Blake's is situated on Grey Street which is definitely Newcastle's most famous and magnificent street. You will find it just across the road and a little walk down from The Theatre Royal.
I would describe the atmosphere as having a laid back buzz about it if that makes sense. You could easily spend a few hours relaxing here reading the papers and watching the world go by (the window seats are perfect for people watching) and you could equally visit Blake's for a quick business meeting or catch up with friends. There were plenty of people popping in and out.
We ordered our coffee at the bar and I have to say I was super impressed - definitely up there with some of the best coffee I've had. I like mine black, strong and plentiful and this cup really hit the spot.
We grabbed a seat at one of the wooden tables and mulled over the breakfast choices.
I decided to order the American Buttermilk pancakes with bacon and syrup (£6.50) and Steve went for the Big breakfast stottie - a stottie filled with sausage, bacon, black pudding and egg served with tea, coffee or juice (£5.50). We ordered at the counter where we were given our cutlery and our own bottle of HP sauce.
Service was unbelievably quick and our breakfast was brought out in under 5 minutes.
My pancakes were nice but I think I have been spoilt with pancakes from the sugarloaf as nothing else has ever compared. Steve's stottie was definitely the star of the show - all of the ingredients were of a high quality and the egg was perfectly runny. Next time I visit I am definitely going to order a sausage and bacon stottie which are a bargain at £3.25.
We really enjoyed our visit to Blakes - lovely atmosphere, perfect location, fresh and tasty food plus prompt service. I will definitely be popping in for a coffee next time I'm in town.
- Monday-Thursday 7am-7pm
- Friday 7am-late
- Saturday 7am-7pm
- Sunday 9am-6pm