Review: Flat Caps Coffee, Newcastle upon Tyne

Another stop on mine and Ang’s Lightning Light Lunch tour, which I’ll concede has taken a bit of a back seat of late due to, well, life, was Flat Caps, which is somewhere I’d been meaning to try for a while. It’s ever so lightly off the beaten track in terms of location (Carliol Square, behind the Fire Station on Pilgrim Street) but often pops up on my Instagram feed as somewhere fellow bloggers like to go to utilise the free wifi and get their creative juices flowing.


It has a minimalised warehousey feel, which stark light bulbs hanging from the ceiling and wooden tables and chairs. There’s also more comfy sofas near the window if you’re able to bag one and fancy a bit of people watching, not that there’s a massive thoroughfare in that neck of the woods, but who doesn’t like sitting by a nice open window?

Coffee is the main focus, as it should be and I’m pleased t say their flat white was excellent. It’s an ‘order at the till and we’ll bring it over to you’ type affair, like most cafes these days, but the fella behind the counter was most patient with us as with dithered over what we were going to order to eat.


As is usual at any given point in time, I was on a particular health kick when we visited and trying to lay off the carbs for a while so was adventurous and ordered the Haggis Hash Bowl (haggis, two hash browns, chipotle coleslaw and 2 poached eggs) and it was bloody lush. Piping hot, well seasoned, and the eggs perfectly poached. Ang went for the Halloumi, avocado and falafel wrap which came with a side salad and looked equally as nice.


We noticed with interest that they are also licenced (a bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc will always catch my attention) so made a mental note to come back and try their dinner menu and have a few cheeky vinos after work. They do, however close at 6pm, so you’ll have to be quick.

All in all, definitely worth a visit, we got a hearty lunch, which felt more than just your average sandwich and crisps, and a lovely cup of coffee for less than a tenner, and were in and out in 45 minutes. I’ll definitely be bearing it in mind for the next time I’m deskless at work and need somewhere to plonk myself for an hour or two.


  1. March 11, 2020 / 10:07 am

    Its canny here isn’t it! They do a tapas and wine deal in the late afternoon which looks very tempting.

  2. March 12, 2020 / 6:44 am

    I’m so ashamed to say that i’ve not been here since they relocated …. I’ve walked past a fair few times but am usually rushing my way to somewhere else – I NEED TO GO! Making it a priority now!

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