Welcome to the Christmas edition of The Grainger Guide! We hope you’ll have a great time exploring our 186-year-old market in the center of historic Newcastle upon Tyne.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is our commitment to helping our traders provide the best products and services for you, our customers.
We’re especially excited because government funding has fnally allowed us to refurbish this historic landmark. We’re going to make sure that your favorite shops are ready for another 186 years of business!
And if you want to know where to fnd your favourite shops and what they have on offer this Christmas? You need look no further than this guide! We have some cracking deals for you at www.GraingerDelivery.com too!
Christmas at The Grainger Market
It’s the season of giving, and we’re here to give you some delicious foodie ideas for Christmas.
If you’re looking for an idea for the food lover in your life; whether it’s your Mom, Dad, Grandparents, or signifcant other, we’ve got you covered!
The Grainger Market is a great place to start if you’re looking for local food in Newcastle. We offer a wide range of options including traditional Christmas puddings made with oatmeal and dried fruit, as well as traditional mince pies topped with brandy butter. If you’re feeling more adventurous, we also offer all the Christmas essentials, Chocolate Yule Logs and candy-bars you name it, we’ve got it.
Not to mention our huge range of Sreet Food from Fried Chicken to Chinese, we have all the comfort foods from Hongli’s Dumpling & Bun to a comforting mac and cheese from Redheads! It will warm you up in these colder months.
Winter time is the perfect time to check out all the market has to offer, the market is open from everyday in December until December 24th, so there’s plenty of time left for you to enjoy some local foodie treats!
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Matthews Cheese have been part of the market for more than 50 years, and have built an enviable reputation as the fnest Cheesemonger in the North East. Their shop in the Grainger Market Arcade hosts more than 200 Cheeses, from local favourites from Northumberland and County Durham to exotic cheeses from across Europe and beyond!
Lisa Sample is the Turophile (Master of cheese) and, alongside her expert team offer insight into the best cheeses for any occasion.
Lisa has over 30 years experience of working with cheese, following in the footsteps of her Mother who ran the store before her alongside Mr Mathews, who began the store back in the early 1980’s.
From award winning cheese to crackers, chutney’s, pickles and more, Matthews Cheese can be found in the Arcade at Grainger Market with pop up shops at the Newcastle Monument Christmas Market, Saturdays at Berwick upon Tweed town Market and Sundays at the Newcastle Quayside Market.
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This Christmas Butcher Jerry and Wife Justine and their team will be working hard to ensure you get the best quality produce on your festive table.
The Eden family history with the market goes all the way back almost 100 years to 1927, when Jerry’s Great Grandfather took a job as a butcher in the Grainger Market. That family’s pride in quality, locally sourced produce has never wavered. Their famous sausages are made by hand using only the fnest quality ingredients, and their wild game is sourced from Northumberland and County Dur ham. With a wealth of knowledge about local produce the Oliver & Eden Team are sure to have everything you need from Turkey to Topside to make the perfect Festive feast.Oliverandeden OliverandEden
Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served at midnight on New Year’s Eve. While baking the cake, a coin is inserted and whichever family member or friend fnds it in their slice, is said to be granted luck for the rest of the year!
Vasilopita is made of a variety of doughs, depending on the region and almost every family has its own recipe. This is my grandma’s recipe!
1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
2. Crush the mastic with 2 teaspoons of the sugar until it forms a powder.
3. In a bowl sift the four, the baking powder, and the mastic powder.
4. In a mixer beat the eggs until fuffy.
5. While keep mixing slowly add the sugar until it forms a creamy consistency.
6. Then, in turns add the butter, milk, and four mixture. Mix well.
7. When ready, stop the mixer and fold in the almonds with a spatula.
8. Take a 25- 30cm round baking pan. Grease and dust with four.
9. Gently transfer the batter into the baking pan.
11. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
12. When ready, remove from oven and dust with icing sugar and serve!Andreana Xenophontos
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
And you’re invited to visit Santa’s Grotto at The Grainger Market, where he’ll be waiting with a magical Christmas gift just for you.
