Afternoon Tea at Rosie’s Cafe, Gosforth.

It’s been such a long time since I wrote a blog, and felt the best thing to do was to dive right back in! I may have been quiet on the writing front, but I’ve continued my visits to some amazing places over the last few months and will update the page in due course. Highlights included a meal and overnight stay at a Michelin starred establishment, a lovely break in the Lake District, and all the usual cake-related high jinx.
Today Jnr and I visited Rosie’s Cafe in Gosforth. I made a promise to reward his help with tidying up the Christmas detritus in cake. We’d originally planned to visit Jesmond Dene House, but they were fully booked. We have arranged a visit later in the week, so I will no doubt update the blog afterwards.
I’d found out about Rosie’s through my Instagram, and was impressed with the pictures of pretty cakes and sundaes. I started to follow them on Twitter as a reminder to visit when I was in the area. To avoid a mutiny by Jnr I thought today was as good an opportunity as any to drop by and sample their fare!
Not being native to the area I struggled to find it as it is tucked away within the shopping centre on Gosforth High Street. Adjacent to Rosie’s is a Costa Coffee, which was bustling. I find it hard to believe a chain could be so busy when this gem is close by. Clearly the people of Gosforth need to expand their horizons beyond pre-prepared sandwiches and mass produced cakes!
We opted for the Afternoon Tea (£9.50 per person) and a Cream Tea (£5.00 per person). Jnr is less fussy than me and ate the fruit scones, and I was able to swap the fruit scone that came as part of my Afternoon Tea for the cheese version.
The scones were impressive- not too heavy, but filling with good flavour. I had a choice of fillings for my finger sandwiches, and opted for ham and plum chutney. The ham was better than the processed sheets often found in high street eateries, and 3 were more than sufficient.
The mini-meringues were lovely and the pistachio & almond macarons were well made. There was a small slice of treacle tart, which was delicious, and a little jar of lemon posset. I’m not a huge fan of lemon desserts but this was great, and I wished there was a larger portion! It was topped with raspberry sauce, and had balls of chocolate popping candy sprinkled on the top. I loved it!
We visited at 4pm and the cafe was quiet, but as we left a group of mums and kids arrived for hot chocolate and cake. The cafe is open Monday-Saturday, 10am until 5:30pm. I’m not sure whether it is open on a Sunday. There is an open hatch so you can see the chefs preparing food in the kitchen; another sign of how it is heads and shoulders above other cafes in the area. We will definitely return!
Thanks for reading,
Pip 🙂


  1. New Girl in Toon

    Funny you should be blogging about here because I'm thinking of going there for a cake date with some girlfriends in a few Saturdays time! I am worried we wont get a seat on a Saturday though, fingers crossed everyone else is (stupidly) in Costa!

    Chloe x

  2. Emma Phillips

    I've heard from a friend that it is very busy on a Saturday and Sunday. Might be worth contacting them to see if you can reserve a table if there's a few of you. They do a very tasty looking hot dog that Jnr is desperate to try! x

  3. jack armstrong

    WOW….what a delightful cafe/restaurant/bistro. Called there purely by chance with my wife and grand daughter and hand three fabulous meals followed by three fabulous desserts. This place knocks spots off any other eating establishment in the north, and is so obscure that you hardly notice it as you walk by (and I have, many times!).
    The quality and presentation of the food is 5 star, a very talented chef lurks within.
    Great ambiance and lovely staff with traditional values.
    Whoever you are ‘Rosie’ keep up the good work.
    I’ll be back…soon.

  4. Kim Graham

    I quite agree with some of the comments about Rosie’s though I think the comment about Costa being preferable is somewhat unfair to the people of Gisforth.
    Rosie’s is a great place but the service from the start and has been inattentive and bordering on rude. Ive met other mums there for lunch where we were asked to leave our pushchairs outside, even when the babies were weeks old. In addition pushchairs are expensive too.
    The food portions were meagre in relation to the high prices so I think the people of Gisforth may have got fed up and reluctantly retreated to Costa where babies and children are welcome.

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Having worked for Costa for many years and knowing about how the food is turned around in there I wouldn’t pay for the mass produced stuff they serve when there are other local establishments in the area to support. My experience of Rosie’s was what I blogged about, but others may feel differently. It’s also been a while since I visited, so can’t vouch for standards now.


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