If you are in Newcastle, I want you to go to this place. Just go, and try the food- and you will never say that vegetarian food is boring again. Ever. If you are looking to enjoy some edgier, tastier, and healthier comfort food this is the place to be. I’m planning on becoming a regular.
The Scrumpy Willow and Singing Kettle ( or as I fondly call it, Scrumpy) is a vegetarian and vegan café to die for- and meat eaters never fear, there are pescatarian and carnivore options available too. The café prides itself on producing healthy food, using locally sourced produce- and it is completely right to. A short walk from Monument, and literally a stone’s throw from Grainger Market, this is one for if you happen to be in the centre and also on a health kick. But you may be best to book if you’re going for lunch; it does get busy there.
The first time I visited this place I dragged two friends along for
the ride, and we weren’t too sure what to expect. Well, expect to find yourself in a cosy, homely atmosphere complete with solid wooden furniture and comfy cushions. At the counter you’ll find a selection of cakes (I once saw a tray of cookies that could have been used for paving slabs, I kid you not), and also a few friendly members of staff. That’s one of the things that makes this place so special: the welcoming atmosphere. The staff are cheerful and more than happy to help, or make recommendations if you’re stumped by the menu. It was on staff recommendation that I chose a ‘Karma Cooler’ smoothie (I was going to get the ‘High Kick’, but the chef had used all the carrots making carrot and orange soup- that’s another thing, they make all their own soup and bread. The bread is delicious, and available in wholemeal, white, and gluten free. As I told my mum, it was even nearly as good as hers. I lied; it was better. Marginally. It’s a good thing she doesn’t read my blog). The smoothies are all made on premises, and although I would describe them more as juices, are never the less wholesome and delicious. Other drinks featuring on the menu are a variety of coffees, teas, juices, and lemonades.
For vegetarians there is the HLT (halloumi cheese, lettuce, tomato sandwich), mashed bananas and honey on toast, soup, eggs Florentine, omelettes, a veggie full English- and a vegan full English too- porridge….the list goes on and on. For meat lovers: the classic BLT, sausages, mackerel, kippers, sardines, a classic full English…This is all before I get to the main meals and evening menu. This features desserts such as sticky toffee pudding, a house crumble, and vegan cheesecake- all homemade. One homemade dish I recommend you try is Scrumpy’s baked beans, described as “spicy tomato pinto beans” these little beany beauties come on top of two slices of that homemade toast. Heinz will never taste the same again.
Fancy giving The Scrumpy Willow and Singing Kettle a try? Take a look at their website, opening times, and menu right here: