Help offered for Father’s Day beer buyers

A Newcastle shop is hoping to help non-beer lovers who don’t know their bitters from their IPAs to find the perfect pint for Father’s Day.

mmm… and glug… has enlisted the help of brewers from award-winning Tyne Bank Brewery to host a beer tasting for non-beer lovers event on Saturday, 20 June.

The event, being held in the Grainger Arcade from 12 noon onwards, will hopefully make it easy for local mums, sons and daughters to pick the perfect local beers.

Tyne Bank posterTyne Bank’s brewers will also be unveiling several brand-new beers at the event – giving buyers the chance to buy bottles that will impress even the most ardent craft beer lover.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to not only help out non-beer lovers find the right gift, but also to see new converts to local beers.

She said: “We regularly hold meet the brewer events, but this one will be slightly different as we are aiming it at family members who might not really know what they should buy.

“We will be helping out lots of local shoppers to pick the right beers – and hopefully try a few out themselves.

“Craft beers are becoming more and more popular and great local breweries like Tyne Bank are helping to spread the word of just how good north east beers can be.”

The free tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 12 noon on Saturday, 20 June.

The deli and craft beer store will also be tweeting out news of the new limited edition Tyne Bank beers prior to the event to its 18,000 plus followers using @mmm_newcastle 

And Union Bavarian craft beers at glug…

We don’t think we have ever seen a reaction to new beers like when the Bavarian-brewed And Union bottles arrived at glug…

And Union do things very differently. They like doing it that way and hope that you’ll like the fruits of their efforts.

In 2007, they started to work hand-in-hand with different brewmasters from small, regional Bavarian family-run breweries to create craft lagers and ales that they are not only proud to produce for our customers, but love to drink themselves.

And Union are independent – they are a trio of a father, a son and his long time business partner and friend. 

You can’t rush craftsmanship, and that’s why And Union’s traditional brewing processes take up to 16 weeks.

What we sell at glug…

And Union Friday IPAFriday Über IPA – an unfiltered India Pale Ale (6.5% abv) with a 10 week brewing tim

And Union’s take on the American-style IPA. Not for woosies!

  • Colour: Deep, hazy and copper
  • Aroma: Roasted tangerine and peach cobbler
  • Palate: Crème brûlée and ripe tropical fruit
  • Finish: Fresh ginger and effervescent hoppy dryness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: North indian curries, bbq, cajun, schezuan, strong cheddar and currywurst.

And Union Sunday IPASunday easy pale ale – unfiltered pale ale (5.5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

Balanced and gently spiced. An ‘easy-like-Sunday-morning’ pale ale.

  • Colour: Golden and hazy orange sunset
  • Aroma: Orange peel and fresh flowers
  • Palate: Tangerine and grapefruit. Rich malt
  • Finish: Citrusy, resiny and hoppy loveliness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: Seafood, shellfish, fried foods, mature cheeses and spicy pork.

And Union Handwerk IPAHandwerk every day ‘all-day’ IPA – an unfiltered India Pale Ale (5.5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

Zippy, fresh and fruity. A gentle introduction to the IPA.

  • Colour: Hazy and copper orange
  • Aroma: Baked apricot and wild honey
  • Palate: Tropical fruit
  • Finish: Lingering fruit, malt and herbal hop
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops and American hops
  • Pairing: Cream-based pastas, fried foods, mature cheeses and curries.

And Union unfiltered lagerBrewers & union unfiltered Helles – ‘Unflt lager’ unfiltered helles lager (5% abv) with a six week brewing time

An old school lager. 

Unfiltered, unpasteurised and bursting with flavour.

  • Colour: Hazy and pale straw
  • Aroma: Fresh hay and lemon rind
  • Palate: Malty citrus and brioche
  • Finish: Biscuity smoothness with crisp hop freshness
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops.
  • Pairing: Appetisers, spicy foods, calamari, oysters, prawns, pork chops and salami.

And Union Bern Strein Amber LagerBern Stein – an unfiltered amber lager (5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

A wholesome, toasty lager.

Amber in colour and amber in name (Bern means amber in German).

