Christmas gifts – Cheers North East


Published on December 10th, 2013 | by Alastair Gilmour


Christmas gifts

Spirit of 1Northumberland Ltd incorporating Alnwick Rum Company and Alnwick Brewery Company

We have had a very busy but fantastic 2013, adding many new products to our range. At the end of 2012 the only products we had in shops and available online were Alnwick Rum in 70cl bottles and Alnwick IPA in bottles. We are very pleased to say that we now have a much more extensive range to choose from, including a lot of things that make ideal gift ideas for Christmas. We have three new bottled beers – Brown Ale, Gold and Stout, all of which have attracted highly positive reviews from knowledgeable beer-loving bloggers. In addition, our beers are now available in unique, attractive gift packs containing one of each of our four beers. Early in November, we also launched our brand new liqueur, Percy Warmer. This is a particularly delightful blend of Alnwick Rums and Lindisfarne Ginger wine, and a uniquely Northumberland tincture. It is an ideal Christmas gift, and perfect at this time of year as a warming nip on a cold day. Add to that our new luxury chocolates, made with an Alnwick Rum ganache, and Christmas really is sorted. Our range is available in many specialist off licenses, including Fenwick in Newcastle and Bin21 in Morpeth and  online at

2Al’s Musique Boutique in association with Demon Barber Gentlemen prefer blades presents….

A simple shaving kit with everything you need to get started, ideal for curious beginners who want to experience proper shaving the traditional way and for the wet shave enthusiast on the move. The kit contains: Safety razor, wooden shaving brush, spare blades, enamel shaving mug, alum matchsticks, shaving soap, face towel, and velvet carry-pouch. All of this for only £25! Available exclusively at Demon Barber & Al’s Musique Boutique. We also stock a large range of other quality wet shaving products. Demon Barber, tel 0191 261 1447

3Corbridge Wines and Spirits 

Corbridge Wines and Spirits is a neat, welcoming, little shop in the town’s busy Market Place. We carry special offers all year round on all our wines, spirits, beers and champagnes. We have local ale gift packs available for £7.99 and we also have Christmas gift packs – two selected bottles of wine of your choice from £12.99 (all packs can be made to order). Open every day from 10am-9pm, Free wine tasting event on December 9, 6pm-8pm, tel 01434 632 360

4Tyne Bank Brewery

Tyne Bank produces a fantastic range of core ales alongside a monthly special and December and January are no exception. Black Cascade IPA (5.2% abv) has been brewed with Christmas in mind with the addition of festive spices and a pine needle tea. January sees the introduction of a new seasonal dark ale and Sorachi Ace special pale ale. Tyne Bank ales can be found in the best Newcastle real ale pubs as well as from the brewery’s shop. tel 0191 265 2828

5Mordue Brewery

The best real ale to drink at home this Christmas. Bottle packs available including our special Christmas Gift Pack – an ideal present this festive season. Three bottles in box £7.50. Two bottles and glass £7.50. Christmas Gift Pack £8.00. Opening times 9am-4pm, Monday Friday, 10.30am-2pm Saturday during December. tel 0191 296 1879



Choose from our range of Christmas offers to fit all stockings. Christmas gift packs and bespoke hampers tailored to your taste – including a range of bottled local ales, gift glasses, local produce and wines, tarting from £10. To build your pack, visit us at Coppers, 17A Princess Road, Newcastle, NE3 5TT. For more information or to pre-order for collection, tel 0191 217 0043


7Canal Cruising

Weekly or short breaks available in Staffordshire. Vb graded 2-8 berth quality narrowboats for hire. Choice of excellent routes including Four Countries Ring, Cauldon, Cheshire Ring. Beginners and experienced crews welcome. Ring for a brochure or visit £50 discount when you book online. Camra members receive 10% saving off full priced holidays. tel 01785 813 982

8The National Brewery Centre – Burton upon Trent

Incorporating large elements of the original Bass Museum. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. Our experienced guides take visitors through each step of the brewing process and explain the fascinating roles that steam engines, vintage vehicles and Shire horses played. tel 01283 532 880.




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