This past week has been ‘UK Coffee Week‘; a nationwide fundraising campaign that takes place in 1000’s of coffee shops. The donations for the initiative go towards the charity, ‘Project Waterfall’.
The charity is dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities. Sounds great, right? With this being said I thought I’d stick with the theme and share some of our favourite coffee shops in the North East. I’m also including some we REALLY want to visit!
Coffee Shops We’ve Visited …
Harvest Canteen & Coffee House, Newcastle
Harvest Coffee in Newcastle is the original canteen from Ouseburn Coffee Co. roasters. It was also one of my student haunts during my time living in Jesmond. It was often a post yoga spot with their flat whites in particular hitting the spot. Typing that last sentence was an outer body experience – who do I think I am?
The cafe offers a laid back atmosphere and minimalist styling, serving all-day breakfast including a gorgeous avocado smash!
Mint Hobo, Yarm
We did a blog post about Mint Hobo back in September and loved it that much I thought I’d include it in this list. Located in the charming market town of Yarm, ( which we’ve also featured previously — read it here) as well as serving gorgeous coffee you’ll also find freshly-made juices, smoothies and their own unique blend of Mint Hobo tea. For the food you can expect a variety of different cakes, cookies and scones. Delicious!
Bedford St Coffee, Middlesbrough
As the name suggests, located on Middlesbrough’s thriving Bedford Street; a revamped area of the town with lots of fantastic eateries, you’ll find this coffee lover’s haven. Serving Rounton Coffee, the cafe was partly funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign with £10,000 raised. Yes, people do love Rounton Coffee that much. They serve a selection of single origin coffees; each with distinguishing tasting notes. They also do amazing traybakes with the salted caramel one being my favourite.
One of Northern Niche Sharon’s favourite pit stops is Olive and Bean. She’s a bit of an afternoon tea afficionado as well as a coffee one — well we both love cake and that makes us bona fide afficonados, right? It’s right in Newcastle city centre so we often used to call in when she used to come visit me at uni.
The same can be said about Cake Stories when I lived in Jesmond. That was another regular pitstop for coffee and cake when the fam called in.
Coffee Shops We’d Like To Visit Next …
Pink Lane Coffee, Newcastle
Located just a stone’s throw from Newcastle’s Central Station, Pink Lane Coffee is somewhere I’ve walked past many a time but never ventured in. They are dedicated to providing Newcastle with the best coffee possible and also try to source all of their food locally including the ‘Northumbrian Pedigree’ milk. They serve a variety of tasty sandwiches with quite a few vegetarian options all made fresh on a daily basis.
Opposite Cafe, Leeds
This coffee stop always seems to be featured in ‘best’ lists and although it’s not North East it’s still Northern so I’ve put it on my list as I will be down in Leeds in the next couple of weeks.
So there you have a selection of some of our favourite ‘Northern Niche’ coffee shops ! Have you been to any of these? What are your thoughts on them? What would you add to the list?