Cafés in Newcastle: things to know before you go
Here we answer some of the most popular questions about cafés in Newcastle – from the best places to go, to what you can expect to find in an afternoon tea.
Which are the best cafes in Newcastle?
It's down to personal choice of course as to which Newcastle cafés are best, but you can narrow down your search using our customer reviews as a useful guide. And there are a few places near you that are a great starting point.
- Maldron Hotel is the perfect spot to enjoy the sights while tasting a traditional afternoon tea and sparkling cocktail.
- Ghiaccio in South Shields offers quiche and other savoury treats, as well as cakes, tray bakes and Buck's Fizz.
- Delicious Decadence's chocolate-themed tea is perfect for chocaholics. Get ready to indulge.
Where can I enjoy afternoon tea with kids in Newcastle?
There are some lovely kid-friendly cafés in Newcastle where you can all enjoy afternoon tea together.
- Try a Mad Hatter afternoon tea at How Do You Do in North Shields with chocolate flower plant pots, swirly lollypop and pink flamingo lemonade for the perfect afternoon fairy-tale.
- Dappers Afternoon Tea Rooms cues up a cute little kids’ tea with finger sandwiches, cupcakes, vegetable sticks and fruit juice, together with a personalised tiered cake stand to keep them amused, while you enjoy a treat too.
- There are five delicious and different options for afternoon tea served at The Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, one of which is the kid-friendly serving, loaded with tasty cakes and mini ice creams.
What types of sandwiches are served at afternoon tea?
The humble sandwich is one of the key components to a memorable afternoon tea, ranging from classic fillings to something a little more indulgent. And if you're looking for healthy or even vegan menu options at an afternoon tea in Newcastle, then you'll love the range of sandwiches on offer at these quality food and drink establishments.
- Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill. Prepare for a culinary classic, including Wiltshire ham with mustard, sliced cucumber with light cream cheese, and rare roast beef with horseradish.
- How Do You Do. This themed afternoon tea delivers some tasty savoury sandwiches including Northumbrian ham and pease pudding, and cream cheese with cucumber.
- Tyneside Cinema. An unusual venue for a light meal, but well worth sticking around for the credits – with chicken brioche rolls and homemade mayonnaise, smoked salmon and cream cheese, and a quirky toasted cheese sarnie to boot.
What are the most popular types of coffee?
Since the high street went barista-barmy, we’ve welcomed a wider variety of flavours, tastes and preparations in our coffee. Here are a few of the more popular ones you're likely to find at restaurants and cafés in Newcastle.
- Espresso. Boiling water is forced through finely ground coffee beans for an intense flavour.
- Macchiato. An espresso coffee with a small amount of foamed milk added to the top.
- Cappuccino. A double espresso with hot milk, topped with milk foam and latté art.
- Latté. This milky drink consists of a combination of espresso and lots of steamed milk.
- Mochaccino. An espresso with hot milk, chocolate syrup, milk froth and various toppings.
- Flat white. This small coffee consists of an espresso served with microfoamed milk. It is similar to a latte, but smaller and stronger.