I’ve been putting off writing this review for ages and ages. Why? Because this is my most favourite place to have lunch in the whole of Newcastle. I love Olive & Bean so much (SO MUCH) that I feel my writing will not be able to convey and describe the love and delight I take in this lovely place. I hope that by just reading my few previous sentences you will want to go, but please don’t all rush at once – I would still like my little table to be free whenever I pop in!
Olive & Bean is a delicatessen/coffee shop. It’s full of chunky wooden tables and chairs, glass counters filled with traybakes of every kind and huge chalkboards with scrawls all over them. This place is pure indulgence.
Every time I go, I get so excited, knowing that a delicious lunch and a cake the size of my face is waiting for me! I’ve frequented this place more times than I can remember – but every time is delicious!
One look at their menu, and you know that you are going to be here a while! There is so much choice – with a range of options available for paninis, sandwiches and salads, as well as soup of the days and tasting platters! Paninis and sandwiches are served with kettle chips and homemade coleslaw on the side, and you will be shocked to see how much they can fit between two slices of bread! I’ve had a delicious thai curry soup and honey roast ham and home-made egg mayo sandwiches – just to name a few!
I wouldn’t blame you if you decided to opt out of savoury and head straight on over to sweet. Their display counters tempt you with home-made treats with original flavours like parsnip and ginger cake as well as the old favourites like caramel shortbread, rocky road and chocolate tiffin. If you weren’t in the mood for cake – grab a scone and some tea, or better yet go to Olive & Bean between 2pm and 5pm for Afternoon Tea (£13.99 for two people). I haven’t been for Afternoon Tea, but will treat me and MrJ to that soon!
Have I sold this place to you? Are you staring at the menu (which I so carefully and subtly hyper-linked into this review) and already starting to daydream about what you are going to order? I hope you have! You might ask, why have you not included images of your delicious food so that I can make a proper judgement. My answer is that 1) when you behold your food from Olive & Bean you are so overcome with delight that the thought of waiting to bite into your delicious sandwich to take a picture seems utterly ridiculous and 2) because of my previous reason, I hope I have tempted you even more to visit!
On your way out, be sure to have a look at their little deli stocked with chutneys, jams, olive oils, coffee and teas. There may be something lovely hiding there that you could pop into a Christmas hamper!
I hope this little place becomes as dear to your heart as it has to mine! If you need a break from Christmas shopping – get yourselves to Olive & Bean!
Olive & Bean is found on 17-19 Clayton Street (behind New Eldon Square) and is open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.