It was getting later in the day and we were both tired from walking. With around an hour before our train we looked for somewhere to stop for some tea and cake. Blakes popped up on google maps as being ‘cosy’. Which is how they describe themselves on their website, ‘everyone is made to feel welcome in this cosy hipster coffee shop.’
It was actually a little larger than I anticipated a ‘cosy’ cafe would be, and pretty empty (it was about 4:30pm on Friday). I also didn’t feel overwhelmed by hipster-ism. They don’t even seem to have avocado on their menu (maybe that’s too mainstream now?), but they do have soup and ‘artisan’ bread.
Anyway, we weren’t really eating properly and I just got a mint tea and chocolate muffin. The muffin was good (it had some kind of chocolate goo inside it), and the tea hit the spot. Although they boast a large selection of locally sourced loose leaf tea on the menu it merely says ‘herbal tea’. So you have to ask what they have in stock. As well as being a bit annoying, it means your choice of drink is partial determined by whether the member of staff can remember all the flavours of tea they stock.
It’s part of a larger pet peeve of mine; when places don’t have soft drinks on their menu. Lucky for Blakes they do put their other soft drinks on the menu, and I wasn’t the one ordering so they didn’t have to feel my wrath.*
Apart from that we found Blakes to be very pleasant! I was recommend if you’re passing along Grey Street. Although it did seem that there were quite a few interesting looking places along that road. Newcastle is spoilt for choice.
*My wrath sounds a lot like someone politely asking ‘what types of tea do you have?’