Thursday, 16 May 2013

Olive and Bean Coffee Shop


Olive and Bean - Newcastle
Thursday 16th May 2013

So, me and my mam spend most of our time in coffee shops and today we tried a different one: Olive and Bean (NE1 5PN).  Having been to most of the coffee shops in Newcastle I tend to know which shops do what best; now I've found where to go for a good sandwich. Olive and Bean has possibly the biggest selection I have ever seen, the menu features 53 sandwich varieties; 20 salads and 19 paninis not to mention a range of cakes.

I could have quite happily have ordered the entire menu twice over but settled for a Roast Chicken with Tomato and Onion Chutney on Granary Baguette (See picture, I didn't think to take one until I was already half-way through eating it) and my mam ordered West Country Creamy Brie, Grapes and Cranberry on

Granary Baguette. The only way I can think of describing it is lush (how horrendously Geordie) and judging by all of the 30 seconds it took my mam to eat hers she would have said the same, had she stopped for breath. We followed this by having a caramel slice, this took awhile to pick also as there were nearly as many cakes as sandwiches. On the whole the food at Olive and Bean tasted particularly non-processed (is that an actual term?), the shop source food locally where possible and all of the ingredients used are fair trade (yay!).

The cafe  has quite a cute layout without the downfall common to many places of having to sit on the knee of the person next to you in order for it to appear cosy. They have numerous sofas dotted about perfect for a coffee catch-up but don't expect to be able to peel yourself up from them; you're stuck there with coffee flowing for the whole afternoon.

My aim is to eat every non-seafood sandwich on the menu, because why put fish in a sandwich? 

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK


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