True Coffeehouse, Heaton
We found out more about True Coffeehouse on our visit to the North East Vegan Festival a couple of weekends ago. They aren’t just specifically vegan, but it was good to know that they would have a few options he could chose from. We visited on a quiet Saturday afternoon for a bite to eat after walking round freezing cold Gibside for their Farmers Market. A bit of a distance between the two locations, but it would be a nightmare trying anywhere in the Toon now that Christmas shopping season is upon us!
Not long open, it is a hipster’s dream. Located on Chillingham Road, which seems to be *the* place to open a new eatery at the moment. Reminiscent of Pink Lane Coffee in terms of furnishing, the menu on the wall is set up like the fridge magnet letters kids play with. We managed to nab the last table and spent time cooing over the cutest newborn baby before deciding on what to eat. Featuring vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, we knew we’d come to the right place. No extra charge for the soy milk in Mr. Canny’s latte, too.
There were fewer options for us to chose from because we’d gone later in the afternoon, but I still found it difficult. Was I going to have one of their homemade ‘personal’ pizzas, or some hearty soup? Fancying a sandwich, I decided to have the Goats Cheese and Onion Marmalade version. This came toasted with a balsamic dressed side salad.
True make vegan pizzas, which Mr. Canny was tempted to try. Having had pizza twice in one week though meant he was suffering from overkill, and opted for their Vegan Sausage, Cranberry and Stuffing Sandwich. Very seasonal. He was impressed that they make their own sausages, which is not something we’d have expected. Like us, they admitted that checking the ingredients on products to see if they contained egg or milk made providing vegan alternatives hard.
Mr. Canny said he wasn’t going to visit without trying one of their vegan cakes, and chose a wedge of the moist looking Chocolate Cake. I wasn’t sure about giving it a try, but I’m pleased to say I did and was impressed. The fruity filling stopped it from being too rich or dry. He was a happy bunny. I also promised to share with them my vegan/gluten free Banana Bread recipe which goes down a treat on Bake Day at Jnr’s school.
We spent a while chatting with people in there and were made to feel like ‘regulars’. It’s been a long time since I found a cafe as welcoming as Pani’s anywhere in Newcastle. It wasn’t fake or OTT either, just like chatting with mates. They’ve definitely won us over with their grub, too. The cafe does a stand-up night on occasion, if that’s your ‘bag’.
Thanks for reading,