*CLOSED* Jnr’s Birthday Afternoon Tea – Jayelle’s Bistro, Washington Village
It’s not very often Jnr gets excited by my blogging exploits. Don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat the cream cakes while grumbling about how he’d rather be playing on his PC. The subject matter of today’s blog really appealed to him, moreso than any other we have encountered on our travels. He even joked it was as if the restaurant had climbed into his mind and put exactly what he wanted onto one plate!
I discovered Jayelle’s through kerb crawling. Me & Him Indoors spotted it the night we first visited Cellini’s. Washington Village was not somewhere I’d frequented, even though we don’t live that far away. I’d scoffed at my work colleague who suggested we ate there instead of in Newcastle, and because of our lovely experience I decided to be more open minded about this side of the Tyne for dining.
This little restaurant looked so quaint as we drove past, festooned in fairy lights like they’d forgotten about their Christmas decorations. Unable to find them on Twitter I discovered a Facebook page, and promptly followed. Posts about Candyfloss Cheesecake intrigued me. It was a post about their ‘Unusual Afternoon Tea’ that spurred me on to make a reservation, and I knew who my perfect ‘date’ was based on the menu options 🙂
If you ask Jnr what his favourite foods are he’d say Lasagne, Pie and Fish. It was very clear what his 3 options were from the menu, pictured above! I chose the Burger, Pie and Hot Roast Sandwich for mine, along with Sweet Potato Fries. This is certainly not for a person on a diet!
We ordered in advance so when we arrived at the restaurant the service was prompt. The interior is ‘traditional pub’, and based on the places I’ve had Afternoon Tea in the past it felt a bit strange in comparison. Our waitress was lovely, and we had her undivided attention as we were the only ones in Jayelle’s at the time.
The food itself was of a good standard, although there were a few flaws to pick upon. The cream for the scones was more like fromage frais than the clotted variety, and the grated cheese provided was tasteless. It seemed an odd thing to put on the cake stand as I’ve never been given it with a Tea before. Then again, I’ve never eaten Lasagne and Chips with one 🙂
We decided to have a selection of desserts, which included a jelly and a creamy pud. I think based on the Teas I’ve had at Wynyard and Jesmond Dene House I was unimpressed by the selection at Jayelle’s. It made me wish we had chosen the cheese instead, especially as the food already consumed was so savoury and filling. Bear in mind we were given two bowls of fries on the side to eat too! For the price point I think the bar needs to be raised on the cakes as it will be overlooked in favour of more luxe venues.
I love a good cuppa, but it didn’t work well with this Afternoon Tea. A cloudy lemonade served in the teapot would have worked better than a hot drink, in my opinion. I definitely needed something refreshing after Pie and Burger. It might just be my taste, but I prefer a cold drink with hot food.
Jnr enjoyed the experience, which was my priority when it came to booking Jayelle’s at the end of the day. I’d suggest a visit just for the quirk factor. We’re considering returning for an evening meal to see if it rivals Cellini’s.
Thanks for reading,
As an FYI a deposit for Afternoon Tea is required in advance.