Hailed by some as Newcastle’s best kept secret, Oak Cafe hides out on the first floor of the Barker & Stonehouse furniture store in the Strawberry Buildings right in the city centre. Head up here and be treated to a diverse selection of drinks and light meals after a hard day’s retail therapy or before you head to nearby St. James’ Park for the game. Dishes represented on the regular menu match locally-sourced ingredients with a considered number of imports for an international offering. Other ways to approach Oak is to book an afternoon tea – with optional Prosecco – or just sit up with coffee and cake and make use of the free WiFi. Find Oak on the corner of Strawberry Place and Leazes Park Road, but be sure to book, especially during peak times.
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We had the afternoon tea as a birthday treat for my Mum, at first I was a little taken aback by the cafes position in a corner of the bed department surrounded by stock, but once I got over the initial ‘this is it’ I was pleasantly surprised but the quality of the food and service, they couldn’t do enough for us and the afternoon tea was quite a spread 3 sandwiches each a selection of cakes and of course scones cream, butter and jam. It topped of our day in Newcastle in style I would definitely go again, and will be recommending the oak cafe to local relatives.
Lovely staff, excellent food, good choice. Could not ask for anything else.S The ham soup was home made and full of everything, the prawn salad was delicious and the tiffin bar to die for!