  • Colour: Hazy and toasted chestnut
  • Aroma: Baked apple. Caramel biscuit
  • Palate: Buttery, salted caramel and malt 
  • Finish: Dry and nutty
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Braised lamb, roast chicken, ribs, duck, seared tuna, beef carpaccio and cheddar.

Brewers and Union dark lager‘Neu blk’ unfiltered dark lager –  an unfiltered dark lager (5% abv) with an eight week brewing time

A rich and complex yet refreshing lager.

We think it is the coolest looking bottle in the range – it tastes even better!

  • Colour: Freshly steeped coffee
  • Aroma: Toasted malt and dark berry
  • Palate: Rich dark roasted malt and dark fruit
  • Finish: Light and bouncy. Bitter chocolate
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Oxtail, game, stews, beef sausages, burgers and steak.

And Union Beat of the Deep Heller Bock‘Beast of the deep’  – an unfiltered Heller Bock (6.5% abv) with a 10 week brewing time

A naughty, creamy and decadent lager.

But, beware of the beast!

  • Colour: Hazy and deep golden 
  • Aroma: Honey, tropical fruit and marzipan 
  • Palate: Creamy, chewy, honey and rich malt 
  • Finish: Citrus peel and lingering biscuit 
  • Hops: Hallertau aroma hops
  • Pairing: Gammon, eisbein, pork crackling. German-style pork sausages and pulled pork.

And Union Steph WeissSteph Weiss – an unfiltered wheat bier (5% abv) – with an eight week brewing time

A true and traditional unfiltered Bavarian Weiss with a twist …

  • Colour: Hazy and golden sunshine
  • Aroma: Vanilla, all-spice, clove and tropical fruit
  • Palate: Smooth and creamy. Plantain richness
  • Finish: Custard cream. lime zest and tropical fruit
  • Hops: Hallertau arma hops
  • Pairing: Salads, sushi, salmon, lobster, eggs, carbonara, emmentaler and sandwiches.

Touro Tripel (750ml) – an unfiltered strong (10% abv) blonde Belgian ale with a 16 week brewing time

And Union Touro TripelTouro tripel blonde is a wickedly rich strong blonde ale with a creamy palate and a fruity, spicy, malt flavour.

Huge and complex.

This golden beauty is brewed with three times the normal amount of barley and is refermented in the bottle.

Big enough for bold dishes, but elegant enough for refined tastes.

Its initial sweetness is deftly balanced by a floral hoppiness.

Food pairing: Game, rich fish, mild rich curries, duck, mature cheeses and cigars. More-ish …

And Union Der Graf von BavariaDer Graf von Bavaria – an alcohol free Bavarian wheat bier (0.4% abv) – with an eight week brewing time

Brewing art meets science.

And Union take their craft brewed Bavarian wheat bier and send it off to remove the alcohol via a patented vacuum process.

The result is refreshingly surprising.

And (according to And Union) its all-natural isotonic properties make it the perfect sports drink!

Want to know more?

Thanks to And Union for the information and images on this page. Main image by Ian Clarkin.

Camel Valley English wines at glug…

camel-valley-logoCamel Valley have been producing award-winning, world-class wines in a beautiful corner of Cornwall (yes Cornwall) since 1989.

What is it that makes their wines so popular with our customers at glug…?

It’s really quite simple – an idyllic setting on sun-drenched slopes near the famous Camel River; excellent grapes that perfectly suit the soil and climate; a respect for traditional vineyard practices combined with a modern approach to wine making and, most importantly, a passion for creating wines that provide pure pleasure…

What we sell at glug…

2012 Camel Valley ‘Cornwall’ Brut (IWC Silver Medal Winner)

This went down well (to say the least) when we took part in the 2015 Newcastle Wine Fair, organised by the Newcastle Wine School.

Served in Rick Stein’s world-famous Seafood Restaurant and Nathan Outlaw’s iconic two Michelin Star Restaurants. ‘Excellent’, Richard Erlich, Wine Critic Independent on Sunday.

2012 Camel Valley 'Cornwall' BrutJane Maquitty (Times) ‘top Jubilee choice’ and Matthew Jukes, Mail Weekend 5 May 2012: ‘One of the most intricately assembled wines around.

