“ Address: Old Eldon Square / Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG / Tel: 0191 222 0213 „
I was recently in Newcastle city centre with Little Miss and because it was lunchtime we decided to stop at the nearest café for a drink and a bite to eat.
Close to Eldon Square, where we were shopping, this was a good stop off point especially since it was an unusually warm and sunny day and there were seats available outside. The seated area is quite handy because it is covered by a large awning which was especially useful when the inevitable fine drizzle started. There are several metal tables and chairs so plenty of room for people eating or drinking, and the area looks onto Old Eldon Square so there is plenty ofpeople watching to be done.
Inside, the café is quite small with all of the coffee making machinery on shelves along the wall, and the small kitchen at the back. For the size of the room, the tables and chairs are large with the chairs being the faux leather type with high slightly curved backs. Because they are dotted randomly around the room, it can be tricky to manoeuvre round the room especially with large shopping bags or a push chair. In fact, we saw a lady come in with a push chair and several diners had to stand up and move their seats to let her get to the table.
The menu features the usual selection of teas and coffees as well as a selection of sandwiches, baked potatoes and larger meals. The menu can be found on the website but there is plenty to choose from and some of the more substantial meals seemed to be testing the stamina of a couple of diners- they were large!
The soup of the day was tomato which is what Little Miss decided she would have. This was served with a large chunk of fresh and crusty baguette and butter. The soup itself was either home made or a very good version of a freshly home made soup, being a lot thicker and more tomato tasting than some tinned soups. There also looked like there were bits of tomatoes so we decided fresh! I decided to have the egg and cress sandwich in a granary bun although there were several bread options. When it arrived, the bread was large and very fresh with plenty of filling and it also came with a side saled.
In total, the bill for our meal with drinks came to under £10 which was great value for lunch in the centre of the city.
Address: 3 Eldon Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG
Telephone 0191-222 0213
Situated where it is, the café is ideal for a mid shopping meal or if you prefer, just a drink. The food is fresh and tasty
, the staff helpful and the service good. I was pleased to see that although there is a high turnover of customers the tables were kept clean and free of clutter.
Thanks for reading