Connecting to past at dairy’s new venture

Wooler Milk Bar
Wooler Milk Bar

The new owners of a popular and long-standing café in Wooler are calling on locals to share their memories and photos from days gone by.

Ice-cream and cheese producers, Doddington Dairy, has announced the purchase of the Milk Bar in Wooler, which has been a popular village hangout, acting as a meeting place for locals, for around 50 years.

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy

Jackie Maxwell of Doddington Dairy

The new owners of the Milk Bar, Neill and Jackie Maxwell, are planning a wall about the history of the Milk Bar and are appealing to residents for their help in sourcing memories and photographs of the café in times gone by.

Doddington Dairy at the Milk Bar will be opening its doors to the public towards the end of this month, offering customers a menu which will included the dairy’s own cheeses and ice creams.

A highlight of the reopened Milk Bar will be a range of milkshakes, which Neill and Jackie are currently taste-testing.

Jackie said: “We are excited to announce that Doddington Dairy at the Milk Bar will be opening in late May. As well as suggestions on what the public would like to see at the Milk Bar, we are extremely keen to find out the history behind it, so if anyone has any stories, we’d love to hear them.”

Anyone wishing to submit stories and images can contact Jackie on 01668 283010 or
Doddington Dairy started producing cheese 21 years ago and ice cream 16 years ago.

They make a portfolio of unpasteurised artisan cheeses as well as the recently-launched Darling Blue Cheese.

The ice creams are 100 per cent natural and they use, where possible, locally grown ingredients to incorporate into their innovative range.

The family is passionate about local provenance and uses only natural ingredients; both the cheeses and ice creams are still today made from their own milk and, where possible, they support and work with local producers and brands synonymous with the region, such as Chainbridge honey, Alnwick Rum, Newcastle Brown Ale and their own apples and rhubarb.

In 2005, the Milk Bar reopened after being closed for around three years. The building had a makeover, but the tradition of selling milkshakes remained.

Last year, we reported on a new owner, with local produce key to the offer, but it has now changed hands again.