Makers Bob and Sam Lindo throw their heart and soul in to every wine they produce – sheer beauty.’ Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday 24 April 2011: ‘Fresh and pinging with a joyful sense of celebration. Magnificently vibrant and alive with fruit’.

Waitrose Weekend Magazine: ‘You can’t go wrong with Camel Valley, a delicious vintage fizz with as much complexity as a Champagne Grande Marque.

Camel Valley is a national treasure with flavours fit for a King and Queen’. Jamie Goode, Express:

‘I just love this beautifully balanced fizz.’ Oz Clarke: ‘Britain’s best value sparkler’.

International Wine Challenge Silver Medal Winner.

2012 Camel Valley ‘Cornwall’ Pinot Noir Rose Brut (IWC Gold Medal And Trophy Winner)

Winning three Gold medals and three Trophies in 2014 was a stunning result for this 2012 vintage.

2012 Camel Valley 'Cornwall' Pinot Noir Rose BrutThe awards include the Sparkling Rose Trophies and Gold medals in the International Wine Challenge, the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and the South West Vineyards Association competitions.

Described by Victoria Moore as ‘a triumph, it’s completely delicious – like a wild cherry blossom nose-kiss’.

Jane Macquitty, the Times critic writes: ‘Camel Valley’s strawberry scented Pinot noir rose Brut is ‘the best …’.

Recommended by Saturday Kitchen’s Olly Smith and a strong pedigree: The 2010 vintage won a Decanter World Wine Award Gold medal, the UKVA Trophy for the best Sparkling Rose in England and was awarded first place in the MWs tasting of 90 English Sparkling wines in 2012.

2013 Camel Valley Bacchus

Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail Weekend: ‘THE UK’s NUMBER ONE ESTATE.

2013 Camel Valley Bacchus“Every wine from CV is a joy and I have picked out my favourite dry white wine, made from the accurately named Bacchus grape, for you to savour.

“For the umpteenth year in a row, this is my favourite dry white English wine. It’s world class.

“Get in quick, this citrus-soaked beauty always sells out fast”

2014 UK Vineyards Association Silver Medal Winner

A distinctive fruity bouquet and a grapey flavour. Perfect with seafood.

Recommended by Fiona Beckett, Guardian Magazine 7th May 2011 and featured in the Michel Roux TV series.

2013 Camel Valley Rose

2013 Camel Valley RoseJilly Goolden ‘Lovely … a good rosé like this has enough dryness and depth of flavour to compliment every style of food.

“I can’t believe it’s English!’ Daily Mail 25 September 2014.

A light rosé with intense strawberry aromas.

This rosé has been made dry and goes beautifully with barbecued mackerel, and is perfect for sipping al fresco.

A real hammock wine! Made from 100% Pinot Noir.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Camel Valley for the information and images on this page. Main image by Ian Clarkin.

 

Newcastle Wine Fair

We were delighted at glug… to take part in the 2015 Newcastle Wine Fair, held in the wonderful setting of The Old Assembly Rooms, Newcastle.

Newcastle Wine Fair - Max and SimoneNewcastle Wine School and Guest Wines’ event was once again the region’s largest independent wine fair.

We had a great afternoon giving hundreds of local wine lovers (as well as curious tasters) the opportunity to taste Max’s selection of delicious wines from glug…

And we also got to chat with so many people about our amazing range of food and drink at mmm… and glug…

The event was a huge success and we are looking forward to taking part in the 2016 event.

What we sell at glug…

Here is our selection of wines that we took to the event. They are all regulars on our shelves, along with many other great choices.

 

 

 

Mushemi Fire at mmm…

Mushemi Fire logoWe are delighted to be stocking ‘Mushemi Fire’ Zambian inspired hot sauces and chilli products at mmm…

We tasted them at a mini chillifest at Spitalfields City Farm, Brick Lane, London last year and we were hooked!

Mushemi Fire sauces are handmade in small batches in Staffordshire, and designed to bring a distinctive taste of African fire and flavour to your food.

What we sell at mmm… 

KambuziKambuzi hot sauce – made with African piri piri (kambuzi, “little goat”) chillies, sun dried tomatoes and Zambian honey.

Rich and spicy piri piri sauce for grilled chicken, prawns and vegetables either as a marinade or directly on foods.

