5 Teesside Grazing Box Businesses You Need To Check Out

17 Nov 2020

Hungry & Humble Halloween

I'll be honest, grazing boxes weren't really a thing on my radar until 2020 rolled around. All of a sudden, they started popping up everywhere on Facebook and Instagram, and despite not really being much of "a thing" before, I'm now totally obsessed. We're lucky here in Teesside that we've got a great selection of grazing box businesses to choose from, but in this post, I thought I'd narrow those options down to five that I think you need to check out!

But what exactly is a grazing box? Well, if you love all things cheese, crackers, delicatessen meats and delicious sides, they're going to be totally up your street. A traditional graze box contains all of the above and maybe some little extras, but I've also seen a huge rise in dessert and sweetie graze boxes. It's one of those things where there's something for absolutely everyone. And you might serve them up for lunch, as an after dinner treat or just for picking at whenever you fancy it.

However you want to eat your graze box, make sure you shop local and support our indie businesses by using this list!

1. Hungry & Humble - Stockton-on-Tees
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that I love Hungry & Humble with my whole heart and I think that all of you guys will too. Sonia, the genius behind the biz, puts together the most beautifully thought through and almost too-pretty-to-eat boxes and platters that you'll ever see. She thinks about seasonal themes, like Halloween and Christmas, and transforms them into cheesy, meaty works of art (like you can see in the header image). Her work is fantastic and definitely worth a look, whether you want a box for yourself or to gift to someone else.

2. Rose & Potter Deli - Marske
Rose & Potter in Markse have been a fan favourite throughout lockdown for their delivered charcuterie boards, thanks to the huge selection of cheeses and meats on each one. They boast beautiful boards that are made up of local produce and are totally Instagram-worthy, plus you can opt for extra 'add-ons'. You can choose between gourmet scotch eggs from The Clucking Pig, speciality cheeses, extra bread, pates and so much more. They've got that 'hand tailored to your liking' feel, so this is a great option if you're a bit more picky.

Big Mouth Food Company

3. Big Mouth Food Company - Saltburn
This is one for the proper cheese fans. Big Mouth Food Company specialise in delivered cheese grazing boxes, featuring five cheeses from across the North East. Not only that, but you'll also find locally sourced honey and chutneys, artisanal biscuits from the Peak District, olives, cashew nuts and fruit. It's everything you need for the perfect cheese board in one box, which makes it ideal to give as a gift or for enjoying after a slap up dinner. What's great about this biz is that they also offer a vegan alternative too (called The Chease Platter, which I love), so there are options for a selection of diets.

4. The Truffled Hog - Stokesley
The Truffled Hog is a little bit different to the other options in the post because they recently opened their own bar and kitchen in Stokesley, serving up their spin on traditional delicatessen. But if you can't make it to their cosy spot, you can have one of their grazing boards delivered to you! There are three board options to choose from, each varying in size and contents, but all of them are absolutely phenomenal with the option to add extras for a slight extra cost. One day, I will get the Ooh, Posh Piggy board (and more than likely inhale the whole thing on my own).

5. Two Little Birds - Middlesbrough
Last, but certainly not least, we've got Two Little Birds, which is a business that is brand new to me. Like many of the other options in this list, you can grab graze boxes from this indie biz that consist of delicious cheese, meats and crackers, but the afternoon tea grazing box is definitely a unique one. As the name would suggest, on this platter, you'll find everything you need for the perfect afternoon tea, including sandwiches, pies, quiche, scones, cakes and make your own Eton Mess! I absolutely love the idea of serving up your own afternoon tea at home, and with this box, all the hard work is taken out!

Which of these graze box businesses have you tried? Or which one is taking your fancy?

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