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 2014, 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! If you would like to book an ice cream experience please email email@example.com
David Kennedy Cooking Experiences
Half and full days available.
Learn how to cook 3 courses with David Kennedy in his restaurant kitchen! As this is your experience you get to decide what you would like to cook and what you want to gain from the course.
This really is a customised experience and you call the shots. 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
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. The introduction of the Communal Dining Table has caused a buzz with visitors, you can enjoy a morning coffee with Murray’s patisserie or a light lunch straight from the kitchen.
The shop is a haven for visitors, renowned for the unique range of artisan breads, cakes and patisserie which emerges daily from Murray Rhind’s Cow Barn 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, 01434 672 652.
We are open as normal during Bank Holidays / Easter.
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 Tea 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
Monday-Saturday 12-2.30 then 5.30-9.00pm. Sunday 12-4pm
Lunch menu available Monday-Saturday 12 noon – 2.30pm
Set Table d’hote menu available Monday – Thursday 5.30pm – 9.00pm & Friday – Saturday 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
Friday & Saturday a la Carte menu available 5.30pm -9.00pm
Theme Nights: Tapas Thursday, Fish Friday, Steak Saturday
David Kennedy at Vallum shop open 7 days a week Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-5pm
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, 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 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.
David Kennedy at Vallum shop open 7 days a week Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11noon-4pm
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
We work with Walton’s Marquees to create a unique event for your wedding day. There are various options for on site catering ranging from a hog roast by Grants Butchers and a salad bar to a waitressed sit down menu by David Kennedy.
If you would like more information please email Vicky Moffitt on 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 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.
**Events for 2014**
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Vallum Summer Charity Fete Sunday 10th August 11-4pm
A Fun Day For All The Family!
A mix of food and craft stalls including:
● Hog Roast by Grants Butchers
● Brazilian Street Food by David Kennedy
● Produce from Vallum Bakery & Little Dairy
● Sushi by Tokyo Kitchen
Lots of fun activities including:
Inflatable Mega Slide ● Welly Wanging
● Vintage Tractor Rides ● Wooden Stocks ● Face Painting
●Newcastle Speedway Stand –photo opportunities with the bikes plus competitions.
●Fun run and antics from our very own vallum bunny!
●Silent Auction ● Raffle ●Tombola
Ladies Lunch with David Kennedy 10.30am for 11.00am
Tuesday 29th July Theme ‘ Summer Canapés and Entertaining’
Tuesday 26th August Theme ‘Foraged Goods’
Enjoy a cookery demonstration followed by a 3 course lunch and a glass of fizz.
£29.50 per person
To book please call 01434 672 406
Vallum Artisan Market
3rd Saturday of every month
A small group of local artisan food and craft stalls make our long gallery their home for the day. Come down and have a browse.
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...