Great on a burger! 

Heat rating – 4/6.

Roast tomato chilli sauce sweet chilli sauce – rich and flavourful sweet chilli sauce made from roast tomatoes, red peppers and chillies.

Sweet chilli style sauce for chicken, fish and pork dishes, stir fires and sandwiches. 

Heat rating – 2/6. 

Mother's RuinMother’s Ruin hot sauce – fermented gin hot sauce with African scotch bonnet chillies and lemon.

Use like Tabasco. Splash on tomato dishes, eggs, chicken and fish.

Great in a Bloody Mary!

Heat rating – 4/6.

Sweet pepper and tamarind sauce sweet chilli sauce – sweet chilli style sauce with fiery African scotch bonnet chillies and tangy tamarind.

Tangy sweet chilli sauce for dips and stir fries. Use as a marinade for chicken and prawns, or as a glaze for salmon.

Heat rating – 2/6.

ChipatsoChipatso hot sauce – fruity papaya and guava hot sauce spiced up with African scotch bonnet chillies.

Fruity hot sauce for chicken, pork and fish dishes.

Add directly to foods or use as a marinade.

Heat rating – 3/6.

Smoked chilli oil – cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil infused with flakes of home smoked African piri piri chillies and paprika.

For stir fries, salad dressings and marinades.

Drizzle over pizzas or bruschetta.

Heat rating – 4/6.

ZwaoZwao! hot sauce – extremely hot piri piri sauce made with African scotch bonnet and piri piri chillies.

Use as a marinade or add directly to grilled meats, chicken and vegetables.

Use with caution!

Heat rating – 6/6.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Mushemi Fire for the images and information on this page.

Christmas at mmm… and glug…

If you are looking for food and drink gifts this Christmas then we have the answer for you.

At mmm… and glug… we source products from local suppliers and small family companies further afield, who all make tasty food and drink with care, taste and passion.

All of these Christmas at mmm… and glug… gift ideas are supplied in high-quality card boxes with shredded paper and a clear front. Samples are available to see in our shop.

These gifts are just an idea of what we do. If you want us to make up something different or unique, then just ask.

Please visit mmm… and glug… to order your box or shop online to have your hampers made up to collect or be delivered anywhere in the UK.

Delivery in time for Christmas? When you order online we will get in touch to you arrange the date(s) that you would like your hamper(s) delivered on.


Traditional Christmas hamper – option 1

Proof of the Pudding Original Alnwick Rum Christmas Pudding (225g); Potts Brandy Sauce (275g); Potts Toffee & Whisky Sauce (275g); Trotters Mostarda or chutney (340g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); Summer Harvest Bramble & Juniper Dressing (250ml); JR Jam (295g); Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes (140g); Peters Yard Mini crackers (100g); Kitty’s Ginger Wine (35cl); Peelham Farm Organic Air Dried Ham (55g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm sweet garlic cloves in olive oil (340g); Loopy Lisa Fudge (100g); Asharun Spices Mulled wine mix; and Davenports Chocolates Buttonettes (150g).

christmas-mmm-glug-1500x1000-2Cost – £80.

Traditional Christmas hamper – option 2

Proof of the Pudding Original Alnwick Rum Christmas Pudding (225g); Potts Brandy Sauce (275g); Potts Toffee & Whisky Sauce (275g); Trotters Mostarda or chutney (340g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); Summer Harvest Bramble & Juniper Dressing (250ml); JR Jam (295g); Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes (140g); Peters Yard Mini crackers (100g); Kitty’s Ginger Wine (35cl); Peelham Farm Organic Air Dried Ham (55g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm sweet garlic cloves in olive oil (340g); Loopy Lisa Fudge (100g); Wildon Grange Celebration Cranberry Sauce (275g); Asharun Spices Mulled wine mix; The Garlic Farm Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Olives Et Al Boozy Nocellara Olives (165g); The Garlic Farm Mint Sauce with Garlic (185g); Great Glen Game Venison Salami (75g); Davenports Chocolates Gift Box )150g); Truffle Hunter Truffle Oil (100ml); Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Cranberry and Pomegranate (500ml).

