Valentine’s Day. The day of love. It also happened to be the day Alyson Archer chose to debut her new cafe in Newcastle city centre – Simply Cheesecake and Friends. I first met Alyson when she made the Teen a special Toblerone Cheesecake birthday a few years ago which he absolutely loved. As is well documented on this blog, cheesecake is his favourite dessert.
As well as attending foodie events and markets in the area, Simply Cheesecake also has a unit on the Team Valley but their delicious desserts from. I was also thrilled to discover back in April last year that Alyson had vegan cheesecakes available, which I featured in a post (you can read more here).
Launching a Crowdfunder campaign towards the end of last year, Alyson’s dream of a city centre cafe which also supports other local independents has come to fruition at long last. The walls are lined with the aforementioned ‘friends’, like Pete’s Puddin’ and Northumbrian Smokehouse. These will be traders you’ve probably encountered at the Quayside Market and summer food festivals, and it’s fantastic she is giving them a permanent retail space to sell their products.
It was hard to miss Simply Cheesecake on Dean Street with people peering at the window display of cheesecake slices as they walked past. Taking over a formal bridal shop, there’s definitely been a transformation since she took over the shop.
As well as cheesecakes on the menu, there are breakfasts and lunches on offer. For those who like bangers, sausage sandwiches made from the Northumbrian Sausage Company will be served up first thing with a hot drink for just £3.50. Soups and freshly made sandwiches are on offer. I’m looking forward to taking my mother-in-law while she’s visiting in the next few weeks, who I think will love the aesthetic of the cafe.
There are plans to allow others to host pop-up events here, which is great news for those of us who like to support the excellent street food vendors we have in the North East without permanent homes. The Team Valley store will remain too, but it is worth checking out Facebook for its opening times.
We took our cheesecakes to go on account of a train to catch. The Teen selected a Galaxy Ripple version while I picked Raspberry & Chocolate, which also happened to be dairy-free. It was £6.50 for the two, which are still handmade. At any one time there will be 18 varieties to chose from, so there’s bound to be something for everyone. I had two vegan varieties to pick when I visited too.
A big thumbs up from us, as usual, and we wish Alyson all the best with this new venture.
Thanks for reading,