HIVE COFFEE COMPANY, JARROW

Brunchy goodness and cool coffee combine at this little South Tyneside gem...

Hang out

An independent coffee house and brunchy stop-off, founded by two young, twenty-somethings, Sarah Daglish and Eve McPadden. After graduating, the pair put the wheels in motion to create their dream foodie venture, with the help of The Prince’s Trust. It opened in April this year and continues to flourish, feeding the folk of South Tyneside with wholesome, homemade grub, prepared fresh, on-site every day with as many local ingredients as possible.

Decked out

You’ll find it inside Jarrow Hall – and it’s so much bigger inside than you might think. Decor-wise, it’s an interiors-addict’s dream; minimalistic and spotless (clean whites, pastel geometric splashes on the walls, golden pine floors), trendy house plants and cacti and Oliver Bonas-esque furniture. So very, very Pinterest-worthy. And, yes, we spent a good five minutes Instagramming its good looks.

Sip

Whether you’re a filter-fiend, a mocha lover, espresso junkie or life-long latte-lover, getting your perfect caffeine fix is guaranteed here. The coffee poured here is great stuff – especially the speciality drinks (£3.55), which include bee pollen hot chocolate and honeycomb lattes. Kids can sip on frothy steamed milk (£1.20) and there all kinds of herbal teas to try, too. We went for a sweet pot of pomegranate (£1.95) and a honeycomb latte, which went down a storm. If you’ve ever dipped a Crunchie bar into your mug of coffee before, you’ll know just how good these taste. When the girls ask if you want cream, we advise you go for it. So, so, good. Ordering an autumn drink might mean sipping on a pumpkin spice latte, a cinnamon and honey hot chocolate or even caramel spiced apple steamed milk… just heaven. Get them while you can.

Food matters

The fuss-free menu ticks all the boxes, offering a good mix of dishes for meat-eaters, veggies and vegans. Brekkie-style bites, from crispy baps and filled croissants, to toast slathered in butter and jam and good old avo on toast, are on offer and served all day, as are steaming bowls of homemade soup, flatbreads and toasties with moreish insides, sweet spuds, rustic sarnies and good-for-you, just-tossed salad bowls. Its specials’ board changes regularly for an injection of seasonal flavour and the sweet treats are switched up daily – but are always freshly-baked. On this occasion, gingerbread cookies, chocolate brownie wedges and mini pumpkin-spiced loaves.

What we ate

For us, a good Sunday brunch means a little bit of everything – sweet, savoury, wholesome and carby – and so that’s exactly what we went for. For our chum, a no-frills sausage and egg sarnie (£3.25) – but with extra sass, encased in a crusty ciabatta bap. The sausages were crisp and plump and the egg, perfectly oozy and fresh, with a spicy pinch of black pepper and a smear of salty butter for good measure. Does-what-it-says-on-the-tin loveliness. For us, the pumpkin soup (£3.75) – a star player of that day’s specials’ board. We wolfed this down – a great, big portion of steaming, veggie goodness, garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds for some crunch. Probably the best soup we’ve slurped through all season – the kind of good-for-the-soul stuff that warms the cockles, served with hunks of crusty sourdough for dipping. Next up, also from the specials’ menu, was the pulled pork flatbread (around the £4 mark). Think smoky and tender meat, smushed with gooey goats cheese, creamy kale slaw and chargrilled peppers, in between toasty panini bread. A real, indulgent triumph. Our deli salad bowl (£5.95) was faultless – if you like this kind of thing, you have to try one. We went for three big scoops, resulting in delicious mix of flavours and textures; think beetroot, lentils, chargrilled broccoli, carrot and apple, walnuts, butter beans, sweet potato chunks and fig, topped with avocado and flaky salmon (though you can add chicken, halloumi, feta or goats cheese) for a dose of healthy fats and a drizzle of silky tahini dressing for some nuttiness. Again, portion-size was spot on (nobody like a handful of limp leaves) and packed with goodness that tasted like a treat. These girls really know their flavours. We said no to the sweet stuff on this occasion, but we’re already planning to return very soon, so maybe next time. This isn’t a place to be missed or overlooked – get yourselves down, eat and support local, and enjoy the foodie delights.


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