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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review

Hurrah! The end of the summer holidays means that Steve and I can enjoy our regular grown up lunches again. We usually have a trip out and try somewhere new on Steve's day off every couple of weeks but the summer holidays put a temporary stop to this as we seemed to bleed money over the holidays and lunch for 5 is very rarely cheap. Plus it's just not as relaxing when you share your table with three kids whose favourite pastimes include winding each other up, kicking each other under the table and moaning that they are starving if their food doesn't arrive as soon as we sit down! So on Steve's first day off, we headed to Quilliam Brothers which is a teahouse in Newcastle City Centre just across the road from the Civic Centre and ideal for Newcastle University, Northern Stage, Haymarket and the Hancock Museum. 

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review

Quilliam Brothers is the sort of establishment where you hang by the entrance and the next available member of staff will find you a table. It was busy when we visited on a weekday lunchtime (which was out of University term time so I guess it must be CRAZY busy when term begins) and we had a 20 minute wait for a table. We didn't mind though as we weren't in a rush and there were lots of local magazines to keep us entertained. There was even a large sketch pad by the window where you were encouraged to doodle as you waited. Sweet.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review

Quilliam Brothers is primarily a teahouse. There are over 60 types of tea to choose from and I love this leather-bound tea menu you are handed as you enter.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - Tea Menu

I am not a tea drinker, but was pleased to see local favourites Canny Milkshake on the menu and promptly ordered myself one.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - Canny Milkshake

Lunch is served from 11am - 3pm. What I liked about Quilliam Brothers is that they value local traders, alongside Canny Shakes, their stotties are custom made by Sugar Down Bakery on Westgate Road, their meat is sourced from local butchers and their veg is from the UK sourced by local suppliers. The lunch menu is small and based around stotties & salads. I much prefer a smaller menu as usually, it means that a place only offers a few things but does them really well and that's certainly the case with Quilliam.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - Geordie Rarebit
Geordie Rarebit

I ordered the Geordie Rarebit - Cheese, Mustard and Brown Ale on toast served with homemade roasties and salad. A nice and filling lunch at £6.95 with just the right amount of mustard.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - The Big Q Sandwich
The Big-Q Stottie

Steve went for the The Big-Q which is slow roasted beef in a stottie with cheese and burger sauce (also served with salad and homemade roasties for £6.95). This sandwich was absolutely bursting with flavour and I think I'd be tempted to order it next time.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - Espresso and Chocolate Brownie

We ended our lunch with two espressos & a caramel chocolate brownie to share which was divine. We should have ordered two!

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review - Chocolate Caramel Brownie

Service wasn't the quickest, however all of the staff were utterly charming and once you had a table there was no rush to give it up. Quilliam Brothers is open until midnight and they serve cake and baked goods all day. It is the ideal spot to meet with a friend in town when you don't want the loud music/ambience of a bar or restaurant and just want to sit and have a good long gossip over tea and cake.

Quilliam Brothers Teahouse | Newcastle - Lunch Menu Review

Our total bill was just under £20 for the two of us which I think was very cheap considering we had a couple of drinks each, the food was fresh & local and we had 2 courses.

Le me know if you've ever visited Quilliam Brothers or if you have any suggestions for where we should visit for our next lunch date.

Disclosure: We paid for our own lunch and drinks. 
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19 comments

  1. I have been a couple of times before and enjoyed it. I had a salad with butternut squash in one time and it was amazing! The teas are really reasonably priced. I like tea sutra (also in town) but it gets expensive when you order more than one tea. Whilst it's pretty cheap here :-)

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  2. I've only been once for breakfast and it was so good. I definitely want to go in the evening some time, it looks like such a cool place to hang out!

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  3. I love this place I mainly to try a new tea and for 2.50 the pot seems last for a eternity. It's some where different and feels very remeincent of the tea culture of Bosina and Turkey.

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  4. Ooooh, that brownie looks beyond scrumptious! Love a bit of caramel.

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  5. Oh I love chocolate milkshake! Despite not being a tea drinker I do love a cute little tea house, and this one looks wonderful!

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  6. It all looks so nice, I love the chocolate milkshake carton my Daughter would love that. Such a shame it is too far for me to visit x

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  7. What a lovely looking tea house if i ever go to Newcastle I'll have to try and remember this place.

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  8. This sounds and looks like a lovely place to eat out. The food looks so so good. Angela

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  9. You made the best food choice and the caramel brownie looks amazing. Such a cute place to eat x

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  10. The rarebit looks just absolutely amazing, such a comforting dish x

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  11. Wow sounds really affordable. Looks like s fab place to eat.

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  12. The food looks great, a very lovely lunch menu!

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  13. We love a good tearoom! Betty's is our favourite. This looks fab too xx

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  14. I like small menus too, it's so much easier to choose when you only have a few options, and you are right, if the menu is small it does mean that the food must be cooked to perfection. That sandwich looks amazing by the way :)

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  15. Oh wow! This place looks fantastic!! Food looks amazing

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  16. oh my, i love that chocolate milk carton! it made me giggle

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  17. What a great place! The food looks lovely too.

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  18. What a cute little place. That looks like some epic cheese on toast too!

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  19. What a fab looking place! That chocolate milk carton is absolutely hilarious!! I love rarebit too and would like to give that one a go!!

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