Kiln Cafe & Ceramics, Ouseburn

Kiln Ouseburn

The Kiln is possibly one of the quirkiest brunch cafes in Newcastle I reckon. And we have tried quite a few. It has all the hallmarks of an instagram/hipster haven without any pretenses. The Kiln serves up a simple bunch & evening menu while being able to shop the ceramics that are in made in front of you in their glass-fronted studio. It’s certainly a unique place!

Kiln Ouseburn

Where is Kiln?

Kiln is located on Hume Street in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle. In our pre-kiddo days (and Imogen’s first few years!) we lived not far away at St Peter’s Basin so it’s nice to come back to a familiar area. With the kiddies and Alan’s Mam, Judith, in tow we headed down to Kiln around 2pm. The place was pretty busy & we weren’t the only ones there with kids. There were plenty of friends & families enjoying the laid back vibes. We were seated on a large table with a couple of guys, but this wasn’t a problem. It was busy & you can understand them using big tables to maximise the space!

Kiln Ouseburn
Photo by Abigail.

What’s on the Menu at Kiln?

The menu is pretty small, to be honest, and I really wasn’t sure what I fancied. As we’d chosen to grab a bite before an afternoon in the Ouseburn, we were looking for a light lunch. Kiln’s menu (unless we were missing a page) was mainly humous or artisan bread based. With Alan’s mother thinking it would be traditional cafe fayre, I could feel a bit of tension in the air. Alan read out the options.

Kiln Ouseburn
Fresh bread to take home & a massive selection of different teas
Kiln Ouseburn

Fruit Scone with Seasonal Jam and Local Butter.
Rich’s Eggy in the Hole. Two Poached eggs on/in rosemary focaccia bread, with Cherry Tomatoes, mushrooms, and sea salt.
North Shields Smoked Kippers, Poached Eggs and cherry tomatoes.
Cinnamon swirls, homemade cakes, and the houmous.
The humous is available in either sharing proportions or a giant single portion.

Kiln Ouseburn

We started off with some good strong coffees. Judith prefers the milkier latte style, while us blogging Hoopers go Americano with a splash of milk. We’ve been turning to stronger and stronger coffee as the years go on.

Abigail’s Selection from the menu was Cinnamon Swirl. An awesome looking pastry that she really enjoyed. I’ll also add that she wouldn;t share it either!

Kiln Ouseburn

Judith went for the Scone and seasonal jam. To be fair she’s not the biggest eater and she commented many times that she thoroughly enjoyed it, both the lunch snack and the afternoon out.

Kiln Ouseburn

Imogen, the hater of most foods, picked apart the menu and helpfully the staff at Kiln made a semi custom order. Her choice was for pancakes with just sugar on them. The menu item it should have been was pancakes with seasonal fruit and berries.

Kiln Ouseburn

I went for the Humous and bread portion for one. I’m not kidding when I was that it was the size of my head. The crusty fresh bread was amazing, and the Humous was lovely and creamy. The portion was easy enough for two people to share.
Alan has a weird thing that he says a good humous reminds him of creamy scrambled eggs! I don’t see that myself, but it was delicious.

Kiln Ouseburn

Alan’s Eggy in the Hole, was like an English breakfast without the bacon. He quite often goes for the poached eggs when he see them. The Focaccia was full of flavour and nice and chewy. We’re not sure what the sauce was, but it all went well together and quickly vanished.

Kiln Ouseburn

We took our time and weren’t rushed or in a rush. It was nice to try and relax and take in the Ouseburn for a change. As previously mentioned Judith said she really enjoyed her day out and we try to take her to places she’s never been too.

Kiln Ouseburn

Photography in the Ouseburn

One of the main reasons we headed here as the starting point was that the kids wanted to do some photography. Abigail seems to have a good eye for an unusual photo. Whether that is that it’s pure luck, a different view point or careful planning. So as we were finishing off our drinks she picked up the camera and started snapping around Kiln.

Kiln Ouseburn

One of the things that makes sense and Alan hadn’t spotted for quite some time is that there is a section of the venue partitioned off as a pottery. It is possible to buy hand made Kiln pottery in their shop.

Kiln Ouseburn
Kiln Ouseburn
Kiln Ouseburn

We had a nice potter in the Ouseburn and Kiln was a great starting spot to start off in. The coffee was good and despite a select menu, we all found something that we enjoyed. Alan said that he would have chosen the kippers, but as we were sharing a table, imposing the smell on a table buddy is a little much!

Kiln Ouseburn

And don’t forget to look out for the spotlight grafitti for that perfect Insta post.

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