice within the Grainger Market and then in late 2017 into the city centre – all done during a climate of huge retail uncertainty.

“It is great to know that our efforts to provide great food and drink, and hopefully even greater customer service and advice to shoppers, has helped us reach this stage.

“We really hope that our ethos of being there to provide easy access to good food and drink to the region can help us to bring this prestigious award back the north east.

The Guild’s judges, which included Edward Berry of The Flying Fork, Stuart Gates, who has worked for both Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, award-winning retailer Tracey Colley and Georgina Mason from Gonalston Farm Shop, have rated and scored mmm… and glug… before agreeing to a winner.

This Thursday (20 September), the judging will reach an exciting finale when Simone Clarkin and others from the world of fine food gather at the Guild of Fine Food’s London base, to find out the winner of Shop of the Year 2018.

mmm… and glug… expanded its business with a move to larger headquarters in Newcastle city centre in late 2017 and plans to launch a ‘click and collect’ online shop, demo kitchen and event space in early 2019.

Earlier this year mmm… and glug… came out top in North East and Cumbria in the prestigious RateBeer.com awards.

The awards to breweries, pubs and retailers, sees beer lovers from dozens of countries rate their favourite tipples and where they buy or drink them.

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Oktoberfest beers recipe-fest

Welsh rarebit mmm glug oktoberfest recipe
You’ve got your Hacker-Pschorr, your Paulaner stein and a whole load of beers on reserve, it’s now time to think about the Oktoberfest recipes inspired from ingredients at mmm… and glug… Here some of our favourite recipes we think you should add to your repertoire immediately in order to make the most of Oktoberfest 2018. Often, we head straight to the sausages, shanks and schnitzels when thinking about German cuisine but here at mmm… and glug… we’re putting the beer on centre stage.

Ein – Beer mustard/Bier Senf

From experience, this is delicious with a steak, or sausages, or potatoes, or in sandwiches, or, just anything! Don’t forget – every Friday we have freshly made Pink Lane Bakery pretzels our store. Deliciously dunkable with a homemade beer mustard!
BBC Good Food recipe here.

Zwei – Oxtail stew/Ochsenschwanz-Eintopf

As the nights draw in, it’s well worth making the time to cosy up with this rich oxtail stew.
And, if you haven’t had a traditional German potato dumpling before, you haven’t experience comfort. Delicious Magazine recipe here.
Swap your mash or regular flour dumplings with these beauties for an indulgent autumn supper. Taste of Home dumpling recipe here.

Drei – Beer and cheese soup/Bier und Käse Suppe

Did someone say beer and cheese? YES. Need we say more? Beer and cheese is a match made in heaven. Try our very popular Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock for a darker soup or a Spaten lager for a lighter one. Food Republic recipe here.

Vier – Rarebit/Käse auf Toastbrot

Forget about Guinness, try adding one of our dark German beers (such as Schlosser Altbier or Paulaner Celebrator) to take your Welsh Rarebit to the next level. Olive Magazine recipe here.

Fünf – Chocolate truffles – with beer, of course/ Schokoladentrüffel mit Bier

Trust us, this one may sound odd, but the bitterness that the beer brings to the table works like a dream against that rich dark chocolate. Try using our German wheat beers  (such as Erdinger of Schneider Weisse) rather than an IPA for something truly delicious. Bon Appetit recipe here.

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