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.
New for 2013, Vallum Experiences offer a unique opportunity to spend time with our artisans and learn something of their craft. Our experiences include:
Wine and Cheese Matching with Ginny McKidd at the Vallum Shop
Ginny is well-known for her taste for local cheese matched with great world wines. Join her for her informal evening tastings and enjoy some unusual flavour combinations.
Ice Cream Making with Vicky Moffitt in the Cow Barn Parlour
Vicky and 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! We have two special Christmas cake ice cream workshops in November.Vallum Christmas Ice Cream Cake Experiences, November 28, 2013, £20, 10-12pm, collect your cake at a later date when it has frozen down.
Food with David Kennedy (including picking on the Vallum Kitchen Garden, and cooking in the Vallum Kitchen)
Former North East Chef of the Year David takes you on a cook’s tour of the Vallum Kitchen Garden before a culinary class in turning superb produce into equally amazing dishes. Includes lunch.
GROW! With Ken Holland at Vallum Kitchen Garden
Join Ken Holland – supplier of heritage and micro-veg and baby leaves to leading chefs nationwide – in his Vallum Kitchen Garden to find out about growing, forcing and baby leaf production. This seasonal course runs year round and included poly tunnel techniques, variety advice and more.
For details of Vallum Experiences, and to request bespoke experiences, created just for you and your party, contact Vicky Moffitt 07770 756570
The David Kennedy at Vallum Shop is a destination in its own right, for the unique range of artisan breads, cakes and patisserie which emerges daily from Murray Rhind’s Vallum Bakery; for the local cheese, deli goods, pots, pans, wines and beers selected by shop manager Ginny McKidd – a woman with a talent for seeking out the unique, the unusual and the downright fabulous; for the pies and the like handmade by David Kennedy; 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 Ginny’s specialist sourcing powers and whatever happens to be taking Murray and David’s fancy. Ginny will launch her Cheese and Wine Matching Experience in June 2013 – meanwhile, please say hello to her in the shop, and tell her if there’s anything you fancy finding there.
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.
Tea Room & Parlour
The Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour are open 10am-4.30pm, 7 days a week.
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 heritage vegetables grown and hand-picked by Ken and Tracy Holland on the Vallum Kitchen Garden you can see from the Tea Room windows and south-facing deck. Our award-winning ice cream served in the Ice Cream Parlour is truly local, 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. A favourite is the Chocolate Brownie Sandwich with chocolate sauce, and our traditional Knickerbockerglory and Banana Split have customers returning from far afield. The Ice Cream Parlour houses a small toddler area with a mini-kitchen and pots and pans to keep the little ones busy while the adults enjoy a bit of peace.
Breakfasts are a speciality and are served 10am-11.15am Mon-Sat. Lunch is served noon-3pm, and Sunday roast is served noon-2.30pm. Our popular afternoon teas is served all day, every day, because our customers can’t get enough of it!
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
Open Monday-Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Theme nights run alongside a la carte: Tuesday : tapas Wednesday : vegetarian Thursday : steak night Friday : kick back with 20% off wine
The lunch menu is available alongside the a la carte menu between 5.30 and 6.30 in the evenings.
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, Function Room and Shop at Vallum is dedicated to superb produce, the majority sourced from our site and from artisans within Vallum’s own postcode. David is rearing his own cattle and pigs to stock the shop and his kitchen, while his artisan baker, Murry Rhind, is here from the early hours every day stocking the shop and restaurant with his amazing breads and patisserie. David is working hand in hand with on-site producers including 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.
David Kennedy at Vallum shop open 7 days a week Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-5pm
tel 01434 672 406
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 David Kennedy at Vallum Restaurant. The Kitchen Garden poly tunnels are thriving despite the winter cold, 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
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After the success of our first marquee wedding for 220 happy guests, we got a taste for weddings here at Vallum, and it seems the region’s brides and grooms have, too. We hosted a popular wedding fayre in February, and couples keen to put together a memorable country wedding are now booking here for 2014. David Kennedy and his amazing team can cater for small weddings in their function room to large marquee weddings in our south-facing barn. We have a wonderful florist on site, a vegetable grower, a smokery and an ice cream laboratory, plus you can have a hand in creating your own bespoke menu. As David always says, Vallum’s wedding menus, at the outset, are simple – ie, a blank sheet of paper. There are no rules and no limits apart from the imagination. Your first point of contact for weddings at Vallum is the David Kennedy team. Please email Steve Cairns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vallum is home to Robert Grant’s butchery and shop. Robert’s meat and 100-plus varieties of sausage are justly renowned, and he is now taking Christmas orders for fresh local birds, turkey, geese, duck, capons and homemade trimmings.
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.
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Ice Cream Cake Workshop
The workshop will run 10am-12pm. You many need to pop into the Tea Room / Restaurant for lunch while your creation freezes down .. or come back and collect it another day! £20 per person.
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Turkish Menu : Turkish Carpets
In honour of our good friend Umit visiting with his beautiful rugs, David Kennedy is adding Turkish specials to his menu this Saturday. Umit will be in David’s function room between 12 and 5pm. He will showcase his rugs and tell the fascinating stories behind them.
Thursday 5th December, 7pm
Scandinavian Christmas Menu
Join Vicky Moffitt of Vallum and Helen Stanton of Forum Books for a 3 course Scandinavian feast in the Tea Room. (see ‘news’ for the menu).
Helen will bring a selection of Scandinavian literature and cookery books for you to browse on the night and the menu is inspired by one of Helen’s best selling books ‘A Scandinavian Christmas’ by Trine Hahnemann.
