The Cookie Jar

The Heron family have owned the Cookie Jar in Newcastle since 1965. James Heron’s grandparents had a grocery shop and his Granny made her famous Wheaten bread to sell in the shop. Granny was a talented baker and the bakery side of things grew over the years which lead to the creation of the Cookie Jar home bakery, famous for wheaten bread. James’ father then ran the business for more than 30 years and now it is James’ turn. He trained at Loughry College and the Glasgow College of Food Technology.

The Cookie Jar does a full range of traditional Irish breads and pastries, and an ever-changing range of treat items. They sell their products in their own shops (there are two in Newcastle and one in Kilkeel) and they supply wholesale bread items to various local supermarkets.

What They Do

Traditional home bakery


They have a typical list of quality Irish bread, pastry and cake products including Wheaten Bread, Fruit Bannock, Crusty, Batch Loaves, Pancakes, Soda Farls, Snowballs, Almond buns the list goes on… and a small range of ‘Bake Your Own’ bread mixes.


Great Taste Awards 2019: 2 Star Wheaten Bread, 2 Star Bake your own Wheaten Mix, 1 Star Bake your Own Scone Mix, 1 Star Bake your own Soda Bread Mix Great Taste Awards 2018: 3 Star Wheaten Bread Blas na hEireann Irish Food Awards 2018: Silver – Posh Scones, Bronze – Bake your own Wheaten Mix, Bronze - Superseeded Sourdough Blas na hEireann 2020- Gold for soda bread mix

Where To Buy

Wholesale products to supermarkets in Castlewellan, Rathfriland and Newcastle. They will soon be stocking products from their ‘Bake Your Own’ Range at their Online Shop.


The Cookie Jar
121 Main Street
BT33 0AE
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Contact Information

Telephone 02843 722427
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