REVIEW: The Cycle Hub Cafe, Ouseburn, Newcastle

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I’ve never really got into bikes since I outgrew my blue and yellow BMX Aero.

But you don’t have to be a cyclist to be made welcome at the Cycle Hub Cafe.

 Perched right on the side of the River Tyne, just along from the Quayside, it’s a lovely spot to reach by two feet or two wheels.

 The simple menu is perfect for refuelling bikers or anyone who fancies a bite to eat by the riverside.

 As well as daily specials, there’s soup, sandwiches and toasties, New Zealand gourmet pies, fresh salads and homebaked treats tempting you from the cake cabinet.

 Sandwich fillings, which can also be served up as toasties, includes classic tuna mayo and BLT, plus some unusual twists, like the delicious-sounding mature cheddar, sweet tomato and chilli chutney, all priced between £3.50 and £4.

 You can wash any or all of these down with a hot drink or cold drinks – including the refreshing and quirky Fentimans range, which are brewed up the road in Hexham.

 There’s also a selection of stronger tipples, with ales from the Tyne Bank and Wylam Breweries.

 The emphasis here is on local products, as despite their name, New Zealand pies come from a family firm based in Corbridge and the sweet treats hail from a Newcastle 
bakery.

 It was relatively early doors on a Sunday, so I went for a bacon sandwich and cup of tea for £3.75.

 Tea preferences span a wide spectrum, but this was served exactly as I like it – in a pot, but with a mug.

 Three thick slices of bacon, with just the right of amount of fat left on, came between two fluffy slices of thick white bread and I was handed my own bottles of HP and tomato sauce – no slippery little sachets to faff about with here.

 Light, airy and heavy on the cycling memorabilia, the social enterprise also offers bike hire, a bike shop, repairs and is an treasure trove of information for cycling aficionados.

Jane O’Neill