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North East eatery undergoes extensive refurbishment

North East eatery, Café Royal, has reopened following an extensive programme of refurbishment including the addition of a refreshed, modern interior and a new menu.

The café, which is based in the heart of Newcastle, is most famous for serving exceptional cakes, scones, patisseries and fresh savoury dishes that focus on seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients, all expertly developed and created by Café Royal’s Head Chef Gavin Groombridge, and his team of professional kitchen staff.

Through working closely with North East based interior designer Abercrombies, the restaurant interior now features warm natural hues and textures to create a relaxing and open dining space.

Café Royal’s Head Chef, Gavin Groombridge, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted with the developments at Café Royal and we’re very much looking forward to reopening and welcoming our customers back to experience our new look and menu. Today is a milestone moment for our team at Café Royal, who have been working exceptionally hard over the last four weeks to bring our customers an even better, brighter and tastier offering.

“Drawing inspiration from home and abroad, our new breakfast, lunch and drinks menus combine different ingredients, themes and flavours to create an outstanding variety of dishes which I hope will suit all tastes.”

Alongside Café Royal’s in-house artisan bakery which produces fresh bread, pastry and cakes daily, the all-new breakfast menu now features dishes such as ‘Super Greens Eggs Benedict’ and ‘Avocado, Sriracha Chilli and Lime Crostini’. The lunch menu offers meals such as ‘Vietnamese Chilli Ginger Marinated Steak Sandwich’ and a new vegan dish, the ‘BBQ Jackfruit ‘Pulled Pork’’. Between 12pm – 2.30pm every Monday – Friday, there will also be an express lunch menu available for guests on a tight schedule.

In addition to Café Royal’s renowned freshly-brewed coffee, there willnow be super juices and smoothies on offer featuring flavour combinations such as ‘Beetroot, Apple, Carrot and Lemon’ and ‘Hemp Seed, Turmeric and Orange’.

The Café, which is based over two floors, will be open from 8am – 6pm Monday through to Saturday, with food served from 8.30am – 4.30pm every day. On Sunday, Café Royal will be open from 10am – 4pm.

Café Royal is one of 18 celebrated Sir John Fitzgerald venues based in the North East. The family-run business began in the 1850’s and is best known for providing unbeatable food, drink and service in relaxed welcoming environments.