Graze is a fabulous little cafe situated within the Land Rover shop at Royal Quays. Royal Quays is perfect for bargain hunters and hosts a number of discounted shops such as Clarks, M&S, Thorntons, Gap, Next and many more. International readers may be more familiar with the DFDS International passenger terminal at North Shields which is a stones throw away from Royal Quays. If you ever visit the North Shields area I suggest you pay Graze a visit!
The Graze cow is probably the first thing you will notice whilst walking through Royal Quays, both children and adults were seen using the cow as a photography prop, children were feeding the cow grass and babies were being sat on the cows back.
At the time of writing the cow will be fenced into a barrier, unfortunately the sheer amount of traffic going up to the novelty cow has resulted in foot imprints in the grass, sitting your child on top of a fake cow is also not a very good idea people, the cow may be there to look pretty but let’s not be silly, you wouldn’t sit on a real cow so lets respect the graze cow and view from afar!
The lights are probably one of my favourite features, sleek and stylish and also looking like an upside down feeding trough which keeps in with the ‘Graze’ theme.
The Steel counter is something I really love, I’ve seen something similar in an art gallery cafe where the steel had actually been left outside to rush the rusting process and it looked amazing.
I’m sure you will agree that the steel and glass counters work really well together.
The tables are chic and the chairs surprisingly comfortable
Ok enough with the decor let’s get on with the good stuff!
The glass display cabinets are a great idea, I don’t know anyone who would be able to resist something to eat after looking into them!
Graze offers a good selection of Hot and Cold food, cakes and pastries. Prices are very reasonable and the portion sizes are good.
Both Myself and Mr Gourmand had an americano coffee, surprisingly many places get coffee so wrong, it’s either too strong, not strong enough too hot or not hot enough. The coffee from Graze was both hot and flavoursome.
The lemon sponge slice was moist and tangy with hidden jam inside making this a delicious treat. So often sponge cakes are dry and have either too much icing or not enough, the ratio here was perfect.
We decided to share a Chilli Beef Panini, I’m glad we opted to share as this was a monster, filled to the brim with minced beef , mexican beans and cheese, hot and delicious, more than enough for two people.
The Frangipane tart was delicious, I think the picture speaks for itself to be honest, it tasted as good as it looked!
Next time you’re in the North Shields / Royal Quays area I urge you to try Graze!