Vallum Summer Fete, Sunday 10th August 11am–4pm, in aid of Macmillan and Hexham Priory School:
Food and craft stalls
Hog roast by Grants Butchers
Brazilian street food by David Kennedy
Inflatable mega slide, Vintage tractor rides, Welly wanging
Wooden stocks, Face painting, Newcastle Speedway stand
Fun run and antics from the Vallum bunny
Silent auction, Raffle, Tombola
Stalls: The Chocolate Smiths, Rustic Roots Woodcraft, JR Jams, Button Leaf, Neal’s Yard, Handmade No.1, Seesaw Children’s Clothing, Northumberland Honey, Speciality Coffee Company, Northumberland Tea Company, Phoenix Cards, Mizzle Green, NoMuu, Barry Dobson Garden Furniture, Sushi by Tokyo Kitchen, Vallum Bakery and the Little Dairy
Because this event is for charity, we are looking for volunteers on the day – please email email@example.com In return for your kindness we will feed and water you
Best Wishes, Team Vallum x
Vallum is growing, and we’re currently looking for highly motivated candidates for the following positions:
1. Tea Room: Supervisor / Duty Manager, 5 days from 7 including weekends. Salary dependent on experience: To work in the Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour overseeing a team of 1-5 staff. Practical: You should have experience in front of house service and cash handling. Barista skills are a benefit but full training will be given. Administrative: You will need a working knowledge of Word and Excel and further training can be given on site. Qualifications: Basic Food Hygiene Certificate / training can be organised. You: You will enjoy working as part of a team and enjoy serving and talking with customers. You will be able to work at speed during busy times and have the initiative to use quiet times to the team’s advantage. You will be happy to undergo further training on administrative/management skills. Please send your CV to Amy Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org
2. APPRENTICESHIP Tea Room: Kitchen Assistant / Trainee Cook, 5 days from 7 including weekends: To work in the kitchen helping prepare salads, soups, lunches and assisting the chef in all cleaning duties associated with running a kitchen. Practical: You will be interested in food, where it comes from and how to prepare, cook and serve it. Administrative: Basic temperature checks/fridge cleaning rota. Qualifications: English and Maths. You: A positive, helpful attitude, good listening and a sincere interest in food will help the applicant enjoy this role. Please contact Nick Smith at Brenikov Training, email@example.com or call 07789 506 884 FREE
3. APPRENTICESHIP Vallum Bakery, Trainee Baker, 5 days from seven, Monday-Saturday: To assist the Master Baker with the preparation of sweets with a view to learning the artisan breads. Practical: The working hours are 4am-12pm. Administrative: Basic temperature/cleaning records. Qualifications: English and Maths. You: To become a baker is a vocational job, you need to have a deep passion for this role. Night work and long hours are part of the method of making fresh bread ready to sell in the morning. For those who find their vocation in baking it is a highly rewarding job with excellent prospects. Please contact Nick Smith at Brenikov Training on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07789 506 884 FREE
Please note that you will need your own transport. Vallum is on the B6318 / Military Road 5 miles from Corbridge / Matfen and around 12 miles from Newcastle.
We have some lovely walks here at Vallum and there’s lots of wildlife to see at this time of year. We leave conservation strips around the edge of our fields to encourage wildlife. The Small Tortoiseshell (pictured) has decreased by 77% since the 1970s, but we have lots of these caterpillars on nettles at Vallum. If they make it to butterflies then it will be really lovely to see. We think there are also lots of Peacock butterfly caterpillars and also Painted Ladies on the thistles, though it’s a bit early to be sure. If you’re into wildlife or you just fancy a peaceful walk with nature come and see us, and re-fuel in the Restaurant or Tea Room afterwards. Looking forward to seeing you!
Wow! what a busy May we’ve had. Our first wedding of the year was a great success and we have received amazing feedback from the bride and groom. It was a gorgeous hot day, perfect for a country wedding, and our congratulations to Jane and Michael. Everyone on the site pulls together for big events and it’s great to feel the buzz of team work. A great effort by everyone involved!
The next weekend, we were at Northumberland County Show with the Vallum tea tent. The weather held off on the day and the tent provided a haven from the mud, hustle and bustle. We went through 95 litres of ice cream plus countless cream scones, cakes, fresh sandwiches and oodles of tea and coffee. David Kennedy, Vallum Bakery and Grants Butchers were also out in force in the Journal Taste Tent and had a great day, virtually selling out. A big thank you to everyone who sought us out and enjoyed our produce on the day. Team Vallum x
Vallum is out in force at Northumberland County Show on Bank Holiday May 26. The Vallum Tea Room and Ice Cream Parlour team will be operating the County Show Tea Tent on show day, while fellow Vallum artisans David Kennedy, Grant’s Butchery, Vallum Ice Cream Parlour, and the Vallum Bakery will all have stalls in The Journal Taste Tent. We’ll also be handing out some special Vallum Tea Room vouchers on the day. And remember – the Vallum site will be open as usual on the day. Looking forward to seeing you!
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