The joy of blogging is being able to share hidden gems with the readers of Canny Food. The children and I were invited along to try out Dog Leap Cafe, which is located within St.Nicholas’ Cathedral in the centre of Newcastle. I didn’t even know there was a cafe inside, to be honest. Not being a religious person – although I am spiritual – it wasn’t the sort of place I’d have stumbled upon during a visit.
I was a little apprehensive about walking through the cathedral bearing this in mind, but Dog Leap has a side entrance for those who may share those feelings.
The inside of the building is impressive with its decorated ceiling and leaded windows.
There were specials to chose from on a chalkboard or a pretty extensive standard menu. I felt there was a good mix of vegetarian and meat dishes, and the staff were knowledgeable on what was suitable for those with dietary requirements.
I opted for the Smoked Aubergine and Tomato Tagine, which came with flat bread and tagine. I was assured there was no yoghurt or milk in the flatbread so the whole dish was vegan-friendly.
For £6.50 the portion size was generous and there was a delicate hum of spice in the tagine.
The Teen ordered a Hot Beef Bap, which came with a side pot of meaty gravy. He’d have preferred chips to the root veg crisps that accompanied as standard but I managed to dissuade him from ordering them as a side.
It was quite a big bun filled with moist shredded meat which the Teen gave the thumbs up to.
Unfortunately the cake and dessert options weren’t available for someone who is dairy free like myself, although the Teen was taken with the Brownies on offer. Dog Leap also offer an afternoon tea for £9.95 pp, but this has to be ordered a day in advance so the chef can prepare a special selection of mini cakes and sandwiches.
Owner Dean had previously catered at Tynemouth Golf Club and clearly puts a lot of thought into using local produce in the cafe. Using a family run business further up the coast, it is good to see independents supporting one another. Pop in for a Fish Finger Sandwich, cuppa or a freshly made scone next time you’re in the Toon.
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