Buying locally produced food and drink can be difficult, and most people don’t have time to find and contact different local producers. Discovering Durham CIC, a shop in the very centre of Durham City which focuses on food and drink produced in County Durham and the immediate surroundings, aims to make it easier for people to buy a range of local produce. Established with funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the shop was taken on by a new Community Interest Company set up by local food business owners Matthew Booth and Liza Johnson.
The shop stocks a wide range of food and drink including Durham Butter, Weardale Cheeses, South Durham Honey, teas from the Tea Enthusiast in Dipton and real ales and a great range of craft beer from local breweries including Durham Brewery and George Samuel Brewery in Shildon.
During the Covid-19 pandemic the physical shop was closed for much of the year, but they continued to sell online via their webshop at www.discoveringdurhamcic.com
This brilliant idea is now spreading and with the support from South Durham Enterprise Agency funding has been found to create a similar outlet in Bishop Auckland. Watch this space for further details on when the new shop is likely to open.