Last Thursday evening I attended the V.I.P launch of Hive Coffee Company, a cafe based in Jarrow Hall which opened at the weekend. The cafe is a collaboration between two friends, Eve McPadden and Sarah Daglish, and they're helping bring the old Bede's world site back to life. I remember visiting Bede's world on a school trip in year 3 and was sad to hear of its closure. But thanks to the the charity Groundwork the site has been re-launched in October 2016 as Jarrow Hall, Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum.
The cafe itself is based in Jarrow Hall, a Grade II listed 18th century mansion, which is absolutely stunning! As soon as I walked in the doors I instantly wanted to move in; with stripped wooden floors, splashes of grey and reclaimed wooden chairs, gives a real Scandinavian minimalist vibe that I'm obsessed with at the moment. With the large bay windows and high ceilings the cafe feels fresh and airy, but personal touches such as books and plants gives a really homely feel and you'll never want to leave.
Not only does the cafe look beautiful, but the food tastes beautiful too. We were lucky enough to sample a number of dishes in a little buffet spread and I can honestly say it was all delicious. Its really refreshing to be in a cafe which offers healthy food to eat, especially with lots of veggie, vegan and gluten free options too. Its so common now to go out for coffee and be bombarded with unhealthy sandwiches and food laden with cheese and mayo. I love going out for coffee on a weekend, but I'm also trying to eat better and want to be able to eat food when I'm out without worrying too much about my waistline.Saying that, I've got to give a big shout out to the desserts available, as myself and my friend Kate spent the majority of our time hovering around the cake and biscuits. Have yourself a healthy salad for lunch and you can treat yourself to a bit of cake afterwards, balance right?
We managed to nibble our way through chocolate cake, crispy marshmallow easter bars and my favourite vanilla sponge cake. This instantly brought me back to memories of school, you remember that amazing cake you'd get in your school dinners (ours often served with pink custard) it tasted exactly like that and I could not get enough of it.
It wasn't until we had left I realised I didn't actually try and coffee, so I guess it means I'll have to have a trip back sometime, you know for research. But I'm sure you'll be in safe hands as Sarah, who I actually went to uni with, is the current regional Starbucks Barista Champion for 2016. With great food, a great atmosphere and in a truly stunning surrounding I think Hive Coffee Company is going to be a huge hit, I just wish I lived closer so I could go more often.
I was invited to sample Hive Coffee Company for free however all opinions are my own.