Cake Stories Coffee House & Cakery is situated on the ever-so-pretty Brentwood Avenue in Jesmond. They opened their doors about five months ago after spending lots of time developing recipes and getting themselves sorted. I decided to pop along with a friend I hadn’t seen in ages. Cake, coffee and a good old catch-up were most definitely on the agenda.
When we arrived, the place was packed, always a good sign. We hovered around the front desk where all the cakes were and then took a pew up at the bench on the side of the room. I decided to hold out for a proper table before ordering cake. It wasn’t long before the best table in the house (in my opinion) became free and we made ourselves comfortable.
I had a nice chat with Hannah, who runs the business along with her parents and husband. She told me that all cakes and sweet treats are baked on site and my oh my they looked delicious! Hannah mentioned that since term started, it’s started getting a lot busier. Clearly the Jesmond students have taken a liking to Cake Stories. I did spot a table of girls with their laptops. Life is very different to when I was at university (1998-2002), we barely had the internet, ha ha. OLD. Anyway, I digress, as ever! A lunch menu is also available, I saw some yummy looking sandwiches being served up while we were still hovering.
I noticed from their Instagram account that they’re open until 10pm Monday-Saturday and until 4pm on a Sunday. I love that it’s open late during the week, a great place to meet friends for a cuppa and a slice of cake.
There was a really good selection of cakes to choose from, so we chose three items for the table 🙂 I went for a salted caramel chocolate cupcake and a chewy granola bar (which I took home and ate on Sunday – totally gorgeous). My friend got the red velvet cake in a jar which I had also had a forkful of (I’m definitely ordering this if it’s there next time). To go with this, my friend went for the English Breakfast Tea while I got a flat white and then a cappuccino. I needed two coffees. We paid £15 (I can’t remember the exact amount) in total.
Everything was brought over pretty quickly and I really liked the bright pretty plates & mugs. The mustard teapot was my favourite item (I’ve gone a bit mustard obsessed).
I enjoyed my flat white but the cappuccino was the winner for me, might have something to do with the chocolate on the top, maybe. The coffee served is their own blend and I recognised lots of their loose leaf tea from Pumphreys! It was the Sleeping Beauty Tea that gave it away. (Love this tea).
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Cake Stories, I’ve since raved about it to my friends and colleagues. I think a mid-week evening trip is on the cards 🙂 Have you been yet? If not, I’d add it to your list!