Now that it is (nearly) Spring

When we re-opened on March 7th, after a break since Christmas, it didn’t feel much like spring; however, the days are getting longer and the weather will surely become warmer and drier soon.  We have daffodils, aubretia, lavender and flowering shrubs planted in pots outside the shop here to cheer things up and they will Read more

Sweet Things

We are pleased to be stocking a range of fantastic handmade chocolate from Belfast-based company NI CHO. They produce chocolate with differing proportions of cocoa content with cocoa beans from all over the world – we have 37% bars (milk chocolate) made from Indonesian beans; 48% bars from Costa Rica; 82% from Peru up to Read more

Sourdough September

So what is Sourdough September?? This extract from the website of the Real Bread Campaign explains it all: ‘Since 2013, the ninth month of the year has when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough! The aims of #SourdoughSeptember are to: Share the delicious delights of genuine sourdough Read more

Locally Produced Speciality Foods

Here at Blackthorn and Willow we keep a wide range of interesting foods, all of which have been produced within the nine counties of Ulster.  We started out initially with the long-shelf-life foods such as jams and marmalades (‘Rose Cottage’ in Ballycarry, Co. Antrim); herb infused rape seed oils (Broighter Gold from near Limavady, Co. Read more