I’ve been able to enjoy vegan cake on my lunch break recently, although I’m not entirely sure this is a good thing for my waistline. Working in the Newburn area of Newcastle, I had previously been limited to picking up a plain baked tattie or the occasional soup from the local sarnie shops. I hadn’t realised – until some kindly folk on Twitter and Facebook alerted me, that is – to the existence of Knights by the Burn round the corner.
I popped along recently after forgetting to pick up my bait as I left for work in the morning (anyone else as ditzy as that?!) and was surprised I haven’t noticed it as I’ve passed through Newburn in the past. Parking was a little bit of a struggle during the week, although I think on a weekend when surrounding businesses are closed it might be a bit easier. There’s a nice outdoor area which will be lovely in the summer months for an al fresco lunch.
Vegan options weren’t mentioned on the menu, although I spotted their infamous Chocolate Cake when I ventured to the counter. I was told that there is always a soup option, as well as a variety of sandwiches and breakfasts that can be rustled up to order. The owners were really friendly and said that the cake was really popular, which is great to hear. They also have plant milk available.
I ordered an open sandwich with hummus, avocado, grilled peppers and tomatoes. It was quite filling so had to take my cake away with me to have later in the afternoon. This lunch certainly trumped limp sarnies I had prepared at home.
It was around £17 for two drinks, two sandwiches and my slice of cake, so not exactly a budget option, but the cafe itself is comfortable and stylish so a great spot to head to for a leisurely lunch.
While I couldn’t stretch to eating here every day, I will definitely visit again as a treat.
I enjoyed the cake as an afternoon treat with a cuppa when I was feeling less full and I’d recommend popping in for a slice. It was the right balance of chocolatey fudge without being too sickly sweet. I was offered cream but unfortunately no dairy free alternative were available. I recommend they pop to Asda to pick up some of Food Heaven’s squirty cream or Alpro’s soya single cream to have just as a back up.
Thanks for reading,