Earlier in the year I popped into a relatively new cafe in Newcastle to give it a try, just before the start of the first Vegan Restaurant Week. I was impressed by The Journey’s vegan food offering and was happy they were keen to be involved in the inaugural event. There is a strong commitment towards supporting other local businesses which was something I’m always happy to bolster with the Canny Food blog, too.
I was pleased to hear that the cafe were further extending their opening hours to cover a Sunday, which meant another veggie friendly place for brunch in the Toon. To celebrate The Journey were offering free pancakes every Saturday and Sunday in September with the purchase of a full-priced drink. As they happened to be vegan and gluten free it seemed an offer impossible to resist, so I popped along with a friend to try them out and to have a natter in the relaxed atmosphere of the cafe.
I ordered an almond milk Hot Chocolate, while my friend had a Latte and a Chocolate Cupcake. The pancake batter was made fresh for me which was very nice of them. If I’d have known they were going to that trouble I’ve have probably just tried out one of the delicious looking vegan brownies they had on the counter.
It seems that the amount of vegan options on offer at The Journey now is staggering, especially when it comes to their new breakfast menu. There are three flavours of vegan Porridge, the Banana Pancakes I tried out and Black Olive Tapenade with grilled vine tomatoes on Rye toast. For everyone else there’s also a selection of pastries, toast and filled croissants.
My breakfast was very good: the creamy topping, slightly bitter fruit and the sweet bananas all worked well with the fluffy American-style pancakes. We’ll ignore the fact I was eating them at 2 o’clock in the afternoon as they were most certainly the first thing I ate on that Sunday!
With the opening of student accommodation next door I hope this means an increased footfall for the The Journey once they return to Newcastle for the new academic year. It is definitely worth popping along to try out this friendly and relaxed venue for a lazy brunch next weekend. Great food, decent prices, dog and child friendly, and good coffee mean The Journey should become everyone’s go-to for a tasty brunch in the city centre.
Thanks for reading,
Tried out Camber Coffee above Start Fitness yet? You can read more about their veggie-friendly menu here.