MEAL REVIEW: The Oaks Hotel, South Road, Alnwick

Don’t go to the Oaks Hotel if you’re peckish – wait until you’re ravenous!

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Three varieties of grapes growing together. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Nature will often take its own course

Familiar plants behaving out of character are quickly spotted by enthusiasts, and this is something I love to hear about.

Tom Pattinson with his Black Hamburg grapes.

A mini-vineyard may not be just a dream

When friend Carlo mentioned that he was off to his spiritual home, Tuscany, to assist with the grape harvest, he had my full attention, tinged with envy. It brought back a flood of memories of places visited and a resolve to see more.

The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Jane Coltman

Duchess eyes Garden completion

A unique and ‘world’s first’ attraction will be installed at The Alnwick Garden, as the Duchess of Northumberland eyes completion of the project.


Why leaves on the line might delay your train journey

'Leaves on the line' might sound like an old British Rail excuse for poor punctuality, but it's a very real problem for rail operators at this time of year.
The host, Lee Westwood, at Close House.

British Masters to be held in the North East next year

Lee Westwood is to host the 2017 British Masters at Close House in Newcastle.
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The Northumberland Cheese Company.

Cheese firm hopes to taste awards glory

Victory could be on the menu for the Northumberland Cheese Company, after being shortlisted for a Great British Cheese Award 2016.

The English language can get us all confused.

'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.

The Isaac Newton apple.

Now’s the time to find your perfect apples

It’s widely believed that apples have been around since Adam was a lad, and they’ve always had a place in my gardens, not for the historic connection, but the sheer joy of growing them and the delicious contribution they make to the home menu.

Members of the class of 1964 returned to the Duke's Middle School in Alnwick.

Old boys return to old stomping ground

Members of the Duke’s School’s class of 1964 returned to Alnwick last weekend to visit their old school.

Do you know your heritage apple varieties?

Do you know your orchard heritage?

Lack of space need not be an issue thanks to dwarfing rootstocks and the ability of apple trees to perform well in containers.

Remember when from 25 years ago, British Heart Foundation coffee morning

Still searching for names

We are still searching for names for this picture published in the Gazette a few weeks ago.

The Red Lion Beer Festival was a success.

Cheers! Toasting a successful beer festival

A popular annual beer festival has helped turn pints into pounds for charity.


MEAL REVIEW: The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay, Newcastle

The Jolly Fisherman pub at Craster revels in one of the most glorious locations known to man.

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Picture by Dr Waters in 1892 of Warkworth

A portrait of the past in village

This picture (top and zoomed in on the bottom) was given to the Gazette for publication by Ann Punton. Ann was given the picture by her mother and father-in-law, who lived in Warkworth and acquired the photograph.

The mine closures had a devastating impact on North East communities.

On this day in 1992, 31,000 miners lost their jobs at the stroke of a pen

It has been exactly 24 years since the British coal mining industry was dealt a heavy blow when the Government announced the closure of 31 out of 50 deep coal mines across the country.

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Remember when from 25 years ago, Alnwick Boxing Club

Remember when...25 years ago

Were you part of Alnwick boxing club in the 1990s? Then you might recognise some of the faces in this picture.

The Highlander in Belsay has been brought to the market by specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.

Couple put traditional pub on the market

A well-known Northumberland pub that dates back to around 1700 has been put up for sale.

Bring in citrus plants for the winter. Picture by Tom Pattinson.

Almost time to bring in frost-prone

Where possible, we propagate from favourite plants well in advance of the winter period, and this saves on storage space.

Dawn Goodwill-Evans, Active Northumberlands tourism  development officer with some of the exhibitors at the Produced in Northumberland event in Morpeth Town Hall. Picture by Jane Coltman

Produced in Northumberland – the cream of the crop

The cream of Northumberland’s culinary crop got together this week to help raise the profile of the county’s food and drink.

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