Cafe from Crisis, Newcastle – Review

imageOut wandering with Dinky in the rare sunshine along the Quayside, I was stumped for somewhere new to eat. I then remembered that Crisis had a cafe located not far away on City Road.image

imageSkylight Cafe offers a practical training programme for anyone who wants to work within the hospitality and catering industry. They offer a combination of hands on experience in the cafe alongside the opportunity to gain skills for employment, training and personal development. The cafe is open Monday to Friday for breakfast until 3pm, making it perfect for those who work in the area who want to grab a bite to eat.

image imageI was surprised with how many vegetarian and vegan options were available on the lunchtime menu, as well as offering breakfast goodies like French Toast and a Full English. The cafe is clean and modern, with the walls lined with cool pieces of art. If it was open on a weekend I’d imagine it would do a roaring trade!

image imageI opted for one of their lunchtime specials – Pesto Pasta served with salad. There was a Stir Fry on offer too, and they had a weekly specials board. I teamed this with a refreshing bottle of Victorian Lemonade from Fentimans. It was good to see Canny’s Milkshakes in the fridge, too. When I was told it was £3.95. with the drink itself £2, I was shocked. Nowhere else in Newcastle could you get a delicious lunch like this for just £1.95.

imageBecause of my dismay at the prices I also treated myself to a gooey Chocolate Brownie (£1.50), which I ate while feeding Dinky. The cafe has such a relaxed atmosphere I was tempted to while away more time with a cuppa, but unfortunately the baby had other ideas. When I was leaving one of the staff was being trained on how to make a cappuccino, and a fresh tray of flapjacks were put out on the counter straight from the kitchen.

imageimageI love the ethos of the cafe, and the food is good too. Cafe from Crisis is definitely somewhere I’d encourage you to try for a weekday city centre lunch. To find out more about what national charity Crisis do, take a look at their website here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

To find out more about Cafe at Crisis in Newcastle, check out their Twitter page here.

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Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday
8.30am to 3.30pm

8 am to 3 pm


City House, 1-3 City Road,
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 2AF


  1. Katie Bryson

    What a great little place, and such a positive approach to getting people trained up and back on their feet. What a total bargain too!

  2. Ami

    Sounds like a great idea. I was wondering whether it was the one I had heard about where the man collects all the unwanted food from the market and makes it into meals. People then pay what they want for it but I’m sure it’s in the church near Fenwicks! A great way to reduce waste x

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I think that’s a pop-up that operates with food waste, similar to the one I posted about in Durham. It’s a great idea x


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