The holiday season is all about traditions, and ours is no exception. We’ve been putting together a special experience for our customers for months, and we can’t wait to share it with all of you.
This year at The Grainger Market, we’re offering a unique opportunity for all ages to sit down with Santa and tell him what they’d like to see under their tree this year. He’ll have some special surprises in store!
There will also be a shop selling all sorts of treats for the little ones. Tip Top the magic elf will be there too! We hope you can make it by our Grotto soon because Santa will only be there until December 24th. Happy Holidays!
ONE 2 ONE Cafe situated in Alley 4 is one of the three great classic Cafe’s in the market. From early morning throughout the day, serving up teas, coffee, freshly baked cakes to lunchtime meals, One 2 One has great value for money food options to suit every pocket and a great respite from all that gift buying!
Oliver’s Kitchen is situated in the Arcade, and continued to be one of the city’s favourite breakfast spots. Looking for a full English and a cuppa? Then Oliver’s Kitchen is the place.
Eats Cafe is the sister Cafe to Oliver’s Kitchen and it prides itself on it’s fantastic home style cooked lunches and dinners, from home made stews and pies served with chips, jacket spuds and or veg, to traditional desserts and puddings served with Cream or Custard.
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The holidays are here, and we can't wait to celebrate with you.
But what if you don't want to spend all of your time cooking? Or maybe you're hosting a party and don't have the space or energy to make a big meal?
Well, we've got your back. We're open for pre-orders through December 10th so that YOU can enjoy this Christmas!
Just visit our online shop to order food here: www.graingerdelivery.com, and then sit back and relax while we do all the work. We'll deliver everything right to your door in time for your holiday festivities.
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Christmas is a time of celebration and togetherness, where we come together with our loved ones to share in the joy of the season. As such, it's important to fnd a gift that will let your loved one know how much you care about them.
At Tian's Gifts, they believe that there is no better way to express your love than through a thoughtful and hand-crafted card or gift. That's why they strive to provide an emporium of beautiful cards and gifts for every occasion from birthdays to Christmas; they have you cov ered with their wide range of products at affordable prices! Whether it's for Christmas or another occasion, their gifts are sure to please!
On the back of a much delayed wedding in southern Italy we decided to extend our trip and take the train from Bari on the south east coast across country and through the mountains to Salerno and get a boat bus to the much lauded Amal !
We were clearly feeling the zeitgeist as the Amal coast, the area of south western Italy from Salerno, Amal the capital, Positano and Sorento proved the holiday hotspots for 2022.
We had found a tiny 6 bedroom hotel at the foot of the mountains just beyond the main streets of the town, accessed by elevator that ascended through the hill, we were greeted by spectacular views across the bay; Lemon groves, olive oil, pizza, pasta, sunshine and wine - Bliss! From Amal we caught the boat train to Naples, via Capri, the boat ride itself being almost two hours, a highlight of the trip, as we picked up more passengers from a half dozen picturesque candy pastel painted towns along the way.
Naples was a stopping point for visiting the volcanic ruins of Herculaneum and the legendary Pompeii - spending a day walking round both, with train links between and logging nearly 27 km to our exercise. Both of us hobbling to the last train like men twice our age once the sun set.
Rome, the capital, was our next stop; so even though neither of us are religious in any way, one cannot visit Rome without a trip to the Vatican. Not satis ed with the previous days arduous walk we headed up and into the dome of St Peters Basilica. Climbing a tight corridor stairway of more than 500 stairs, and sandwiched between two very large American ladies in almost 37 degrees humidity , my claustrophobia and vertigo were severely challenged, whilst Pip seemed just excited by the whole experience, even perhaps wickedly enjoying my mild terror at the situation.
