January 15, 2017 Coffee shop, Newcastle No Comments

Coffee in Newcastle

After a delightful visit to Quilliam Brothers, I was beginning to think that Newcastle might be slightly more focussed on tea rather than coffee. I remembered having satisfying locally roasted Ouseburn at the Settle Down Cafe on a previous trip but I was keen to find other places.

Olive & Bean sign

This time I tried two places: Olive & Bean and Pink Lane Coffee.

Olive & Bean has been trading since 2008 and has a strong tea offering, along with a good selection of home-crafted savoury and sweet treats.

I kept things quick and simple with a double espresso (£1.65). They using Union Hand Roasted as their beans. This was soon with me in a branded cup.

Pink Lane exterior

It was prepared to a very good standard with a fruity brightness to it. As the first coffee of the day it hit the spot very nicely.

Next I headed towards the central train station where I found Pink Lane coffee on a nearby side-street called…Pink Lane.

Pink Lane cup

They’re roasting coffee in-house at a roastery nearby.

I was taking-away this time but again the cups were custom branded, using Edinburgh company Vegware.

Olive & Bean coffee

This espresso (£2.20) was beautifully balanced with brighter citrus notes resolving for deeply satisfying notes of coffee goodness. It was impressively good stuff.

So overall, I’m confident Newcastle has many other fine coffee places but these two seemed pretty good to me. Pink Lane in particular was first rate so I’d strongly recommend that to you next time you’re in The Toon.

Written by BKR