Brunch at Ernest, Newcastle
This week has been extremely eventful, not least because of our Brazilian houseguests. Canny Baby also arrived in the early hours of Monday morning, weighing in at just under 8lb. Although she was due on Valentine’s Day she simply wouldn’t do the predictable, and was almost born in the back of the car! She has all her fingers and toes and we’ve spent the last few days adjusting to being new parents. Happy times.
Because of my determination to start as I mean to go on we’ve had a few little adventures already, which I will share with you over the coming week. On our second day I felt up to driving and wanted to eat something I hadn’t prepared myself. With it also being half term Jnr was kicking around the house, and I could tell he wanted a change of scene for a few hours.
A friend suggested we returned to Ernest as they had vegan friendly options, which I discovered featured a breakfast which is served until 3pm. Plenty of time for us to get the children organised! One of the benefits of Ernest is the amount of parking in the vicinity, which enabled us to do door-to-door. A blessing with a newborn.
I previously wrote a review of Ernest for LoveNE, which can be found here. My feelings towards the place were mixed because of the prices, but I was more than prepared to give it a second chance if they accommodated Mr. Canny’s veganism.
I also thought Jnr might like the flatbreads on offer, which are like his beloved pizza. He ordered The Italian Job (£8.90) minus Pancetta as he’s vegetarian. The pesto sauce base instead of standard tomato was a change for him and he really enjoyed it. I also asked for a portion of Fries for us to share, which were reminiscent of my Gran’s chips. Awesome. They had a definite nutty taste to them, which makes me think they fry in a nut oil in the Ernest kitchen.
My Halloumi Wrap (£7.90) – served with salad leaves – was like a posh vegetarian Fish Finger sandwich. The breaded cheese certainly shares the consistency of fish in this guise, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt it was an easier eat than Mr. Canny’s Fishless Fish from Super Natural last weekend. The mayo which accompanied was a bit too spicy for me, which was a shame. Next time I’ll ask for it without.
Mr. Canny was happy with their version of a Full English, although he said some of the fried potatoes were over cooked. The smoked tofu resembled an omelette, and the veggie sausages were of a good quality. It was better than some breakfasts he’s had of late that have merely consisted of beans and hash browns! At £8.50 it is more expensive than Sky Apple Cafe’s fantastic offering, but it’s good to try out new places.
Overall we felt Ernest was a decent brunch spot. They have soy milk available, which is another positive, and on the day we visited it was full of mums with small children having a catch-up. We have to be conscious now of family friendly venues, and it appears Ernest has it pitched just right. At £33 for the 3 meals and drinks it also wasn’t too expensive, so we’ll return.
Thanks for reading,