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