Café’s got a lotta bottle

Chef and proprietor of The newly opened Pepper Pot in Morpeth who offers customers the chance to bring their own wine with no corkage charges.
Chef and proprietor of The newly opened Pepper Pot in Morpeth who offers customers the chance to bring their own wine with no corkage charges.

A MORPETH café has shown some bottle in trying to attract customers.

But owner Brian Scott is confident that the quality of his food at PepperPot in Oldgate will make the ‘bring your own wine’ offer worthwhile.

And he is trying to keep it local by using as many ingredients as he can from the county he loves, which influenced his decision to move further north.

Mr Scott has worked in the food trade for 20 years, in the UK and abroad, and it was when he was Down Under that he saw the concept of bringing alcohol to a café.

“The bring your own signs for drinks were everywhere in Australia and from what I saw and was told, it works fantastically well,” he said.

“I don’t compromise on quality and it would go against my philosophy to charge the wine at too low a price to go with the food on the table, so the ‘bring your own wine’ enables people to get a decent bottle from a supermarket or wine shop for a reasonable price and then save money when having a meal at PepperPot.

“A number of our customers have taken up the offer and said it’s a brilliant idea.

“Another advantage is that they don’t have to drink all of the bottle, they can take it home to finish.”

The chef, who grew up in the North East, gets ingredients from Northumberland where possible, including The Cheese Shop across the road in Oldgate.

Mr Scott said: “It has been very good so far, with excellent feedback from customers.

“After 18 years of having a nomadic lifestyle, I wanted to come back to the region and it’s great to be in Northumberland. I love its beautiful coast and countryside.

“The last order time is 7pm, but people can stay later to have their meal. Local organisations and groups such as book clubs can use the cafe for private hire in the evenings where I can do a buffet for them.

“Small Christening groups are also welcome on Sundays if they book in advance.”

And children can get hands-on at the PepperPot by making their own pizza.