Following the extensive restoration of Jarrow Hall, Hive Coffee Company will be opening its doors this weekend (1st April) within this historic Grade II listed building. Located on the ground floor of the hall, this stylish coffee shop is the coming together of university friends, Sarah Daglish and Eve McPadden, who share a mutual love of great food and coffee.
An independent eatery, Hive Coffee Company offers a wide variety of drinks and dishes to suit all. Speaking with Eve during my visit, who happens to also be vegan, the café will be accommodating dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten free and dairy free. I was pleased to see a well labelled menu and there is definitely something for everyone, including those who like a bacon sarnie!
Sarah and Eve also endeavour to use as much local and healthy produce as possible in their home-cooked dishes, creating a range of wholesome foods from assorted salads to flatbreads, quiches to cakes, and all prepared fresh on site each day.
I was invited along to a launch event but unfortunately couldn’t attend. Instead I was allowed to pop along before the crowds arrived for a sneaky peek round and a quick cuppa in the beautiful grounds. Available for events, this would be great for a work function or private party. I have to admit, I’ve never visited the site, even though I grew up around 10 minutes away. Most kids in the area probably visited Bede’s World on a school trip, but not this Geordie lassie! We popped along not long after it officially reopened and sampled the food at The Hive properly. You can read about our experience here.
Sarah and Eve believe Jarrow Hall’s past perfectly fits with their business ethos of creating venues that transform into hives of activity for people to meet and socialise. This new venture is the latest step in the successful relaunch of Jarrow Hall, Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum as a regional, national and international tourist centre. Formerly known as Bede’s World (as mentioned before), it is now operated by communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, which reopened it for business in October.You can find out more information and have a look at their food menu here.
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