I was recently invited along to the South Causey Inn to celebrate the launch of Taste Durham Month, a month filled with food events, recipes, restaurants and locally sourced ingredients all playing a big part in attracting people to the region.
Having visited South Causey Inn before I knew that what we had in store would be amazing, this wedding venue and countryside location is totally my dream lifestyle. We arrived for afternoon tea which was made with all things Durham and food sourced from the surrounding area, cheeses from Weardale, jams and chutney from Seaham and so much more.
The drink we were given on arrival was actually made onsite in their own distillery and was a fabulous artisan gin cocktail using rhubarb and juniper berries from the kitchen gardens at South Causey Inn!
We were introduced to the owners of each business and I am going to make it a personal mission to visit each and every one of them, honestly the food was so fresh and you really could tell it was homemade with love too. I think it is really important to support local businesses so I will be doing a little review of each one as we visit.
We were given a look around the venue and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay for the night in the newly renovated room 42. A fabulous little room with seating area, 2 tv’s, large bathroom and super comfy bed (which i hasten to add i had all to myself – bliss!)
You can tell the owners are dog lovers as there are doggy touches all through the Inn and bedrooms, plus I was greeted by their 3 pooches whenever I entered the reception, totally adorable and really friendly!
Nothing was a problem for any of the staff and having forgotten my phone charger I called reception, unfortunately they didn’t have one to hand but the following morning I think one of the staff must have brought one in as it was brought straight to my room – above and beyond as i really didn’t expect it at all.
Taste Durham month is for the whole month of October so I will be creating a lot of recipes myself using local ingredients and visiting some of the fabulous manufacturers and small businesses. Do you have one of these months where you live? I would love to hear more!