Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle is a quaint little cafe situated amongst the discount stores and charity shops of Newcastle’s Clayton Street. I used to frequent this establishment when I worked in an office round the corner, attracted by the fact they used local producers for their food. There have been a few changes of ownerships in this time, I believe, but the same commitment remains to this day. The menu predominantly features vegetarian and vegan dishes, which naturally appealed to Mr. Canny when I told him about it.
We visited for coffee and a pudding at the weekend, and it also gave us the opportunity to properly nose at the menu for future visits. Situated over two floors, it features quirky pieces of furniture and artwork. The upstairs has huge windows which affords you great people watching opportunities while sampling their vegan Chocolate Passion Cake or Lentil Dahl. We chose to sit downstairs amongst the bustle of the counter. There were people using the cafe almost like a co-working space, which I thought was surprising on a Sunday.
Mr. Canny ordered a Soy Milk Latte, while I had a Fairtrade Tea. All of the desserts sounded delicious, but after our lunch (review coming soon!) we only could manage one between us. We opted for their Apple and Berry Crumble, which was served with something called Swedish Glace. When it arrived we questioned the waitress as to whether it was vegan, wary of our recent experience at Heaton Ingredient. She assured us it was. This dairy free alternative to ice cream was so good I couldn’t believe it myself! The crumble itself was pleasant enough, but the accompaniment for us was the star of the show.
For under a tenner this was a great little afternoon treat for us both. Mr. Canny really enjoyed it, especially the fact he got the right coffee first time round. Next time we’ll definitely try out their savoury options, and look forward to sharing our thoughts. We left to head straight for Waitrose to pick up some Swedish Glace 🙂
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