Come to Vallum and enjoy the produce of land once trod by the Roman auxiliaries who lived in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall. We farm dairy cattle and crops while our community of artisan growers, smokers, bakers, chefs and ice cream makers stock our Tea Room, Restaurant and Shop. Our local food is raised and grown by us and our Northumbrian neighbours, and depending on the time of day, you may see our producers at work and chefs from all over the country picking their own and placing their orders at the unique Vallum Kitchen Garden. Our programme of experiences and events is growing a pace, and visitors also enjoy our wildlife walks, the outdoor play paddock, and the fresh produce, deli goods, artisan breads and patisserie at David Kennedy’s shop. Vallum - home of the tastes of Hadrian's Wall country. -Vicky and Peter Moffitt
The produce of Hadrian’s Wall country is served in our Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour and at the David Kennedy Restaurant and Shop. Our ice cream is made from the milk of our Brown Swiss cows, and our vegetables are grown on the Vallum Kitchen Garden. Enjoy homemade bread and patisserie, and take home a treat from the shop.
There are few better things than relaxing with a cuppa and a homemade cheese scone on our south-facing deck overlooking the outdoor play paddock. We have a small indoor pre-school play area with space for parents to relax, and gentle wildlife walks where you can spot a variety of nesting birds guided by our information boards.
Cook with former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy; make ice cream and create your own flavour combinations with Vicky; enjoy wine and cheese tastings with Ginny in the shop; and get your gardening gloves on in the Vallum Kitchen Garden with Ken. Watch our events page (below) for news of all our experiences and events.
Vallum is a growing community of artisan producers who share a passion for traditionally produced food, drink and craft. We treasure the rich history of this magical site, where the Moffitt family has farmed dairy cattle and crops for many years. Now our artisans look forward to sharing the tastes of Vallum country with you.
Enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of Vallum country with a visit to our award-winning Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour and the renowned David Kennedy at Vallum Restaurant and Shop. Our visitors enjoy our regular events and food & drink experiences, wandering our wildlife trails, and meeting our artisans at work in our kitchens, workshops and the Vallum Kitchen Garden.
Tuesday-Saturday noon-2.30pm and 5.30-9.00pm.
Set table d’hote menu available Tues-Thursday 5.30pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday 5.30pm-6.30pm.
Friday and Saturday a la carte menu available 5.30pm-9pm
Theme Nights: Tapas Thursday, Fish Friday, Steak Saturday
Tel 01434 672 406
David Kennedy is one of the UK’s renowned chefs, known for his passion for robust, local produce. A former North East Chef of the Year, the David Kennedy Restaurant and Chef’s Room at Vallum is dedicated to superb produce, the majority sourced from our site and from artisans within Vallum’s own postcode. David is working hand in hand with on-site producers including the Vallum Bakery, Ken Holland at the Vallum Kitchen Garden, and Bernard Lynch of Bywell Smokery. We’re planning food workshops, bakery classes and master classes and the David Kennedy at Vallum function room is now available for hire for private events and weddings.
The Vallum Shop is a destination in its own right. The shop is a haven for visitors, renowned for the unique range of artisan breads, cakes and patisserie which emerge daily from Murray Rhind’s Vallum Bakery. The Shop is also known for local cheese, including our own cheeses from Vallum Little Dairy, for our deli goods, pots, pans, wines and beers, for the pies and the like handmade here in our shop kitchen and for the fish smoked here by Bernard Lynch at the Bywell Smokery in our old tractor sheds. The Shop is light, airy and different every day, thanks to our on-site produce. Come and see us! Ring 01434 672 406 to order or to find out what’s in the shop each day.
Tea Room & Parlour
Open 10am-4.30pm, 7 days a week including Bank Holidays, tel 01434 672 652.
Since we opened the Tea Room in 2005, our home baking has won many Great Taste Awards, our breakfast has been voted best in the county by members of TasteClub, and our Sunday lunch has been voted Extremely Highly Recommended by Your Northumberland. The menus at Vallum Tea Room star our homemade cakes, meat, fish and game from the on-site Bywell Smokery and vegetables grown and hand-picked by Ken and Tracy Holland on the Vallum Kitchen Garden overlooked by our south-facing deck. Our award-winning ice cream is made here on site from the milk of the Vallum Herd; the only Brown Swiss cows in the area. Our ice cream counter holds 16 homemade flavours and our sundaes menu grows every summer. We have a small toddler area with a mini-kitchen to keep the little ones busy while the adults enjoy a bit of peace. Breakfast served 10am-11.15am Mon-Sat • Lunch served noon-3pm • Sunday roast served noon-2.30pm • Afternoon Tea is served all day, every day
New for 2015 : The Pavilion at Vallum
The only venue of its type in the North East of England
The Pavilion at Vallum is absolutely unique; a gorgeous marquee-style venue with glorious country views, a large dance floor and bar, and room for up to 150 guests.
