I was alerted to the vegan menu on offer at Brown’s in Hebburn on Instagram by a follower. Many were raving about the fact the owner served vegan breakfasts, burgers, and brunches in this small cafe located not far from the metro station.
I have to admit, Hebburn doesn’t strike me as being the sort of place where local punters would be crying out for a Linda McCartney banger, but I used to feel the same way about Gateshead! Considering the success of Grumpy Panda, it goes to show that vegetarian and vegans will travel when decent scran is on offer.
Brown’s is run by a lovely lady who is clearly very open to the idea of veganism. The cafe has a range of plant milks available and a selection of vegan dishes amongst the standard Full English and home-cooked classics. Gavin opted for the vegan breakfast while I decided to try their burger. We had a natter with another vegan in the cafe over our hot chocolates (made using accidentally vegan Cadbury’s drinking chocolate powder) while waiting for our food.
The portion sizes certainly didn’t disappoint and we felt the food was good value for money. When we considered how much we usually pay for a brunch in Newcastle Brown’s could certainly charge a little bit more. With avocado, meat-free sausages and all the standard ecoutrements, Gavin’s breakfast kept him full all day long.
I felt a dairy-free cheese might have been more impressive and worked better with my burger than the avocado which topped it, but apart from that I was happy with my meal. A proper cake wouldn’t have gone amiss, but I imagine grappling with egg substitutes might be daunting in these early days for the kitchen.
We have to commend Brown’s on the positive steps taken to make the cafe vegan-friendly and look forward to seeing more from this friendly little cafe in the future.
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