Scrumpy Willow & the Singing Kettle

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.

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The Whistler Tea Rooms

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.