Bill Quay Farm Cafe – Urban Bakery

There will be some of my vegetarian and vegan readers who may not like the idea of visiting Bill Quay Farm on account of the fact it is a working farm. According to the website, the purpose is for the community to learn “the importance of protecting rare breeds and the difference this makes to organic farming”. I feel that people have to make their own decisions on what they feel comfortable with in this regard.

By visiting the on-site cafe, which is run by Urban Bakery, we feel we are supporting a change of focus where food is concerned and a local business which always offers vegan options. We’re been big fans of this Gateshead based bake house after discovering they sold a vegan-friendly Chocolate Fudge Cake. 

Discovering that they were running a larger cafe in the area- their Low Fell shop has limited seating available – I was keen to take Dinky along to see what meat-free options were available. Going along on-spec on a rainy Saturday, I discovered that the cafe had a vegan Banana Chocolate Cake on offer. But more on that later!

With a large number of children visiting the farm, the cafe is set up with toys for them to keep them entertained. Dinky made a beeline to the table and started to play shop while we waited for our food. 

Unfortunately there was no dairy milk alternatives, but with a selection of herbal teas I was able to have a cup of Green Tea while I waited. There were magazines too, which meant I wasn’t stuck on my phone while Dinky entertained herself.

The selection of cakes on offer changes daily, and those who don’t avoid eggs and dairy like we do could have sampled a delicious looking Salted Caramel Cake on the day we visited.

Having turned up on-spec there was still more than one vegan option available to us. The homemade vegetable soup was fine, and there was a SFV pasty filled with black beans. I also ordered a jacket potato with baked beans for Dinky, which is her new favourite food. 

The majority of the food on offer in the cafe is homemade and you can buy loaves of Urban Bakery bread to take home with you. This also accompanied the chunky soup.

The Urban Legend was definitely the highlight of our visit and it is great to see a cafe with vegan options available all of the time. If a small independent can have a dairy and egg free cake available it is hard to understand why larger businesses struggle at times to accommodate on the dessert front. We will definitely pop back for seconds! You can find out more about Urban Bakery’s presence at Bill Quay Farm here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


  1. Emma

    This sounds so good! I’m not vegan, but it’s true what you say. I can’t understand why providing alternatives is a struggle to some places. Was the cafe busy?

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I started to get busier as we left. I’m hoping more people visit as it is such a lovely little cafe.

  2. Jennifer Helen

    I live in Low Fell and love Urban Bakery – their sourdough is so good. Such a shame they don’t have dairy free milk alternatives – I do love a coffee when I’m out.

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      They apparently ran out and hadn’t a chance to replace it. Such a shame. I had some spare in Dinky’s bottle but couldn’t steal it from her 🙂

  3. cat hooper

    looks brill! this is on my list to visit as we often pass through the area on our way to parents home in south shields.


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