Provided in partnership with Ponteland-based Waltons Marquee Hire, the Pavilion at Vallum is unlike any other wedding venue in Northumberland, offering the relaxed, romantic feel of a marquee wedding with the convenience and cost effectiveness of a permanent venue in breathtaking countryside just eight miles west of Newcastle.
The Pavilion is new to Vallum; the renowned foodie community at the eastern gateway to Hadrian’s Wall.
Home to a group of artisans including the multi-award-winning former North East Chef of the Year David Kennedy, Bernard Lynch of Bywell meat, fish and game smokery, and Ken Holland of Vallum Kitchen Garden – supplier of amazing heritage and micro vegetables, herbs, and leaves to Vallum Restaurant and Tea Room and Michelin-starred chefs nationwide.
The site is also home to the Vallum Little Dairy, where ice cream and cheese is handmade to traditional methods, and Vallum Bakery, home of award-winning artisan breads, pies, and patisserie.
The site has a Tea Room, Shop, and Restaurant and has won many prestigious Great Taste Awards, and your bespoke wedding day menu will be designed by the Vallum team using produce from the site and nearby farms and estates.
The couples who celebrate their wedding day here at Vallum love the fact that the whole Vallum community is involved in making their day truly unique to them. Weddings here are incredibly special, unique, and absolutely personal to you and now you can be among the first to celebrate at the new Pavilion at Vallum. We look forward to planning your wedding with you!
For information and to book a visit to the Pavilion at Vallum please email the Vallum wedding team at email@example.com
Available for hire for private parties and events
The Chefs Room is our new function space, perfect for private events, occasions, intimate weddings, and chef’s table events hosted by our head chef David Kennedy. A unique new space served by our renowned restaurant team and yours for hire day or evening. For more information, tel 01434 672 406
To place an order for Christmas please call the Smokery on 01434 672 770.
Bernard Lynch’s smokery was named in the UK top 5 by The Daily Telegraph recently and his meat, fish and game is smoked traditionally and to perfection. A true artisan producer, Bernard is open on Fridays at Vallum and can also be found at Hexham Farmers’ Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. The new David Kennedy at Vallum shop is now selling a range of Bernard’s produce seven days a week and keen anglers can take advantage of Bernard’s bespoke smoking service. For more information, see www.bywellsmokery.co.uk and tel 01434 672 770
To order a Christmas vegetable box from Vallum Kitchen Garden
please ask at Vallum Shop or Grants Butcher at Vallum
Our garden is renowned nationwide for its heritage and micro varieties. Produce from the plot is used by many of the region’s and the UK’s best-known chefs and is served in our Tea Room and Vallum Restaurant. The Kitchen Garden poly tunnels are thriving despite the winter cold and you can take a peep as the team work their magic if you would like to wander down.
Inspired by the natural texture and movement of flowers, foliage and herbs, Hannah creates arrangements that fit perfectly into the natural landscape of Vallum. A truly talented and creative florist, Hannah guides all her clients personally, and works closely with brides to ensure the flowers reflect the mood and style of the wedding day. Hannah is available for small arrangements and displays as well as larger events.
‘We alway ring Hannah for a Mother’s Day bouquet or for special thank you’. She is so clever, we love her arrangements,’ Emma Saunders, Newcastle
‘We are thrilled to count Hannah among our artisans at Vallum, her eye for colour sets her apart,’ Vicky Moffitt, Vallum
tel 07811 947139
Youngsters love Vallum for its outdoor play paddock with its chunky climbing frames, swings and slide, for the Ice Cream Parlour indoor pre-school play corner for rainy days and – most importantly – for its ice cream! We have 16 different flavours available every day,which means there’s something for everyone. Combine all this with a party table laden with treats and the birthday boy or girl’s best friends, party games and lots of fun, our party goers always go home happily exhausted. To plan your party, please contact us at the Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour, tel 01434 672 652.
Vallum is home to Robert Grant’s butchery and shop. Robert’s meat and 100-plus varieties of sausage are justly renowned up and down the country. You can find Robert at Country Fairs from Edinburgh to Norfolk and his produce is available to mail order on http://www.grantsbutchers.co.uk/about-grants/
Rob sources the vast majority of his produce locally and his shop stocks a wide range of traditional cuts, game and exotic meats. The shop is open seven days a week, Mon to Sat 10am-5.30pm and Sunday 12noon-5pm. To order tel 07856 271964.
Vallum Experiences offer a unique opportunity to spend time with our artisans and learn something of their craft. These courses are bespoke to you, just let us know what you would like to learn and we will tailor your time with us. Our experiences include:
Beer & Pie Tasting at the Vallum Bar Join us at the Restaurant bar (or in our Chef’s Room for over 5 guests) for a saunter through our selection of local beers and award winning home made pies! Northumberland has some wonderful producers such as Allendale Ale & Wylam Brewery, paired with a selection of pies from the Restaurant kitchen this is a great way to spend time feasting with friends. The experience lasts around 1 -1 1/2 hours, costs £30 per head and is for 5-12 people.
