Northumberland restaurant offers fine dining from home for the festive season

A Northumberland fine dining destination is taking orders for a special Christmas comfort box of tasty delights.

Having had to close its fully-booked dining room due to the Government’s most recent Covid-19 restrictions, staff at Restaurant Hjem in Wall, near Hexham, have been working on plans to make sure people will be able to enjoy a little piece of Hjem in their own homes.

The sell-out success of the Hjem comfort box during the first lockdown inspired the team, led by head chef Alex Nietosvuori and partner Ally Thompson, to put together a yuletide edition, which brings together their favourite treats from the traditional Northumberland and Scandinavian Christmas tables.

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Everything in the box will have been cured, cooked or baked by Hjem’s award-winning team and packaged up to be enjoyed at home over the Christmas period.

Restaurant Hjem.Restaurant Hjem.
Restaurant Hjem.

Ally said: “We knew when we had to close the restaurant in light of the Covid-19 restrictions, we wanted to do something to allow people to still enjoy a taste of Hjem.

“The comfort boxes we put together in the spring and summer went down so well with people – we consistently sold out and couldn’t make them fast enough, so we were already thinking about putting together something a bit special – and a bit bigger - for Christmas.

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“It’s a great way to continue supporting our wonderful suppliers and showcase the quality produce we’re lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

“Obviously we’re very much hoping that we will be able to welcome guests back into our dining room throughout December, but in the meantime, we hope this gives everyone something extra and lovely to look forward to this Christmas.”

Restaurant Hjem head chef Alex Nietosvuori and restaurant manager Ally Thompson.Restaurant Hjem head chef Alex Nietosvuori and restaurant manager Ally Thompson.
Restaurant Hjem head chef Alex Nietosvuori and restaurant manager Ally Thompson.

The box will contain all of the following:

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Hjem honey roasted ham

Confit duck leg rillette with wild garlic capers

Chicken liver parfait

Hjem's comfort box.Hjem's comfort box.
Hjem's comfort box.
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Northumbrian cheese selection, gingerbread & spiced chutney

Hammond Charcuterie selection

Potato crisps with trout roe & crème fraiche

Pistachio & Pork terrine

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Festive sweet treats from Hjem.Festive sweet treats from Hjem.
Festive sweet treats from Hjem.

Festive Sausage roll

Salmon gravadlax & mustard dressing

Pickled Herring

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Sourdough & North Acomb Farm butter

Creamy rice pudding & preserved berry jam

Spiced canelés

Almond Butterscotch

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Traditional Mince Pies

Coconut Macaroons

The comfort boxes, each priced at £100, will only be available for delivery to NE postcodes.

For more information and to place your order, visit

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