When I heard we were getting a new cafe just opposite where we live I couldn’t wait for it to open. Anyone who knows us knows that Grant and I love nothing more than going out for coffee and a slice of cake, especially if it’s local so this was perfect for us. We watched for weeks as it all came together, and would try and sneak a look inside when we saw the workmen there transforming the place that was once a corner shop.
When it finally opened, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was so much more than just a cafe. I met Amy, the owner, and she explained that as well as a cafe, there would also be a deli, selling things like local cheeses, bread, coffee and ice cream as well as specially selected wine and rum. I loved that it was something a little bit different and that it was our new ‘local’.
We have been to Amy’s a handful of times since it opened and each time we go there have been new developments. Grant, as most of you know, is particular about his coffee, but he always gives two thumbs up to the coffee here. Amy uses Ouseburn Coffee Company as her coffee supplier which is always good, and gets the seal of approval from us! As well as good coffee, they have a good selection of other drinks available such as teas and hot chocolates, and a great selection of homemade cakes and scones to go with them.
The menu has a range of breakfasts, lunches and snacks available, all freshly made. I really want to try the corned beef pie, which my Mam and brother-in-law tried when they came round one evening, it’s one of my favourite treats and if it gets a good review from my Mam then it must be good. We did, however, try the baked potatoes a couple of weekends ago when we were so busy doing housework that we couldn’t be bothered to cook so decided to head out for lunch. I know a baked potato sounds basic, but it had to be the best one I’ve had in years! It was delicious.
I also have to mention the ice cream, another local treat, from Spurreli in Amble. I’m not usually one for ice cream but when I took two of my nephews over to Amy’s after school they both asked for ice cream and I couldn’t resist trying some and was really impressed. Wonderful flavour and so creamy! I’ll definitely be treating myself to more of that over the summer.
The really exciting news is that Amy’s now offers afternoon tea as well as Fizz Fridays and Sparkly Saturdays, where you can go along and enjoy a saucer of prosecco or, if you like something a bit different, Alnwick Rum. I think their rum and ginger beer sounds perfect for cold winter days!
Amy is still working on setting up the deli, but it is almost there and what she has done so far is fantastic. I love that so much of what she offers is locally sourced and she is always happy to promote other local businesses. She even uses De Giorgi, our local butcher in Cleadon, one of the best butchers around. She has put so much work into the cafe and it really shows. It’s such a cosy place and offers so much from delicious breakfasts to evening drinks, not to mention the foodie gifts you can pick up like Simply Pour and Bake cookie jars.
I would highly recommend popping along and supporting an up-and-coming local gem. It’s definitely handy for us to take our friends and family there for a cup of coffee when they come to visit, and so far they have all been very impressed.
I’d just like to welcome Amy to the street and I know she is already a hit! Her hard work is clearly paying off.