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Looking for a new spot for brunch in Newcastle? We’ve discovered a hidden rooftop terrace to take it alfresco – The Factory Kitchen

Spoiler alert – this ultimate suntrap sanctuary in The Biscuit Factory has a new cocktail menu, (and it’s 5 o'clock somewhere, right?)

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 20.07.2022

‘Brunch Newcastle’ is what we find ourselves constantly Googling.

With the options endless, it can be so hard to choose where to book a table. But, as always, we’ve got you covered.

There’s nothing we love more than finding a hidden gem. Somewhere that’s secluded, sophisticated and a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Somewhere like… The Factory Kitchen.

Right in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter lies this all-day independent café inside The Biscuit Factory. Helping you start your day the right way, The Factory Kitchen serves a seasonal brunch menu with fresh, bold flavours influenced from overseas and dishes made with locally sourced produce.

But not only are the dishes on the brunch menu beautiful; The Factory Kitchen’s urban rooftop terrace has panoramic views over the Ouseburn Valley giving you those contemporary, cultural vibes by taking your brunch alfresco seven days a week, (weather permitting, of course).

After just looking at their brunch menu, we were sold. Not to mention the thought of their tempting rooftop terrace when we’re sitting in our office looking out the window to the glorious sun shining outside. So, we just had to pay a visit during our lunch break to try it out for ourselves.

Here’s what we found out – and why The Factory Kitchen is our new go-to destination for brunch in Newcastle…

THE FOOD

Curated by head chef Michael Waugh, the seasonal brunch menu has bold flavours influenced by Europe’s quintessential café culture and each dish is made with locally sourced produce. From traditional brunch favourites to some options with a contemporary twist, this delicious brunch menu has it all – including a dish for every taste, including a wide range of dishes for vegetarians and vegans, too.

With freshly-cut meats stocked from Charlotte’s Butchery and fresh artisan bread, sourdoughs, artisan and sweet baked goods from FAB Bakery and Big River Bakery, The Factory Kitchen do all they can to support local businesses on their doorstep and bring the freshest flavours into the restaurant.

If you want something traditional for brunch, Molly went for the classic, All Day Brunch Stottie filled with Lincolnshire sausages, smoked bacon, fried free-range egg and freshly baked Big River stottie. Or, if you’re like Rachael and are tempted by something healthy in the morning, the Oak Smoked Salmon on Seed Sourdough with herb cream cheese, pickles, dill oil, shoots and cress with extra crumbled feta is for you.

Feeling a little more adventurous like Becky? She chose the Lemon, Garlic and Harissa Roasted Chicken and wasn’t disappointed, while Beth ordered Shakshuka, Middle Eastern baked eggs, richly spiced tomato sauce crumbled feta and sourdough – so there are plenty of dishes that’ll really get your taste buds tingling.

And The Factory Kitchen hasn’t forgotten about those of you who prefer something lighter for your brunch. Rosie decided to get the Factory Kitchen Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which is more than just your average cheese toastie with slow-cooked onions and leeks, cheddar, Gruyere, FAB sourdough and salad. Check out the light bites section on the menu, including Homemade Fruit/Cheese Scone, Smoked Bacon or Sausage Sandwich and House Granola and you’ll find just enough to satisfy your cravings.

THE DRINKS

If you’re after more of a secluded spot for relaxing cuppa (or cocktail), then look no further than The Factory Kitchen. There’s nothing better than having a brew in the morning to set you up for the day. Whether you’re an espresso lover, have a weakness for a cappuccino or are always craving an iced latte, (we can’t blame you, in this heatwave) then this independent café is the perfect spot to get your caffeine fix. Plus, there’s also good ol’ English breakfast tea on the drinks menu, too.

If you’re looking for something refreshing, opt for fresh orange and apple juice, or if you’re in need of something fizzy to cleanse your palate, then San Pellegrino, Diet Coke or a range of Fentimans are available to order.

And for those of you who like something a little stronger, then you’re in luck. The Factory Kitchen has just introduced their new cocktail menu – and it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Of course, we simply had to explore their full menu, so ordered a couple ourselves. From spicing things up with a Fiery Bloody Mary and a Rhubarb and Ginger Fizz to keeping things classic with a Factory Kitchen Gin & Tonic, these cocktails really hit the spot. The best part? You can get two of the same cocktails for just £12.95 – so, really, it would be rude not to double up!

If you don’t fancy a cocktail, there’s also a range of craft beers including some from Tyne Bank Brewery, ciders and wines from Corney & Barrow available to help wash your delicious brunch down. Because wine not?

THE TERRACE

We have to admit that the terrace is definitely one of the things that set this brunch spot apart from the rest. With all this glorious sunshine we’ve been having, The Factory Kitchen’s rooftop terrace is the place to be. With a sheltered greenhouse area and fantastic, panoramic views of the Ouseburn Valley, it’s the perfect place to catch a relaxing spot of brunch, not just in the sunshine but all year round.

From fabulous fresh foliage planted around the café and hanging in baskets to contemporary seating areas with marble top tables, this rooftop terrace gives us all those au natural, zen vibes and makes for an ideal setting for a catch-up with friends. And thanks to the Wi-Fi available in The Factory Kitchen, this can also be an ideal out-of-office working spot or your next meeting venue. Because what’s more inspirational than artwork, quality food and drink and limitless views of the glorious Newcastle upon Tyne?!

To book your table or to view The Factory Kitchen’s full menu, visit The Biscuit Factory’s website and like The Factory Kitchen’s Facebook page.

The Factory Kitchen, The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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