A few weeks ago, I was researching places to try and stumbled upon Cafe 21 at Fenwick's breakfast menu. All it took was one quick look and I was hooked. This was where we were going to visit next.
Cafe 21 at Fenwick is part of the renowned 21 Hospitality Group so we had high hopes for our breakfast. You can find Cafe 21 tucked away in the corner of Fenwick's first floor yet once inside you would not believe you were inside a department store. The interior is stylish and contemporary with an open kitchen and attentive and friendly staff.
Newcastle was quiet on the day of our visit yet this restaurant was bustling. There was an eclectic mix of business meetings, friends meeting for a catchup and regulars. I loved how the front of house team walked around the room and skilfully knew who to chat to and who to leave alone. Cafe 21 is obviously a regular haunt for many as a lot of customers were greeted like old friends and their families asked after. Lovely!
First up were the drinks - as it is January and we are on a health kick we both ordered a mango and passionfruit smoothie (£3.20). These are made fresh to order and were the perfect way to receive a boost of vitamins. They were nice and thick (too thick to drink with a straw) and really were delicious. I had to order an Americano too - I can't pass up the chance of good coffee and this one certainly hit the spot - strong, rich and intense, just how I like it.
Next up was the food - I had intentions of ordering the homemade granola with berries and yoghurt however I do have this every morning at home and was too tempted by the sound of Cinnamon toast with red berry compote and greek yoghurt (£5.50) so ordered this instead. I was asked if we were ok for time as this was a dish that took a little longer than others due to being finished in the oven. In reality it only probably added another 5 minutes to our wait but it was lovely to be asked.
My dish was certainly worth the wait! When I ordered toast I did not expect this, it was amazing! Lightly spiced on the outside and deliciously soft with an almost creamy texture on the inside I was in bread heaven (let's just forget about the health kick for a while). The berry compote and yoghurt were the perfect accompaniments to my spiced bread and I have to declare this is a pretty perfect breakfast for Winter.
Hubby ordered Scrambled eggs, smoked Salmon and toasted soda bread (£8.20). Everything was perfectly cooked and well seasoned. No complaints. There are six different egg dishes on the breakfast menu at Cafe 21 Fenwick from Eggs Benedict to Souffle and even boiled eggs with soldiers. Definitely worth a visit if you're a fan of eggs in the morning.
During our visit I was interested to read about afternoon tea at Cafe 21 Fenwick. Priced from £6 for cream tea to £19 for full champagne afternoon tea I'm sure this would be delightful. Confectioner's tea really caught my eye - £16 for two people including fruit scones, plain scones, jam, clotted cream followed by a selection of delicate pastries and cakes all served with your choice of tea. This seems like a bargain to me and I will certainly be booking up during my next girly shopping trip to town.
Cafe 21 Fenwick is certainly recommended by us as a top breakfast spot in Newcastle.
Do you have any suggestions of where we can visit for breakfast next? I would love to hear your comments.