A few days ago, a fellow tea connoisseur went to the Quilliam Brothers Tea House for lunch. We had heard many good things about the tea house, and enjoyed their tea but never got round to visiting for lunch.
We were seated at a quirky spot under the stairs in the basement on cushions at a low table – we were asked if we wanted to wait for a table, but as time is precious in a short lunch, we accepted. We weren’t put off the basement either – it is bright and airy like the upstairs with sketches and paintings on the walls decorating the exposed brick walls.
After getting comfortable, we were offered the extensive tea menu and food menu. We placed our order shortly after and waited for our food and tea.
Our tea soon arrived in a pot ready to drink having been brewed for the required time. I had chosen the first flush Darjeeling which was a light and delicate brew, along with a mustard, chive and cheese scone, then a moist and tasty carrot cake with decent chunks of grated carrot and nice sweet icing on top.
Micheal says “I ordered the halloumi and roast veg salad which was very good – the halloumi was nice and crispy so had the desirable chewy texture I was looking for, the roast veg had a nice bite and balsamic dressing was not too overpowering and the addition of iceberg lettuce added a nice crispiness to the salad. The bread was properly toasted and rubbed with garlic. I also selected a nice green tea which was rather good.”
Our experience of the Quilliam Brothers Tea House was excellent – the tea and food was very good and reasonably priced and the service friendly and quick. It was with stiff legs and full stomachs we had to reluctantly go back to work.
1, Eldon Place, Claremont Buildings, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 7RD
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Nestled amongst the charity and discount shops of Clayton Street in Newcastle, the Scrumpy Willow is small establishment with a menu that includes range of good food including vegan and vegetarian dishes.
It is rare to find such a haven away from the bustling streets. Chocked full of period features, the cafe spans two floors and has artwork from students at Newcastle University on the walls. Upstairs, you can watch the world go by through the large ceiling height windows.
Today; I had fair-trade tea, a cheese scone and spiced chocolate cake.
I enjoyed my brief visit to the Scrumpy Willow. The food was good and reasonably priced. The staff were pleasant and provided good service.
Find out more about the Scrumpy Willow and their regular events calendar at their website; scrumpywillow.com.
I went for lunch today at the The Whistler Tea Rooms in Newcastle located on Vine Lane just off Northumberland Street.
The team room is styled like many an English tea room and is situated on the top floor of the building. The view from the window at the front of the building is of the Haymaket Hub building which forms part of the Metro station, the striking angel atop the South African War Memorial and the bustling Northumberland Streets below.
I took my seat and found cosy surroundings with vintage pictures and item adorning the walls. Pleasant staff provide table service with a smile and were very efficient at taking my order and bringing my food and tea.
The menu is well appointed with sarnies, light bites such as scones and cakes, and jacket spuds. The range of tea includes Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Lapsang souchong, green tea and Earl and Lady Greys. I ordered a warm cheese scone, a slice of Victoria sponge cake a pot of Ceylon tea. All was very nice and I especially enjoyed the cake.
My trip to the Whistler Tea Rooms helped brighten up an otherwise dull and damp November day.