Every first and third Saturday of the month there’s a delightful little market held in the grounds of Gibside, a National Trust property located not far from Rowlands Gill. As NT members we decided to pop along to see what was on offer and report back to the Canny Food readers. Today is their Christmas Market, so there’s not been a better time to visit. Make sure you wrap up warm, though!
We have also heard on the grapevine they have a pub which is open on a Friday and Saturday night over the festive period (thanks for North East Family Fun for the tip!). While supping on a pint you can also enjoy a delicious Earth & Fire pizza, a company we’ve previously mentioned here. Unfortunately there were none on sale when we visited the market, but their bakery was doing a roaring trade.
One stall we were thrilled to see was Gringos, who sell a range of products that cater for a range of dietary requirements. Having became aware of their food at the North East Vegan Festival the market was the perfect opportunity to stock up on burgers. Mr. Canny likes their Kofte and the Parsnip options. For those a little bit weary, they had some samples to try before you buy 🙂
It wouldn’t be a market without some fresh local produce, and we were able to pick up some bits and pieces to restock the fridge. We’ll ignore the inability to spell ‘potatoes’!
I couldn’t pass by The Northumberland Cheese Company stall and not buy some of their delicious Kielder, which is my favourite.
It was the first time I encountered Scone Drops, who offer a slightly different take on the British classic. Sweet and savoury options were available to mix and match, and I wanted to try them all. I particularly enjoyed the Caramelised Onion & Feta version, along with the Lemon & Poppyseed. Mr. Canny felt a bit left out as he couldn’t give them a try, but he’d had a pasty from Gringos for his brunch so he was sorted!
I was determined to try Boo’s Bakery, who I had interacted with on Twitter in the past. The brownies were incredible, as were the bargain cheese scones. I had one warmed for my supper that evening with lashings of butter. You’d think I’d have been all sconed out by that point, but clearly not.
There were a few other stalls there on the day we visited, such as Mr T’s Utensils. I’m sure Gibside’s Festive Markets will offer a wider range of items for sale with Christmas in mind. There’s also the National Trust gift shop for further retail therapy. If you aren’t a National Trust member already there will be an entrance fee to the grounds, although there isn’t an additional charge for the market.Once you’ve shopped take the time to wander round the grounds if your feet haven’t frozen! I imagine it will look stunning with some snow, but I’m sure the traders are hoping to stay dry and reasonably warm.
Thanks for reading,