Sunday 25 January 2015

Scrumpy Willow + the Singing Kettle

Quite simply, a weekend just isn't a weekend without a laid-back and hearty brunch to satisfy the soul. There's always time for brunchin'. While rustling up foodie delights with your own fair hands is certainly a beautiful thing, a slow-paced Saturday (and/or Sunday) is even more of a treat when the food magically lands on the table. For my latest little brunch jaunt, I popped to the sweetest of spots in Newcastle, accompanied by my equally sweet friend Juju. Having walked past Scrumpy Willow + the Singing Kettle - and salivated over the menu - a bunch of times before, I felt it was about time I gave into temptation and sampled their fine gastronomical wares. 

Located right in the city centre, this unassuming and adorable café is (wo)manned by friendly staff who serve up a simple but scrumptious selection of - predominantly vegetarian and vegan - fresh food and drink. From smoothies, to sweet treats, to savoury dishes, all their fare is sustainably sourced and made up of real, quality ingredients; not an E number in sight (no thank you). 

Quite uncharacteristically for my characteristically indecisive self, it didn't take me two seconds to settle on my order: the 'Vegan Traditional' - a wholesome platter of puy lentils, potato cake, spinach, slow-roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, homemade baked beans and their freshly baked bread (a choice of white, wholewheat or gluten free). Together with the top-notch soya latte and lovely company, last Saturday's Scrumpy Willow stop made for the perfect start to a contented kinda weekend. Needless to say, I'll be back.

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