The last time I was in Newcastle, I was graduating from University there. That was a looooong time ago.
The whole range is inspired by the family-run company’s South Shields roots, whether that be details taken from their old catalogues (see the image in my snapshots below) or the local landscape, including the Tynemouth ‘beacon’ which appears in the lining of some of their coats.
Members of the Barbour family and their team showed us through the collection, which sticks to a simple naval colour palette of yellow, white and blue – with some splashes of red.
As well as making me feel incredibly nostalgic (and old!), it was a fabulous foodie trip. A private meal at the stunning Jesmond Dene House one evening, followed by an amazing Northumberland ‘sharing’ menu created by local food blogger and chef Anna from The Grazer.
Here are some images of their new collection and my snapshots of a lovely, memory-filled couple of days.
Shipwreck artefacts line the walls and fill the Watchtower building, including these locks below. The teapot was found on the rocks below the Watchtower after a shipwreck last century and is still used this day.
The food, created by Anna Hedworth from The Grazer, was amazing. We feasted on kipper and potato soup to start, followed by a sharing platter including poached lobster, dressed crab, devilled eggs, spring chicken terrine, herby salad, new potatoes and sourdough bread. And for dessert it was a lemon and blood-orange posset. Yum. Loved the attention to detail on the tables too – slices of lemon with flags and paper boats, rocks from the beach and beautiful Spring bulbs in rustic bowls.