Starks Kitchen – Heaton

You can’t miss Starks Kitchen if you’re driving down Chillingham Road in Heaton. The bright white signage and (stark) white interior really stands out from the rest of the shop fronts.  Starks Kitchen has opened up where Cal’s Own used to be (the best pizza in the toon has moved to Jesmond). It’s a family-run venture, with husband and wife…

Flat White Kitchen – Durham

I’ve wanted to visit Flat White Kitchen since it opened back in October last year. Located on Saddler Street, next door to Bill’s and pretty close to Flat White cafe, this place looks impressive from the outset.  Flat White cafe has been my number one place to get coffee in Durham, because they serve my favourite OCC coffee,…

The View – Tynemouth Longsands

Two years in the making, The View at Tynemouth Longsands, is now open for business! Owned by the Wilson family, who also own Crusoe’s, The View really lives up to its name… with huge ceiling to floor windows, there are panoramic views of the beach from every seat in the restaurant. The seaside theme is…

Violets Cafe – Newcastle Quayside

Violets Cafe opened on the Quayside at the beginning of June this year. Located right next to The Side Gallery, this cute little cafe is owned by Abbie Atkinson, wife of NE chef Kenny Atkinson. I’ve followed Abbie on Instagram for a while and she often posts pictures of delicious-looking home baked treats. A few months…

Dil & the Bear

Dil & the Bear is a cute little cafe and patisserie on Front Street, Tynemouth. If you live up here, you’ve no doubt already heard about Dil & the Bear. I’ve been trying to eat here for AGES, it’s always been packed when we’ve tried to go. I expected it to be the same situation the sunny…

1901 Caffe Bistro

1901 Caffe Bistro is located inside a beautiful church building on St. Georges Terrace, Jesmond. I never knew it was there, but it’s been open for quite a few years and was taken over by new owners last year. 1901 has recently undergone a refurb, I’d heard wonderful things from my friend who lives close by so…

Cake Stories Jesmond

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…

Post Box Ponteland – Afternoon Tea

Post Box Ponteland has been open for a couple of months now, I went along on opening day for breakfast (read about it here) and was hugely interested in what Alex & Hayden had in store for the future. My friend was home from London for the weekend so I took this opportunity to get…

Café Royal

Café Royal will always and forever remind me of my good friend Heidi who introduced me to this hidden gem back in 2003 (I realise it’s very well-known now). I remember being shocked that I’d never heard of it, yet it was so close to Monument (I used to spend all of my spare time…

Curious Leaves – Grainger Market

Mrs Pumphrey’s Curious Leaves Tea Shoppe is now open for business within Newcastle’s Grainger Market. Part of the Pumphrey’s Coffee family, Curious Leaves is all about the tea! With lots of speciality teas to choose from, you can either sit in and sip (like I did) or buy a bag of tea to enjoy at home (OR BOTH)….

Post Box Ponteland

  Post Box is the brand new café that has just opened on Main Street, Ponteland. Sandwiched in-between Bridgfords and Ponteland Tandoori, Post Box really stands out – it might be something to do with the pretty red bench outside, freshly painted front and kilner jar lights hanging in the window. My friend Sarah and I have had this in…

The Butterfly Cabinet

You know it’s going to be a good day when you start it off with a trip to The Butterfly Cabinet for breakfast. Undoubtedly one of the most popular cafes in Newcastle, The Butterfly Cabinet has been open since 2010 and each time I go, I wonder why I’ve left it so long since my…