Arriving at the roof of the basilica , to truly awe inspiring views of Rome there is a gi shop, just like Disneyland you leave the ‘attraction’ and are met with Nuns selling religious works, rosaries and such .
Pip had done his research so a er that epic climb we were keen for some lunch , and what better than Carbonara, made with traditional ingredients and a touch of black tru e. His research had paid o , as Il Tupano Nero, served up a 5 star home style pasta. Just wonderful!
Our last days were spent in Florence , meeting up with Portuguese friends who were touring the northern part of Italy , so lunch with them and then onto the U zzi Gallery to see the great Italian master works of Da Vinci , Botticelli etc. As Naples might be described as the dirtiest city in Italy, it’s streets piled with rubbish and “doggy doo doo”, Florence is totally the opposite, it’s streets so clean one might think it is vacuumed twice daily. Immaculate!
For more on these adventures and top tips for trips check out our social media!
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life, or want to treat yourself to something special this year, we have some great ideas from our range of Christmas hampers from Phillips & Wilde.
We’ve got something for everyone here at Grainger Market Delivery - whether you’re looking for a food hamper with everything from wine to cheese and nuts, or want a drink-focused gift that allows you to take your favourite tipple on the go!
Our hampers come in all shapes and sizes, too - from big corporate hampers that are ideal for sharing around the table during Christmas dinner (we recommend pairing them with some of our wine hampers!), right down to individual snack boxes flled with delicious treats like chocolate bars, crisps and more!
No matter what kind of gift you need to buy this Christmas season, we’ve got something perfect just waiting for you!
Hector Hall are based in the historic 186 year old Grainger Market, serving central Newcastle and the wider North East. We carry the widest stock of fresh fruit and vegetables from traditional to the exotic , so this Festive Season, shop Hector Hall and make your festive feast one to remember.
What hot in the Market for Christmas
Looking for that Rock T or Merch for your favourite band? Then ‘Let it Be’ Music Merch is the place to shop! With dozens and dozens of Rock legends to up and coming talent they have it all! So whether you’re rocking out to Led Zeppelin or Slipknot, Let it Be have you covered.
Tian’s Gifts has an array of oriental gifts from note books to pens and more, perfect for stocking fllers - and looking for a unique Card for that someone special - Tian’s Gifts has it all!
For the esoteric and the spiritually tunedin, Little Bazaar has range of gifts, that are sure to spark a conversation: from Fairies to Incense, Crystals to Charms, - shopping that feels like magic!
Creations for Occasions is packed with fantastic festive gifts sure to please, from unique Christmas tree baubles to Ducks in Wellys!
Analogue, for ‘threads’ (Clothing), for the skater kid, urban cool, the post modern hipster, and those who enjoy authentic style, Analogue is the place.
The Festive season often means dressing up in your fnest, and for “ladies who lunch” Bags of Bags has the perfect handbag, clutch, purse and more to accessorise your fashion. Bags of course make the perfect gift too!
Biang Biang Noodles is one of the Grainger Market’s best kept secretsauthentic Asian Noodles made with love and perfect for that much needed shopping break!
The gift of fowers, or the classic Poinsettia fower then M.J. Fagan and Gardeners choice. Both have beautiful blooms and foral gifts to bring a smile this festive season.
Established in 1914, we are a family run butchers with over 100yrs experience in fne locally sourced produce. We have the best cuts of Beef and Pork, and a range of Turkey, Goose, and Duck too. Shop with us this holiday season, for premium quality and market value prices.
Sift the four into a bowl and combine with the breadcrumbs, suet, almonds, sugar and spices
Remove the from the dates, chop the fesh and combine with the remaining fruits. Add to the four mixture and mix well
Whisk the eggs together and add to the pudding mixture with the rum, brandy, Guinness and golden syrup. Stir thoroughly to combine
Leave the mix in the fridge for 1 week to develop its favour. During this time, taste the mixture occasionally - more spices or alcohol can be added if needed
To cook the pudding, butter and four a pudding basin, then fll it 3/4 of the way up the side with the mixture. Place a circle of parchment paper on top of the mixture, cover the basin with tin foil and seal tightly
Place in a steamer and steam the pudding for 4 hours. Once cooked, allow to cool and store tightly wrapped in the fridge or a cool place until required. To reheat the puddings, return to the steamer and steam for a further 2 hours These pudding can be stored for upto 12 months in a airtight container to allow the favours to develop
Serve with brandy sauce, whipped cream or ice cream.