Tickets £12 from Vallum Tea Room or Forum Books, Corbridge.
Join David Kennedy in the restaurant at for a 1 hour cookery demonstration followed by a 3 course lunch with a glass of fizz.
Tickets are £29.50, 10am start, call 01434 672 406 to book.
Tuesday 17th December
Join Heddon on the Wall choir in the tea room and feel free to break into song!
Tickets are £5 and include tea, coffee, our home made Christmas cake and mince pies!
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...
What an amazing range of festive foodie treats there is in the David Kennedy Shop.
We love this time of year, Murray baking festive goodies and filling the shop with nostalgic smells of cinnamon, salted caramel, mince pies.. we could go on!
There really is something for everyone here and it is definitely the place to come if you are looking for a foodie gift for that special person. Come along and have a browse! You can even stay for a coffee and a light lunch at our new communal table in the shop!
There are Christmas Puddings and Christmas Cakes in the shop available to order. These really are special!
Or what about the Nut Tart with Salted Caramel.. (Ooh so that’s what we can smell!)
Whether it is for a gift or just to treat yourself there is plenty to see and eat! We hope you pop in to see us soon and from everyone here at the David Kennedy Shop, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Food Filled New Year!
Heddon on the Wall village Choir are visiting Vallum Tea Room on Tuesday 17th December between 2.30 and 3.30pm.
We love a good round of Christmas Carols and cant remember the last time we listened to a real choir. Heddon Choir have an excellent reputation and we are very lucky that they have time to visit us.
Everyone is welcome to join us in the Tea Room. There will be mulled wine, tea or coffee and beautiful mince pies and Christmas cake.
This is a ticketed event as we only have 40 seats in our tea room and there are quite a few singers coming too! Tickets are available from the tea room for £5, or call 01434 672 652 and pay over the phone then collect your tickets on the day.
Thank you to Katie Gibson who’s idea this was and to the Choir who are giving up their time to join us. We will make a donation from the ticket sales for the choir’s charity of choice.
Well.. hasn’t the weather turned rather a bit chilly…?
Even in the cold, our tea room is lovely and cosy. It is just so nice to look out at the view on those cold days, knowing you are sitting toasty warm with fresh hot food on order, drinking your mug of tea or coffee, pondering what to do for the rest of the day. Here at Vallum HQ we are pondering ideas to get you lovely folks all warmed up - so here’s what’s happening:
Vallum Winter Warmers will be on offer Monday to Friday, 2 courses for £7.95. Specials include Chicken and Chorizo, Sausage Casseroles, Shepherd’s pie, lovely soups and much more! (except 1st-23rd December)
Christmas Menu every Sunday leading up to Christmas in December enjoy Roast Turkey from Grant’s Butchers, our special pork and chestnut stuffing, bread sauce and of course pigs wrapped in blankets! Roast Beef also available. Mid week in the run up to Christmas, the Winter Warmer is replaced by creamy Turkey and Ham pie with a chestnut stuffing puff pastry lid served with roasties and sprouts. Polish lunch off with our baker Gill’s Christmas pudding or our Christmas ice creams.
Lazy Sunday - We now do breakfasts on a Sunday as well as through the week. Sunday hours are 10.00am – 11.00am, no cooking on your part all you need to do is get up, get dressed and get up here! It is your right to kick back on a Sunday, we cook so you don’t have to!
David Kennedy at Vallum
Christmas Baking Order Form
To order Murray’s fabulous baking for a date closer to Christmas please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the following order form. Orders to collect on Christmas Eve must be placed by Wednesday 18th December. The shop will be open to collect orders 10am-2pm Christmas Eve then closed until Friday 27th December. Orders for baking, wine and cheese boards can also be placed for New Year’s Eve, to be collected 10am-1pm.
|Christmas puddings – individual||
|Christmas puddings – large||
|(n) Pan Forte Siena||
|(n) Pan Forte Scuro||
|Marsala Mince Pies||
|(n) Nut Mince Pies||
|(n)Ricotta & Mincemeat Slice||
|(n) Engadine Walnut Pie||
|(n) Nut tart with salt caramel||
|(n)Pear & cranberry tart||
|(n)Stollen with marzipan||
|(n)Chocolate Trees with dried fruits & nuts||
|White Chocolate pudding with orange liqueur||
|(n)Chocolate & cranberry salami with pistachio||
|Speculoos biscuits – tree decorations||
|Raspberry pâte de fruits||
|Anise pâte de fruits||
|Spiced plum pâte de fruits||
|Chocolate truffles in champagne flute||
|Grittibanz – Santa Claus lemon bread||
|*all baking could contain traces of nuts||
Additional orders (e.g. bread, quiches, pies, chutneys, cheeses from our range in the shop):
Please note a 20% deposit will be required when you place your order
Award-winning chef/restaurateur David Kennedy hosts one of his popular ladies’ lunch events on December 10th, featuring a welcome coffee, a cookery demonstration from David and a glass of fizz, a three-course meal and a glass of wine for just £29.50 per person.
David will focus his demonstration and the menu for the day on produce from Vallum Kitchen Garden, which you can see from the windows of his restaurant at Vallum. This promises to be a lovely pre-Christmas event; an opportunity to relax in good company and be inspired by David’s commitment to great local food, cooked simply and well.
Ladies’ Lunch, David Kennedy at Vallum Restaurant, Tuesday December 10th, from 10.30am. To book, tel 01434 672 406
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 Mon-Sat; and 12pm-5pm Sunday