Cost – £120


‘Alternative’ Christmas hamper – option 1

Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Bim’s African Peanut Curry Sauce (360g); Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Just so Italian Sweet Sicilian Olives (150g); Cool Chile Co Mayan Drinking Chocolate (150g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Luxury Black Garlic Pesto (285g); Mr. Vikki’s Cranberry Chilli Jam (210g); Mr. Vikki’s North Indian Curry christmas-mmm-glug-1500x1000-2Paste (200g); Panpepato (200g); Mic’s Chilli BBQ Sauce (275g); South Devon Chilli Farm Chocolate (100g); and Olives et Al Mixed Nut Selection (250g).

Cost – £65

‘Alternative’ Christmas hamper – option 2

Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Onion Bhaji Mix (260g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Bim’s African Peanut Curry Sauce (360g); Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Just so Italian Sweet Sicilian Olives (150g); Cool Chile Co Mayan Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenports Chilli Choc Truffles (150g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Honey (250g); Hawkshead Chillililli (240g); Cumberland Honey Mustard (185g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Luxury Black Garlic Pesto (285g); Mr. Vikki’s Cranberry Chilli Jam (210g); Mr. Vikki’s North Indian Curry Paste (200g); Panpepato (200g); Mic’s Chilli BBQ Sauce (275g); South Devon Chilli Farm Chocolate (100g); and Olives et Al Mixed Nut Selection (250g).

Cost – £100


Boxing Day hamper – option 1

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); and Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g).

Boxing Day buffetCost – £30

Boxing Day hamper – option 2

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); Summer Harvest Bramble and Juniper Dressing (100ml); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); and Cumberland Honey Mustard (170g).

Cost £40

Boxing Day hamper – option 3

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); Summer Harvest Bramble and Juniper Dressing (100ml); Cumberland Honey Mustard (170g); Wildon Grange Fantastic Figgy Pear Relish (290g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); and Silver & Green Marinated Olives (200g).

Cost – £50

  • Add a selction of local cheeses for an extra £15 (only available on click and collect)
  • Add the following wines for an extra £55  – 2012 Camel Valley ‘Cornwall ‘Brut (IWC Silver Medal Winner); and Sagrado Tawny Port.

Sweet treats hamper – option 1

Montezuma’s Chocolate Bars (100g) x 2; Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); and Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour.

Cost – £20

Sweet treats hamper – option 2

montezuma-chocolateHawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour; Just so Italian Handmade Italian Sweet Biscuits (200g); Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Your Piece Baking Co. Shortbread Bites (150g); and Gustosecco Rice Pudding (150g min.).

Cost – £40

Sweet treats hamper – option 3

Montezuma’s Chocolate Bars (100g) x 3; Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour (x2); Just so; Italian Handmade Italian Sweet Biscuits (200g); Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Your Piece Baking Co. Shortbread Bites (150g); Gustosecco Rice Pudding (150g min.); Venchi Cocoa & Hazelnut Spread (40g); and Panforte (200g).

Cost – £55


Masala Dabba spice boxMade in India (cooked in Britain)

Meera Sodha’s ‘Made in India’ book and a Masala Dabba (traditional Indian spice tin).

Plus seven spices to get you cooking up a storm:

Amchoor Mango Powder, Asafoetida, Cardamom Pods, Kalonji Onion Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Coriander seeds and Cumin Seeds.

Cost – £35


A taste of Spain – option 1

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); and Paella Seasoning Sachets (15g).

Coast – £25.

A taste of Spain – option 2

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy PaellaSmoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); Paella Seasoning Sachets (15g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); and Sardinellas (111g).

Cost – £35

A taste of Spain – option 3

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); Sardinellas (111g); Pedro Ximenez Sherry Vinegar (250ml); Jose Lou Arbequina Olives 355g; and Habitas Fritas (125g).

Cost – £50

A taste of Spain – option 4

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); Sardinellas (111g); Pedro Ximenez Sherry Vinegar (250ml); Jose Lou Arbequina Olives 355g; and Habitas Fritas (125g) – plus a copy of Rick Stein’s ‘Spain’.

Cost – £80

  • Add the following wines for an extra £30 – Pazo das Tapias Alma de Tinto Mencia (Spanish, medium dry red) and Cop de Ma Garnacha Blanca (Spanish, medium dry white).

