The Urban Coffee House is situated at 6 Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. For those that don’t live in the Jesmond area, the Urban Coffee House is a 2 min walk from West Jesmond metro station and accessible by car. Directions can be found here.
I like to go for coffee so much so that I’m ashamed to admit I probably do this 6 times a week. I don’t want to add up how much I’d save if I drank it in the house because it’s not the same! You don’t get the same taste at home or the atmosphere that you get from a coffee shop.
The Urban Coffee House is not a huge café but can comfortably seat about 18 people inside with further outside seating. One thing that stands out is the huge range of drinks on offer. The Urban Coffee House claim to do the best milkshakes in the world, which is an ambitious claim; I can’t comment on this as due to my erratic stomach problems I’m no longer able to eat ice cream and these milkshakes contain half a litre!! Food wise the Urban Coffee House offer a selection of soups, Panini’s, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.
Mini Gourmand chose the big bacon butty Panini with tomato sauce (£2.90) washed down with a still water (£1.40). I had a Fish Finger sandwich with tartar sauce from the specials menu (specials prices range from £2.50 – £3.90) and an Americano (£2.15).
Mini Gourmand’s Panini contained two large slices of bacon with the fat removed; she only managed to eat half as the portion was so large!
My fish fingers were concealed in a lovely soft bread roll; the sharpness of the tartar sauce was a welcome accompaniment to the sweetness of the bread and the soft fish.
Both the bacon and fish fingers were served warm which was disappointing as I know from working in the food industry that reheated food should reach a core temperature of 75°C or above. I think the Urban Coffee House really needs to heat the hot sandwich fillings separately to the bread to allow this to happen.
Both myself and Mini Gourmand had the same criticism, it wasn’t about the actual sandwiches we had ordered but about the salad. I understand that it’s not always convenient or cost effective to make a salad yourself but the bagged salad on our plate was rather boring, there was no dressing making the salad dry, I personally wouldn’t have put it on the plate.
The Urban Coffee House score highly on the environmental front as they buy and use bio-degradable plastic packaging and their paper and cardboard products are all recycled.
Opening times are Monday – Saturday: 8AM – 6PM Sunday: 10AM – 5PM