Ice Cream Making with Liam Wood in the Cow Barn Parlour The ice cream team at the parlour lab in the Cow Barn share adventures in flavours and the fun of production with you – and you get to take your spoils home! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, we have a range of courses from Wedding Ice Cream making (£135) to hen parties and children’s fun.
Cooking Experiences Half and full days available. Learn how to cook 3 courses with our leading chefs in the restaurant kitchen! As this is your experience you build a menu with our team so you get what you want to gain from the course. Great idea as a gift for that special foodie in your life or as a treat for yourself. Gift vouchers are available for the cooking experiences. Half day £125.00 per person - Full Day £250.00 per person. For more information call 01434 672 406
For details of Vallum Experiences, and to request bespoke experiences, created just for you and your party, contact Vicky Moffitt 07770 756570
Burns Night – Saturday 24th January 2015 - 7pm early booking recommended
January 2014 saw a sold-out Burns Night here at Vallum Restaurant, and cracking food by our very own David Kennedy and a brilliant piper made this night a huge success. We have booked the same piper for 2015 and look forward to another busy evening. Early booking is recommended.
For further information or to book, please call 01434 672 406
Vallum Soccer Saturdays
(3 hours 10:30-1:30)
£25 per session
£70 for 4 of the Sessions
The sessions are run by Ryan McCabe who is a FA qualified coach;
FA LEVEL 1&2
FA Youth Modules 1&2
First Aid Qualification
Ryan has also been Enhanced CRB checked and holds a Safeguarding Certificate.
Contact Ryan tel 07939 226 324 or 07968 818 666
Here it is - the latest news of farm goings-on, experiences, pop ups and special events courtesy of Rose the cow (she of the milk, that makes the cream, that makes the ice cream), and Vicky Moffitt – foodie, farmer’s wife, cook and ice cream maker. All human, bovine, and farm life is here...
Now’s the time to visit Vallum to enjoy the festive menus at our Restaurant and Tea Room and foodie treats and gifts at our Shop. Here are our festive opening hours:
Restaurant: Dec 24 open noon-2.30pm • Closed Mondays and Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1 • Dec 31 open noon-6pm
Tea Room: Closed Dec 24, 25, 26, and Jan 1-7
Shop: Open Christmas Eve until 3pm • Closed Dec 25, 26, Jan 1 and 2
Burns Night, 7pm Saturday January 24, 2015
January 2014 saw a sold-out Burns Night here at Vallum Restaurant with cracking food by our very own David Kennedy and a brilliant piper. We have booked the same piper for 2015 and look forward to another busy evening of haggis and neeps the likes you’ve never tasted. Early booking is very strongly recommended!
For further information or to book, please call 01434 672 406
The Chefs Room is our new function space, perfect for private events, occasions, intimate weddings, and chef’s table events hosted by our head chef David Kennedy. A unique new space served by our renowned restaurant team and yours for hire day or evening. The Chef’s Room is perfect for an intimate wedding, a special birthday or anniversary gathering, and for corporate gatherings and private dining with a difference. Head chef David Kennedy is on hand to cook and present your food personally, making the Chef’s Room experience extra special.
For more information, contact the Vallum Restaurant and Chef’s Room 01434 672 406
Eat, drink and be merry…the new Christmas menu at Vallum Restaurant is now being served, starring produce from our own Vallum Kitchen Garden, Vallum Bakery and Vallum Little Dairy, and the on-site Bywell Smokery. Our venison is reared along the road at Matfen and butchered here by our head chef David Kennedy, and our meat and game all comes from local farms. Enjoy our new festive menus until December 30 (excluding Dec 25 and 26). A la carte menu served 5.30pm-9pm Tues-Sat • Set lunch menu served noon-2.30pm Tues-Sat • Sunday lunch served noon-4pm • To book, tel 01434 672 406
Restaurant Christmas opening hours: 24th December noon-2.30pm • Closed Mondays and 25th, 26th December and 1st January • 31st December open noon-6pm.
Our Christmas Market was a big success with more than 2,000 visitors enjoying gift and food stalls, music from Prudhoe community choir, children’s fun activities courtesy of Mowden Hall School, and of course Santa himself. We enjoyed street food by Vallum Restaurant’s own David Kennedy, smoked produce from Bernard Lynch at Bywell Smokery, the amazing breads and patisserie of Murray Rhind at Vallum Bakery, and stalls including Vintage at the Tower from Corbridge, Fallowfield alpacas, Allendale Brewery, and lots more. A very merry time was had by all!
Address // Military Road, East Wallhouses,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE18 0LL
Shop 01434 672 406, open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm Sun
Tea Room & Parlour 01434 672 652, open 10am-4.30pm 7 days a week
Restaurant 01434 672 406, open 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-9pm Tues-Sat; and 12pm-4pm Sunday