This Little Farmer brings local produce to life in cakes

The Lindisfarne Ltd team.
The Lindisfarne Ltd team.

Visitors to Holy Island this weekend will be the first to sample cakes made to exclusive recipes that use some of the region’s iconic drinks, including Lindisfarne Mead and Alnwick Rum.

An open day on Saturday at St Aidan’s Winery, the home of Lindisfarne Mead, will launch the arrival of the cakes and the well-known Northumberland Tea that will now be stocked in the Winery Shop.

The cakes have been developed especially for Lindisfarne Ltd by This Little Farmer, the Alnwick company set up by Trish Charlton that has a growing reputation for using local produce and family recipes.

The new recipes are for a gingerbread using Lindisfarne Ginger Wine; a marmalade orange flapjack incorporating the Orange Liqueur; Lindisfarne Tiffin, made with the St Aidan’s Cream Liqueur and a chocolate rum brownie that includes Alnwick Rum.

Trish said: “This all started when Lindisfarne suggested I create a fruit cake using their Mead and it proved so popular that it has been flying off the shelves even outside the main tourist season.

“I was delighted when I was asked to develop more recipes using iconic Lindisfarne and Alnwick brands. Northumberland produces a whole range of wonderful food and drinks and it is great to work with them and see them being promoted to visitors from all over the world. We will have samples of everything for people to try on Saturday and I am looking forward to talking to the visitors.”

Ian Robinson, a director of Lindisfarne Ltd, said: “This Open Day is part of our plan to develop the shop further and promote the wonderful produce being made in the region to our many visitors.

“Launching these exclusive cakes from This Little Farmer and the wonderful Northumberland Tea is a great start, especially as it is national Afternoon Tea Week.”