Say it with flours – option 1

bread kneadingLittle Pod Coffee Extract (100ml); Little Pod Chocolate Extract (100ml); Mexican Gourmet Vanilla Pod (two pod pack); Salamandra Dulce de Leche (280g); and Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml).

Plus a mmm… flour voucher worth £15.

Cost £50.

Say it with flours – option 2

Little Pod Coffee Extract (100ml); Little Pod Chocolate Extract (100ml); Mexican Gourmet Vanilla Pod (2 pod pack); Salamandra Dulce de Leche (280g); and Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml).

Plus a mmm… flour voucher worth £15 and ‘The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking’.

Cost – £65


A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 1

King Naga (110ml); Banana Habanero (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); and Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g).

Cost – £25 

New Mr Vikki's chilli jamA bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 2

King Naga (110ml); Hell Hot Habanero (110ml); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce (140ml); and Hot Lime Pickle (210g).

Cost – £35

A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 3

King Naga (110ml); Queen Naga (50g); Banana Habanero (210g); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); and Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g).

Cost – £45

A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 4

King Naga (110ml); Queen Naga (50g); Banana Habanero (210g); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Hot Coriander Sauce (210g); Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce (140ml); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g) and Keswick Market Curry Sauce.

Cost – £55


A taste of the Middle East – option 1

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g; Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); and Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g).

Cost – £25

A taste of the Middle East – option 2

SumacArabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Zaytoun Za’ata Spice Mix (80g); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); and Saffron (1g).

Cost – £35

A taste of the Middle East – option 3

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g; Arabica Spice Pomegranate Mollasses (240ml); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Arabica Tahini (300g); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); Zaytoun Maftoul Couscous (250g); Zaytoun Freekeh (250g); and Saffron (1g).

Cost – £50

A taste of the Middle East – option 4

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g); Arabica Spice Pomegranate Mollasses (240ml); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Arabica Tahini (300g); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); Zaytoun Maftoul Couscous (250g); Zaytoun Freekeh (250g); and Saffron (1g).

Plus a copy of top ten bestselling ‘Persiana’ by Sabrina Ghayour.

Cost – £65


Down Mexico way – option 1

Cool Chile Chipotle Salsa (270g); Cool Chile Mexican Al Pastor Kit (52g); Doña Chonita Mole Sauce (350g); Kankun Mexican Chipotle Sauce (150ml); La Costena Salsa Verde ; and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £25

Down Mexico way – option 2

Ancho chilliesCapsicana Ancho Poblano Chillies (30g); Capsicana Chipotle Chillies (30g); Cool Chile Co. Achiote Paste (100g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Oregano (25g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste (150g); KanKun Habanero Sauce (150ml); Cool Chile Co. Masa Harina (500g); Tomatillos (tinned) (340g); and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £45

Down Mexico way – option 3

Capsicana Ancho Poblano Chillies (30g); Capsicana Chipotle Chillies (30g); Capsicana Mexican Cinnamon (50g); Cool Chile Co. Achiote Paste (100g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Epazote (25g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Oregano (25g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste (150g); KanKun Habanero Sauce (150ml); La Morena Chipotle in Adobo (200g); La Morena Refried Beans (440g); Cool Chile Co. Masa Harina (500g); Otomi Gourmet Mexican Vanilla Pod (2 pod pack); Tomatillos (tinned) (340g); Cool Chile Co. Margarita Rim (70g); and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £55

  • Add ‘Wahaca – Mexican Food to Cook at Home’ by Thomasina Miers for £15.

A taste of Italy – option 1

Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Herb Mix for Pasta (80g); Pasta Nero di Seppia (250g); Salt Flakes with Black summer truffle (30g); and Panforte Tuscan cake (200g).

Cost – £30

A taste of Italy – option 2

PastaEtruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Herb Mix for Pasta (80g); Pasta Nero di Seppia (250g); Salt Flakes with Black summer truffle (30g); Farro (500g); White Balsamic Condiment (500ml); Salted Capers (100g); Ferron Risotto Rice (250g); and Panforte Tuscan cake (200g).

