I recently asked the folk of Twitter to recommend a place for a Saturday brunch in Gosforth which accommodated vegans. Being familiar with Chaia already, I wanted to try somewhere new with Gavin. Someone mentioned Greyjoy’s (thanks!) and I was surprised to find quite a few meat-free items on the menu. I was assured that there were around 7 dishes served that were suitable, although the menu changes weekly.
It seems the owners are well aware of how important it is to offer decent vegetarian and vegan options, although I was slightly disappointed to find there wasn’t a hearty breakfast option for those of us who don’t eat egg and cheese. ‘Stuff on toast’ is the raison d’etre here, although that isn’t always a bad thing if it’s done well.
The interior is a mismatch of various styles and will no doubt become an Instagram paradise. There’s plenty of marble table tops and succulents to position artfully on the table. I even got in on the act when it came to our coffee!
It was very busy which meant food wasn’t exactly fast out of their kitchen, but we were happy to while away the time surrounded by Gosforth mums fresh out of yoga class (true story). Greyjoy’s is also pooch-friendly and we were entertained by a lovely little dog as we waited.
I ordered a vegan brunch bowl while Gavin opted for a toasted sandwich with sweet potato, beetroot hummus and salad.
My choice was surprisingly filling. There was a definite hit of fennel and the beetroot made it wonderfully earthy. I wasn’t so sure about the addition of the broth – possibly because of how hot it is at the moment – but that might have been my preference. The contrast of flavours and textures worked well and I wasn’t in the mood for cake afterwards. Good job too, as Greyjoy’s didn’t have any vegan-friendly options.
Our brunch came to an even £20 with drinks and was decent value for money. The soya milk curdled in the coffee which is a shame, but we know that this can happen if the temperatures aren’t quite right. Greyjoy’s is a nice little spot in the town to grab a cuppa and a bite to eat, and it’s great to see locals supporting it over chains.
Thanks for reading,