Cake Stories is one of those amazing cosy cafes you could easily spend hours in without even realising the time. Located on Brentwood Avenue in Jesmond, the cafe has grown in popularity over the few years it’s been there thanks to it’s homely atmosphere, huge range of tea and coffee, and seriously delicious home baked cakes.
My favourite time to visit is in the morning because I love their breakfast menu! Their breakfast in a jar is literally Pinterest brought to life in front of your very eyes and it tastes delicious too, with thick Greek style yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit. Before I delve further into the menu options I have to mention the staff. The two ladies who run Cake Stories are so lovely, as are all the staff actually. I always apologise when I’m in there as I take SO long to decide what to have.
They’re happy for you to sit and choose at your leisure, it’s definitely not a rushed through Starbucks or Costa experience. They opened Cake Stories as a coffee and cake house, after fine tuning their recipes and personal creations, first opening their doors in 2015. I discovered it from years of visiting Julie Carter and Arlo along there when living in Gosforth, but now I’m down at the coast I still love to go in usually on the way back from town.
Back to the menu, they have about eight of them, all clipped on clipboards to easily flick through. There’s the breakfast menu, which is a killer to choose from, doorstop toast, breakfast in a jar, fun topped cereals and bagels to name a few. The smoked salmon and cream cheese is my favourite it’s so good. The lunch and brunch menu has the likes of soup, sandwiches, salads, as well as the fashionable avocado on toast or the old favourite beans on toast.
The drinks menus are extensive, all types of coffee concoctions, green teas have an entire page to themselves, black teas, and a traditional ‘nice cup of tea’. It’s actually on the menu as that too ha! Then there’s the afternoon tea menu, which includes all the usual sandwiches, scones, cakes and unlimited tea. You do need to book in advance though so they can fully prepare. I’ve not tried it myself yet but it’s one I definitely want to.
They also have the best lemonade known to humanity!
I’ve left the best year round menu until last, the cake and bake menu which has things like Nutella cake, salted caramel brownies, coconut and lemon slice and my all time favourite red velvet. Last time I was in they even had red velvet in a jar. I’ve had red velvet, orange and elderflower and the coconut and lemon recently and they were unbelievable. They’re all home made and fresh, and you can really tell compared to the mass produced bakes and slices you get from big chains.
You can enjoy all this from one of the wooden tables, the big squishy sofas in the window, or if the weathers good the tables outside. Take away is an option as well especially with the choices in a jar, and the cakes can be boxed up too. I much prefer sitting in though, it’s a really friendly atmosphere and there’s free wifi. It’s very cosy in the winter with all the twinkly fairy lights, and they’re open until 9:30pm (9pm on Saturdays) and so great for cold dark evenings to warm up with a cuppa and comfort food.
As far as cafes go, and I do love a good cafe, this is one of my local favourites. It has the character and friendly feel that a lot of busy cafes fail to hold on to, and it has a high quality home made menu. I introduced Nige and Viv to it a few weeks ago, and they now often get the metro up to Jesmond for a walk in Jesmond Dene and brunch afterwards at Cake Stories. They’re creatures of habit so tearing them away from their old walk of the sea front and Crusoes was no easy task. If my dad approves of Cake Stories it must be a winner!
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