The Village Store & Tea Room
Village Store and Tea Room
The shop welcomes locals and visitors on every day of the year, except Christmas Day. So it is open for papers, milk, bread, and other groceries as well as teas, coffees, delicious food and local crafts 7 days a week at the following times:
Mon 8 -2, Tue 8-5, Wed 8-2, Thu 8-5, Fri 8-5, Sat 10-4, Sun 10-4
Michael is in the shop Tuesday to Saturday. Christina Mingard on Sundays and Monday.
Groceries & Delicatesen
The shop sells bread, pies and cake from the Geordie Bakers, including beer, multi-grain, rosemary sourdough; steak and ale or spinach and feta pies and a really delicious carrot cake.
The deadline for getting your Suma orders in for personal delivery is usually the first Monday in the month. Please let Michael know if there are any Suma products you would like ordered as a personal order, or to stock in the shop. Suma is a supplier of organic and Fair Trade goods as well as a range of bagged and canned goods. It allows community groups to place a bulk order for high quality food and household goods. Michael has a catalogue in the shop, or you can search online and order from Michael.
The store sells various grocery lines, including breads, dairy, cereals and tinned foods. It has a range of fresh fruit and veg as well as wines and beers. The deli stocks delicious local cheeses alongside pies and sliced meat. A number of locally produced products including, Northumberland milk, eggs, breads, award winning marmalade, chutneys and sauces are on the shelves. Added to this a selection of magazines and newspapers and there is enough to serve the needs of customers. As Michael and Dawn fine tune their product list, they really do need your help in reporting back your views. Let Michael know your favourites.
Like most village shops, the Bardon Mill Village Store will not try to sell everything that people need from a supermarket. What it does, is provide some of the staples you might need urgently, without having to travel to the nearest town. But what it can also do is keep in stock, some of the luxuries, or local products that supermarkets cannot be bothered to supply in their attempts to be global brands and all things to all people. Michael and Dawn can only provide what local people or visitors let them know are needed. We must support them, both by requesting items we would like them to stock and in regularly shopping there too. There is always going to be a struggle between cost and convenience, but villagers can show Michael and Dawn that we appreciate the investment they have made in opening a store and tea shop in our community.
The Tea Room
Already a success, the Tea Room with its offerings of coffees, teas and cold drinks, delicious home-baked cakes and a lunchtime menu of toasties, soup and sanwiches, is a welcome meeting place for those who have time to sit and watch village life from the window overlooking the green, or just to take time out from a walk or cycle along the South Tyne Valley. This is one of the many things that makes village life so attractive and is set to become a central part of the community. Come down and enjoy that cappuchino al fresco. All the coffee and tea sold in the tea shop are Fair Trade.
The Tea Room is host to other activities, including the local history group on the second Monday of every month at 2.00pm and a knitting group each Tuesday at 2.00pm. Please come along and get involved as you relax with a drink or a toastie/soup/sandwich for lunch. You could even start your own group, or arrange to meet friends or clients in a very welcoming environment.
Award Winning Store
Michael and Dawn were really pleased to have won the Daily Telegraph Village Shop of The Year for the North East of England 2013. They also reached the national finals in London. What is most pleasing to Michael and Dawn is being nominated by their customers, who valued the shop and cafe as a centre of the community after only ten months in operation. The judges inspection of the shop included a look at the store and cafe on a working day when locals and visitors to the village were making use of the cafe with its hot drinks, cakes and snacks, homemade sandwiches, etc., and the shop with its stock of locally produced foods. Michael and Dawn would like thank everyone for the tremendous support given to them since they reopened the village shop and tea room. They have now published their second newsletter. If you have not received your copy, please ask at the store.