Pet Lamb Patisserie was founded in the Summer of 2009 by best friends Katie and Kay. The self-taught bakers whipped, beat and piped their way through months of recipe testing before deciding to take their little cake show on the road. Selling their delicious cupcakes and brownies from a little folding table the girls soon realised that they could make their dream of opening a cake shop a reality, and in 2012 that’s exactly what they did. Shop their delicious Cakes, Muffns, Cupcakes, Brownies and more at their Grainger Market shop and online
Tip Top’s new Christmas Adventure
Monique Scott is a self published author and illustrator based in County Durham. Her frst book ‘Two Little Mice’ was published in 2018. In 2022 her two other books were launched, ‘Kiwi’s Pebble’ and ‘Two Little Mice and their frst Christmas’. Monique has illustrated several other children’s books for local authors, including Craig Wilde’s ‘The elf who saved Christmas’, which was published in 2021. Craig and co-writer Filipe Ribeiro have teamed up this year with Monique to create the second book ‘Tip Top and the magic Christmas Tree’ which is now published under
Happiness abounds as your love life takes a turn for the better! Not just love, but fnances too will be looking up! So take time to celebrate a little this festive season. But watch your health as the weather changes.
You’ve really got to put the effort in this month, especially if you want to achieve your goals. Don’t give anyone any reason to overlook you for any new opportunities - it’s time to shine.
Those with new family members, will fnd peace at last, as newborns can bring joy especially at this time of year. Share that love around too, so those you care about don’t feel left out of the moment.
New friends come into your life this month. Family can be challenging but a smile and hug go a long way to repairing any upsets. Celebrate this month, you deserve it.
Leo Communication is key this month, make sure everyone is in the loop, especially partners and loved ones. A problem shared. Plan those gifts ahead of time and don’t overspend, it truly is the thought that counts.
Your love life is especially hot in the colder months of December. For long term partners this will bring a new l evel of intimacy. This season you should try to make friendships that last, time to enlarge your social circle.
Job and career prospects are much improved this month and you could be in line for some good news. Those you hold nearest and dearest will be willing you to succeed.
For single Scorpios there is a danger of rushing headlong into deep relationships. So tread carefully. Good times to be had, and work life looks promising for the new year.
Family life can be a little taxing this month, but travelling for work seems to bring both space and opportunities . Your fnances look much better this month.
The stars are aligned, bringing great job and career opportunities. You will have some challenges with your fnances, but all will be well towards the end of the month. Your love life will be a positive example to the people who look up to you.
Single Aquarians, you need to get out more, love won’t come knocking. You need to seek it out, or at least be mixing and mingling. Love will not come to you when you stay at home.
Singles will be especially lucky in the romance stakes this month, but remember falling in love takes time; be cer tain of the choice you have made in a partner, before you throw yourself headfrst into the moment. You need to be mindful of your health this month.
The last Word
It’s that time of year again—the days are getting shorter and colder, the nights are longer and darker, and fall is giving way to winter. The city has been busy with festivals and events throughout the fall, but now it’s time to take a moment to refect on what we’re thankful for before diving into the holiday season.
The holidays are a time for family and friends. With them in mind, we’ve created The Grainger Guide to help you enjoy the season and all of the offers the market has to hold, Online or instore.
In light of the diffcult times we’ve got great competitions, like a chance to win food shops and much morekeep your fngers crossed over until next time!
Take care, Publisher Craig Wilde
The search for the perfect dumpling is over.
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