5 reasons to visit Newcastle’s newest bakery, PureKnead
This artisan bakery has already captured the hearts (and tastebuds) of Whitley Bay locals, but now they've opened their second shop right in the city centre. Here's what's all the fuss is about...
1. Improve your morning commute
Nothing beats a morning coffee to start your day. But having a cuppa at home never tastes the same as a freshly brewed coffee, right? If you’re lucky enough to be working in Newcastle, why not get your caffeine fix on your commute at PureKnead? Whether you’re after a cappuccino, flat white or americano, pop by their handily-located Dean Street store, grab yourself a cuppa and you’ll feel ready to take on the day.
Make your commute that extra special by treating yourself to a cheeky croissant or a pain au chocolate made fresh every morning, too. Go on, start your day off right.
2. Get your sugar fix
A piece of cake just makes everything better; that’s why we’ll be heading straight to the baking maestros at this artisan bakery to get our sugary pick-me-up. From a fiery, dark ginger slice to spice up your day, to a sweet lemon mascarpone cake, there’s almost – almost – too much to choose from.
And PureKnead’s dreamy cakes don’t stop at the freshly-baked beauties served over their counter. If you have a special occasion round the corner, the team of talented bakers will create bespoke cakes to make your birthdays, weddings and family celebrations extra indulgent. Oh, and don’t worry vegans – we haven’t forgotten about you. PureKnead have you covered with plenty of options on the menu for you to choose from, too.
3. Level up your sandwich game
It’s safe to say that PureKnead’s fresh sourdough is literally the best thing since sliced bread. Handmade by their team of highly skilled bakers using only the purest and highest quality ingredients, it’s honestly the stuff our toast, soup and sandwich dreams are made of.
Owner Paula Watson makes baking seem like a piece of cake, but so many hard-working hours go behind the making of each and every crusty loaf. PureKnead’s range of sourdough is made using traditional techniques, taking 48 hours to complete – and we can guarantee that you’ll taste the difference.
So, whether you fancy a traditional French baguette, perfect with a ham salad filling, or a white sourdough that was born to be paired with PureKnead’s homemade jams and chutneys (which can also be bought in their store), your sandwiches will start to taste better than they ever have before.
4. Get a health kick, without missing out on the good stuff
Who doesn’t love carbs? Good news: our friends at PureKnead make sure to keep us healthy, without making us sacrifice all our favourite carby goodies. (We couldn’t love these guys more!)
PureKnead use pure ingredients without unnecessary additives or chemicals, hence their name – letting us enjoy beautiful bread and bakes without making us feel guilty. The best part? You can’t even taste the difference; we think they taste even better, but we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
5. Support a local business
After their Whitley Bay bakery became a local sensation during lockdown, with locals lapping up their Instagram-friendly sweet treats and sourdough, PureKnead is delighted to open their new doors in Newcastle’s city centre.
As lockdown hit, we know that many businesses were sadly forced to close. Still, it’s fabulous to see this thriving independent bakery expand into Newcastle – bringing identity and personality into the Toon, instead of another big chain. By shopping here, you’re investing in owner Paula’s dream and we can guarantee you’ll see the passion and detail that goes into each and every one of her brilliant bakes. Before you can’t resist biting into them any longer, that is.
Or pop in and grab some freshly-baked goodness for yourself:
PureKnead Bakery, 38 Dean Street, Newcastle NE1 1PG
PureKnead Bakery, 111–113 Park View, Whitley Bay, Newcastle NE26 3RH