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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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.

Validity

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.

Lost/Stolen/Damaged

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.

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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mmm… and glug… in UK Shop of the Year finals

mmm glug shop of the year 2018 finals

mmm… and glug… is one of a handful of grocery shops across the UK to make it to the finals of the Guild of Fine Food’s 2018 Shop of the Year awards.

Shop of the Year mmm glug logoJudges from the guild, which recognises and promotes excellence in independent retail, will visit the Newcastle store and carry out a series of mystery shopping exercises, before announcing the overall winner in September.

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 panel of highly experienced judges, which includes 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, will rate, score and feedback on every aspect of mmm… and glug… before agreeing to a winner.

On Thursday, 20 September, Shop of the Year 2018 will reach an exciting finale when the world of fine food gathers at the Guild of Fine Food’s London base, to find out the winners 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 during its tenth year in business.

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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Ananda’s Gourmet spice kits at mmm… and glug…

Ananda's Gourmet spice kitsThis Saturday (17 February 2018) we are holding a free tasting of Ananda’s Gourmet Indian curry spice kits at mmm… and glug…, with Indian-brewed beers to match.

Ananda’s spice packs are pre-mixed and perfectly proportioned to recreate the authentic flavours of India.

Each kit has its own shopping list (for any fresh ingredients) and an easy-to-follow recipe inside.

Ananda will be tasting her:

  • Paneer Masala
  • Hyderabadi Lamb Korma
  • Goan Prawn Curry
  • Indi Burgers.

We will also have the full selection of Ananda’s vegetarian, chicken, lamb and fish spice kits for you to choose from.

White Rhino Brewing Co.

We will also be tasting our new ‘White Rhino’ Indian-brewed IPA and lager on the day (over 18s only).

White Rhino Brewing Co, India’s first craft brewery, was set up by a team 
of young brewers with the aim of bringing both quality and variety to the Indian beer market.

Their goal was to make 
beer for India that would stand up to an international standard.

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

  • Friday, 2 March – Spanish Cava tasting: Taste our amazing Villarnau Cava (Hint: ahead of Mother’s Day)
  • Saturday, 16 June – Firebrick Brewery tasting: Taste Firebrick’s Blaydon-brewed beers and sort the perfect Father’s Day gift.