I like trying new places. The family find it a bit tiresome on a weekend when I search through Instagram or make a plan for what we’re doing, but I figure it’s good to mix things up. Newcastle has loads of places we’ve never eaten in, so why become creatures of habit? Plus, it would make for a pretty boring blog!
Knowing Jnr was off for half term before other kids I devised a day out to make the most of our baby-free time together. His interests outside sitting in his boy cave and playing on League of Legends do usually include food – as you’d expect of a growing teen – and being competitive, so I chose pancakes and bowling as our activities of choice.
Long Play Cafe is somewhere we’d walked past on Newcastle’s Quayside but not ventured into. The cafe/record store looked far too hipster for me, but Jnr assured me I wasn’t that lame and would probably be ok. Located right next door to Popolo, its all mismatched furniture and exposed brickwork. We plonked ourselves down right in front of the record player, which was belting out my favourite Beatles album. I was very impressed.
The menu isn’t as comprehensive as somewhere like The Butterfly Cabinet, but Long Play has the essentials. If you fancy a Full English or a Bacon Sarnie and a black coffee, they have it covered. Checking out their Instagram meant I was aware of their American Pancakes, which I knew Jnr would order. Topped with Bananas and Nutella, these were fluffy and delicious. You can also have them with Bacon and Maple Syrup, should you chose to. Judging by the photos I’ve seen, they’re a must-try.
I asked for a Grilled Cheese Sandwich from the regular menu, not fancying anything particularly ‘breakfasty’. By the time we arrived at the cafe after Jnr rising from his pit it was more elevenses anyway. This sandwich, accompanied by crisps, was nicely filling and not too greasy. I had this with a creamy Hot Chocolate while singing along to St. Peppers. A morning well spent.
The total was £14, which is a reasonable price for Quayside grub. The service was cheery, and I took the opportunity to enquire about the veggie sausages on the menu to see if it was somewhere I could return to with the Mr. I was told they had either Quorn or Linda McCartney, but the Quorn were more popular. I explained that if they kept the LM versions they could offer a vegan breakfast, to which they seemed grateful for the heads-up. Educating eateries of Newcastle, one sausage at a time 🙂
I was very impressed with the selection of kitsch gifts and quirky homewares. Even Jnr was picking out things he liked, and he HATES shopping. We left with a couple of things and I’m definitely going to return when the baby arrives as they have some adorable clothes in stock. I also picked up a great Valentine’s present for Mr. Canny.