Canny Food Round Up

I realised this week that we eat out and about nearly as much as at home, and I’m sure its more common than people realise. If you purchase lunch from an on-site cafe while at work each day, for example, you’re probably well on the way to the same statistic! I’ve created this round up of places I’ve visited recently for light bites that are worthy of note, especially as they’re all independents. I hope they give you food for thought when heading for the work canteen!

Creative Base, Gateshead

imageWere it not for this photo posted on Facebook by Essy & Bella, a dairy-free local chocolatier, I would not have known about the rather fab Creative Base. Located on an industrial estate in Bill Quay, it is not the sort of place you expect to find a cafe that has a wealth of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. This Green Monkey Smoothie – made with spinach, banana, hemp seeds, cocoa powder almond butter and milk – is only £2.50. You’d probably pay twice as much for one of these if this was located in Newcastle.

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imageThis quirky little place is a cafe by day, music venue by night. You really can’t miss the drum kit, poised ready for the next gig.image

I ordered a Veggie Burger, which was served wedged between large field mushrooms instead of the standard bun. With a side salad of leaves, chickpeas, tomatoes and avocado, it was a super filling lunch.

imageWith a range of specials every day, there’s always something for vegans and meat-eaters alike.

heartimage I was especially impressed by the raw treats on offer. As someone who has no issue eating dairy, I’m always wary of vegan desserts like this. I can find them a bit tasteless, but the Peanut Butter Cup I chose was moreish. I ate the one I bought for Mr. Canny before he got home. My excuse was it melted in the heat 😉image

At just over a tenner for lunch, a drink and desserts, it was good value for money too. Their crustless quiches seem to be popular, as does their chilli.

If you fancy something other than Pelaw Pantry, which is the other lunchtime options in the area, I’d definitely recommend Creative Base. They’re also open on a Saturday.

True Coffeehouse, Heaton

imageAlready a favourite of Canny Food, I popped in to True Coffeehouse with a friend for cake while we were in the area recently. You can read about our last visit here, when we enjoyed a veggie-vegan lunch.

imageWith a wide range of sweet treats on offer, True has a relaxed vibe and is great place to have a natter with your mates. Dog-friendly and with some really cute handmade kids toys on sale, we should really visit more often.

imageHolly and I shared slices of Lemon Drizzle and Chocolate Cake as we couldn’t decide which to have. With a drink and a takeaway brownie (for Holly’s other half) it totalled under £9. Total bargain.

imageIf you haven’t already been, what’s stopping you?! They also operate a loyalty card scheme for regulars.

Long Play Cafe, Newcastle’s Grainger Market

imageHaving blogged about Long Play’s fab pancakes at their Quayside cafe (see previous post here), I was excited to hear about them opening a second coffeehouse in a more central location.

imageSelling vinyls alongside coffees, hot chocolate and a selection of teas; I spotted MC5 and Iron Maiden albums on the shelves, amongst others. They also have soy milk, as an FYI.

imageI chose to have a Cherry and Green Tea blend to takeaway, which was only £2. The leaves were placed in a bag by hand and then served, rather than using a tea infuser. For those wanting to sit and relax, there’s a table fashioned out of a cable drum where you can enjoy your coffee in a mug bearing their moniker. I love the little record-shaped coasters!

imageA few people have asked if Long Play are just serving drinks, and the answer is yes. Whether Jon and Chris are planning on adding snacks to the repertoire in the future I can’t say, but there are plenty of places you can eat in the Grainger Market regardless. We wish the guys the best of luck with this new venture.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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