A round up of some places we’ve eaten over the last week. The common theme is that these are all family businesses. We endeavour to support local where we can as there are some fantastic producers on our doorstep.
Based in Low Fell on Beaconsfield Road, I’ve popped in to this family run bakery a few times in passing for picnic food. I tried to eat in for lunch last week, but unfortunately space was limited. Instead I took a sandwich home with me, along with a slice of Lemon Polenta Cake. The sandwich was packed with roasted veg on a lovely fresh roll.
While there I also picked up a fantastic quality Spelt Loaf. When bread is as good as this it doesn’t need a lot of adornment. Mr. Canny loves Biscoff spread, while the Teen and I are huge Nutella fans.
Urban Bakery also have vegan goodies like Leek & Potato Pies and these Aloo Tiki Patties, which I served with a dressed salad for supper on evening. All of this totalled £10, which was great value for money. A shining example of why you should shop local.
The Staiths Cafe, Dunston
This little gem is becoming my favourite place to pop to for lunch to get out of the house during my maternity leave. On a sunny day it’s lovely to sit outside. With its stunning view of the historic Dunston Staiths. Even on a miserable Wednesday their delicious brownies and a White Hot Chocolate can chase away the hump day blues.
This particular lunchtime I enjoyed a Falafel and Halloumi Salad, which was dressed with a punchy mango chutney. I realised I’ve been eating a lot of falafel of late, which surprised me as I’ve always hated chickpeas. I vowed to try more of the pulses I’ve previously sworn off and, true to my word, I’ve been trying (see my veggie lunch at Dabbawal here for further proof).
Staiths Farmers Market
We’re looking forward to the inaugural Food Market, which will be held on the 11th June, in the vicinity of Staiths Cafe. The area is so picturesque, and I can’t think of a better location. With the popularity of the Jesmond Food Market, which is held monthly on Armstrong Bridge, there’s definitely a growing movement towards local events like this. Wheatberry, The Sweet Beet and Scream for Pizza will be there, which are family favourites, and so will we.
Di Meo’s, Whitley Bay
Another firm favourite of the family, like Staiths Cafe, we pop in to Di Meo’s every time we visit Whitley Bay to see what treats they have on offer.
We’re yet to sample their vegan Raspberry Ripple ‘ice cream’, but Mr. Canny tried the Apple Gelato this time round. I had Bubblegum flavour, which contains dairy. The wafers are vegan-friendly, and on our last visit he ate the Mango sorbet. I just hope we hit lucky one day!
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