Cost – £45

A taste of Italy – option 3

Farro (500g); Castelluccio Lentils (500g); White Balsamic Condiment (500ml); Salted Capers (100g); Black Truffle Carpaccio (50g); Truffle Hunter Black Truffle Linguine (250g); Squid Ink (4g); Ferron Risotto Rice (250g); ‘00’ Flour (1Kg); Planeta Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP Val di Mazara (500ml); and Panforte (200g).

Cost – £65

  • For an extra £30 add the following wines – Fattoria dei Barbi Brusco dei Barbi (full-bodied Italian red) and Vigneti del Salento Verdecca Puglia (medium-dry Italian white).
  • Add Gino D’Acampo’s ‘Gino’s Italian Escape- a Taste of the Sun’ for an extra £15.

Hot and spicy – option 1

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; and Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml).

Cost – £25

Naga chillies at mmmHot and spicy – option 2

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; The Chilli Jam Man Squealers Pork Scratchings (90g)*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml); and South Devon Chilli Farm Extreme Chilli Chocolate (100g).

Cost – £35

Hot and spicy – option 3

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Flakes; The Chilli Jam Man Squealers Pork Scratchings (90g)*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Mr Vikki’s Queen Naga (50g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; Bims Kitchen African Baobab Chilli Jam (215g); Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml); and South Devon Chilli Farm Extreme Chilli Chocolate (100g).

Cost – £50

* Want a veggie friendly version of our Hot and Spicy Hampers? Please order then call us on 0191 222 1818 or email info@mmm-glug.co.uk and we will arrange.


Oh so garlicky – option 1

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); and Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml).

Cost – £25

Smoked garlicOh so garlicky – option 2

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulbs (x2); Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); Yellowfields Garlic Rapeseed Oil (250ml); Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); and Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g).

Cost – £35

Oh so garlicky – option 3

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulbs (x2); Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); Yellowfields Garlic Rapeseed Oil (250ml); Bims Kitchen African Lemon, Garlic and Pepper Sauce (250ml); Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Falksalt Sea Salt with Wild Garlic (125g); Cumberland Honey Mustard with Garlic (170g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Roast Garlic Jam (240g); and Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g).

Cost – £50


Christmas wines – case of 12

Prosecco corkWhite Wines: Heartland Stickleback White (Australia, medium dry); Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc (England, dry); Valentin Bianchi Finca Los Primos Torrentes (Argentina, dry); and Chateau Nicot Blanc Bordeaux (France, off-dry).

Red Wines: Painter Bridge Zinfandel (USA, medium-bodied); Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico (Italy, medium-bodied); Quinta Do Sagrado Mutante (Portugla); Gilles Louvet Corbierres (france, medium-bodied); and Pazio Das Tapias Alma De Tinto Mencia (Spain).

Sparkling Wines: Camel Valley ‘ Cornwall Brut’ (England, award-winning dry sparkling white) and Fiol Prosecco (Italy, extra dry).

Port: Sagrado Tawny Port .

Cost – £225


Local beersLocal beers and ales – mixed case of 12

Mixed case of 12 500ml bottles of our local favourites, including beers and ales from Allendale Ales, Durham Brewery, Jarrow Brewery, Mordue Brewery, Panda Frog Brewery (330ml), Three Kings Brewery, Tyne Bank Brewery and Wylam Brewery.

At least six different breweries will be included in the case, including any seasonal specials or limited edition beers (where available).

Cost – £42

Allendale Ales – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Cullercoats Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Cullercoats Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £12

Durham Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Jarrow Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Jarrow Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £11

Mordue Brewery/Panda Frog Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Tyne Bank Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Tyne Bank Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £12

Wylam Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Wylam Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £42


British beersBritish beers and ales – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 500ml bottles of our UK favourites, including beers and ales.

At least six different breweries will be included in the case, including any seasonal specials or limited edition beers (where available).

Cost £TBC


Beers of EuropeBeers of Europe – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 bottles of our European favourites, including beers from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Scandinavia.

Cost £TBC

Beers of Europe – three bottle gift box

Cost – £TBC


US_beers_hamper_test_imageBeers and ales of the USA – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 bottles of our favourites beers and ales from the USA.

Case will include a mixed selection from Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor Brewery, Founders Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company, Flying Dog and Sierra Nevada.

