Wildflower’s closure on Westgate Road earlier in the year was a disappointing turn of events in the vegan community. At a time when plant-based food is gaining popularity, it was a shame to see the cafe (and Sweet Memories at the Study Cafe, as it also transpired) no longer with a Newcastle presence and the number of officially vegan establishments fall to just one (The Ship Inn).
It appeared this was a temporary blip, however, and the owners of Wildflower announced there was an exciting new location lined up. Asher and Jessica were moving to the other side of the Tyne and were setting up in a shipping container just off Felling Bypass. Hardly to most salubrious of locations, granted, but looking round its new home and I’m excited for its official reopening soon. Even with work left to be completed, the interior looks stylish and cosy and features artwork by Jessica.
While waiting for their new home to be completed they have decided to set up in nearby Dynamix Skatepark. I took a non-vegan friend along for lunch as I wanted to show my support and see what was on the menu. Facilities are a little limited at the moment, so there isn’t a huge menu, but we ordered a fair chunk -for review purposes, of course – to sample the selection.
Featuring a soup option and a range of sharing plates (all £4), all of the food on offer at Wildflower is vegan. The Scandinavian-style cheeses that formed the basis of the dish also appears in the subscription boxes Wildflower dispatch each month. You can read a review of this service here. I have given my friend dairy free cheese in the past so I was particularly interested to see what her reaction was to this cashew-based alternative. Rather surprisingly she enjoyed them, although she did say one lacked flavour compared to the others. All had the perfect texture to spread on the crackers, and all I felt was needed to pep it up was perhaps a chutney or jam to accompany.
The Bruschetta plate featured Pea, Cheese and Squash toasts. My particular favourite was the Cheese, which was topped with thinly sliced pear and a drizzle of maple syrup. The contrasting textures and sweetness worked well together and is something I plan on trying out at home for an alternative breakfast.
There was a choice of vegetable plates and we opted for the sweet potato dish. The punch from the harissa dressing was balanced by the freshness of the pea shoot salad and the creamy dressing. We felt suitably full, although Laura really wanted to try the cakes and took a slice of Lemon Drizzle home.
The relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Wildflower means it is a great place to pop into for lunch, although I think because it is tucked away and not visibly present at the moment many people have no clue where it is. The fresh approach to vegan food was a big hit with my friend and gave her food for thought about how versatile my lifestyle is for dining out. Hopefully once the shipping container is completed the business will go from strength to strength, and I’m looking forward to trying out one of their Supper Clubs soon. For more information about opening times check out their Facebook page here.
Thanks for reading,