The road trip has reached Newcastle and it’s lunchtime. As we walk round the city centre there are hundreds of places to eat but they seem to be filled with people who are simply drinking and not eating! Violets is unusual in being an unlicensed establishment in Newcastle. Even more unusual for us to choose to eat there – given my affinity with beer and wine. But, we go in because the food being served looks so inviting.
Non-alcoholic drinks can be boring but not here. I have a fabulous pink grapefruit juice while Rock has the botanically brewed Fentimans Curiosity Cola. Violets is a small cafe but it offers a great variety of freshly cooked dishes. Rock and I share a substantial bowl of tagliatelle carbonara with garlic bread. The pasta is beautiful and mixed plenty of good quality pancetta, real mushrooms and a delightfully creamy sauce.
Rock moves on to a fine lemon & raspberry drizzle cake, while I enjoy the rhubarb pannacotta. Pieces and shavings of rhubarb, plus honeycomb that carries an impressively strong honey flavour, all sit on the set pannacotta. Remarkable!
Not the sort of experience we had expected to find in Newcastle…but we love it. Great, friendly service too!
Postcript: Violets tell me they do have a license which they use for serving Prosecco with their afternoon teas. Violets was named as one of the Top 30 places in the UK to visit for a classic afternoon tea!