New bread shop in Newport – The Cook Shop Deli
The Cook Shop now do artisan breads, ice creams, quiches, gluten free products, unusual teas, oils and a wide range of deli products.
Hannah ( pictured )and Sue know all about their products and are ready to help with any queries. We have tried our local Mr Moyden’s Wrekin Blue and individual quiches such as leek quiche, which were beautiful. Interestingly they had a thin layer of tomato on the base, which is unusual and I’m sure enhances the taste.
The bread section is currently on sale on Fridays and Saturdays and comes from an artisan Shropshire baker. Here I am buying a baguette and Sue packing it up for me.
We have tried their olive bread, chilli & coriander bread, granary and ‘Shropshire brown’ – an unusual very brown almost chocolate coloured brown bread. Everything is lovely, I have ordered the wholemeal for visitors next weekend. Although we have another more standard baker in Newport – ‘Jaspers’ – who bake their own bread from scratch, I shall be torn between choosing between them. I shall have to have some bread from one and some from the other. The Continental style breads from the Cook Shop’ will obviously suit my continental breakfasters.
Fruit in the garden
Has just been looking round the garden for what’s ready and what’s not, for my B & B visitors Black currants are almost ready
Raspberries – because I cut down my sticks in a certain way – I have early fruiting berries and autumn fruiting from the same stock. Some thing I devised myself , which I am quite proud of. Here you see the currently fruiting plants at the back, and the autumn fruiting just with their leaves in the front. They wont be ready for fruit for another month or two.
Artichokes are just coming into flower. We don’t tend to eat them because they are so fiddly, but we do love seeing the bees visit them
My peaches have a good way to go before ripening, but notice how the peach leaf curl has pretty much gone. This is due to covering the tree up before the leaves came out (see my March and April blogs). Mind you it’s a good job that it’s not a large tree!
Food festivals in Shropshire
We are blessed with great food – cooks, restaurants and markets in Shropshire. The chief food festival, which is an hour from here, takes place in Ludlow. This festival takes is on 8th – 10th September. Unfortunately the ale and sausage trail is for meat-eaters only. It is lovely to walk around the town anyway and sample some of the delis.
Then we have closer to home Telford’s Telfood Feastival on 2nd — 3rd September at Southwater / town park. Not keen on the bug eating bit, but, with the town park
next door, should be a fun-filled event for families in particular.
Then we have our own festival on September 23rd with demonstrations, beer and food stalls including our very own Newport success “Thank Goodness” nut roasts
Lets hope for a lovely day as it was last year. We dawdled down the High Street, which was closed for the day and sampled cuisine from Shropshire to Africa. We bought items that then became Christmas presents. We have our own microbrewery called New Brew in Newport and they had a stall as did Joules brewery of Market Drayton. Lots to eat and drink!
Whatever the weather, we have lots to interest our visitors in Newport.
Have a lovely summer