Cost £TBC

Beers of the US – three bottle gift box

Cost – £TBC


Please check online for further beer and wine hamper options towards Christmas, including mini-kegs to order.

Please note: Photographs are for illustration purposes only. Please check the contents of your chosen hamper before placing your order.

As many of our products are handmade by small artisan producers, we may supply alternative item(s) should stock be unavailable. Replacement items will be of an equal or greater value and we will advise you of any changes prior to your order being despatched. 

The information contained in our Christmas leaflet or on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All liability of mmm food and drink ltd. for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on such information is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

Newcastle food store aims to be Britain’s best

mmm glug logosA Newcastle food and drink store wants local shoppers who are shunning the supermarkets to help it carry off a top UK food award for independent retailers.

Grainger Market-based mmm… and glug… is in the running for the 2015 Farm Shop & Deli Awards and hopes that the award can come to the north east for the first time.

The store, a major supporter of small food producers both in and out of the region, has been on a mission to get more people cooking and eating since it opened six years ago.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market.

And, despite being up against delis and shops in the UK that have been established far longer, owner Simone Clarkin, 51, is determined to show that the region can compete with the whole of the country.

She said: “When we first opened mmm… and then glug… we wanted to get more local people talking about and more importantly, eating great food and drink – and not just relying on the choices supermarkets offer.

“By working with award-winning local producers such as Zen Bakers, Davenports Chocolates, Wylam Brewery, Mr Vikkis, Gilchesters and Anarchy Brewery we have helped raise the profile of the fantastic food and drink being produced in the region.

“But we also look beyond the region by aiming to supply top cooking ingredients that many of our customers and chefs say they can’t get anywhere but London or even abroad.

“We are hoping north east twitterers, food lovers, cooks and chefs can vote and see the accolade coming to the region on behalf of our great suppliers and the food-loving north east as a whole.”

Food lovers can vote for mmm… online at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/entry/mmm-food-drink-ltd

The Awards developed from Founding Partner Olives Et Al’s Deli of the Year, saw nearly 300 entries in 2014, doubling the amount from previous year.

The overall winner will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 20 April 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC.

mmm… and the recently opened glug… which stocks hundreds of craft beers, wine and ciders is based at 10-13 Grainger Arcade in the Grainger Market.

The store can be followed online at www.twitter.com/mmm_newcastle where over 16,000 followers regularly swap foodie hints, tips, recipes and recommendations.

For more information call Simone Clarkin on 0191 222 1818 or email simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

English wines at glug…

We love British food and drink at glug… and we are delighted to be now stocking the first of many to come wines from vineyards in the south of England.

What do we stock?

First is the Cornwall Brut sparkling white wine from Camel Valley vineyard, one of the finest grown in England.

English wineCamel Valley Brut (12.5% abv) – English sparkling wine with a fresh, bright character and smooth fruit flavours with floral notes. 12.5% alcohol.

Then from Kenton Vineyard in Devon we have the highly aromatic Bacchus and the intensely fruity Rose.

Kenton Vineyard Bacchus (11.5% abv) – a single varietal wine made from Bacchus grapes grown at the Vineyard.

It is a highly aromatic, dry wine with crisp fruit flavours and a long finish.

Kenton Vineyard Rose (11.5% abc) – a slightly darker, full-flavoured rose, with intense red fruit nose also coming through on the palate.

So is English wine any good?

Wine making was introduced to England by the Romans, and has continued with varying levels of success through the centuries.

More recently the warmer British summers have seen a growth in an industry which has traditionally struggled with an unsuitably cold climate.

Chalky, limestone soils in parts of southern England are extremely similar to those found just across the Channel in Champagne and growers have found which grape varieties do well.

Not surprisingly these include the Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier for the sparklings; Bacchus, Siegerrebe and Seyval Blanc for whites and Rondo, Regent, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir for reds.

Sparkling wines have made huge strides in the last decade and the best of these can easily stand up to French competition.

White wines have developed a delightful, delicate, elderflower-scented style, and beautiful reds ranging from light and pink through to gutsy and dark are beginning to emerge.

We hope you enjoy discovering the exciting world of English wine with us.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Kenton Vineyard, Devon and Enotria World Wine for information on individual wines on this page.