I’ve passed this place several times and had always heard great things about it. It was on the to-do list and we eventually got a slot in our schedule. By 9 pm on Saturday night, I really looking forward to breakfast, long before even going to bed. Our plan was to get there early in the morning for opening time and hope for the best… We hadn’t booked!
Post Box Ponteland
It was lashing down outside and we’d planned our arrival for opening time. The door sign said open and I went to push it open. My feeble attempt at opening the door failed. Maybe we were too early. We stood there on the doorstep like a “bunch of lemons” and someone came to our rescue. Turns out the door was just a little stiff. Without any breakfast inside me, I clearly didn’t have the strength!
The Café has about 12 tables and I quickly spotted reserved signs on many. I started to have a feeling that there was no room for us after I’d built it up. Luckily there were plenty of unreserved tables or tables that were reserved from noon (we’d arrived at 10 am). We quickly slid into the much-desired window seat. Imogen was straight onto her mobile tech, Abigail followed.
Within the next 5 minutes, 2 more tables arrived. And relatively quickly the place filled up. We ordered our drinks, Tea, a Flat White and 2 Apple Juices.
The kids seemed to have tuned into an American style breakfast. Where ever they can they always order American Pancakes. Post Box offers both adult and child options here. The Kids option is with Nutella, honey or fruit. The Adult one though has the option for bacon and maple syrup. Imogen decided that is what she wanted. Abigail, being Abigail decided that she wanted to have whatever her bigger sister was having regardless of what it was. As choosing a child portion would be a sign of weakness or defeat. It was Sunday morning and I wasn’t in the mood to suggest otherwise.
With 4 fluffy pancakes and 3 slices of bacon, the kids were happy. Although Abigail’s eating method shreds her food into a plate of mess as she seems to eat things from the inside out.
Catherine chose the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs. Which I enviously looked over as it looked delicious. The toast was unbuttered with a portion of butter in the stainless steel cup.
I went for the Postman’s Breakfast, which is an unusual choice for me. I’m not a huge fan of a “Full English” but felt I needed to get something bogger off the menu as I’d built this up. Catherine mocked that I was going to choose an Eggs Benedict style breakfast, but then compare it to Café Beam in Gosforth. So I purposely stepped away from poached eggs, although I was tempted by a Hallumi poached Egg sandwich on there.
Hash Brown, Black Pudding, Bacon, Cumberland Sausage, beans and mushrooms, topped with a fried egg. I couldn’t fault it and it was exactly what I was expecting. The little pot of beans was a nice touch as it kept the toast crisp and everything separated.
Brunch is a lush relaxing way to start a Sunday and miles better than Cheerios and Toast. For me, I would be happy with simply the strong Coffee to wake me up. Cat prefers to mellow into it with a Tea.
We all enjoyed our breakfasts and would definitely look to come back again. Although next time I think I’d try the halloumi and Poached eggs.
From our experience, we found that Post Box can get quite busy on a Sunday morning and it may be prudent to reserve your table to avoid disappointment. Post Box is also open for Lunch and Evening dining too. A quick look over the menu highlights Sea Bass and Belly Pork (two different dishes). They also have an alcohol license selling cocktails, wine and beers.
Address: 11 Main St, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE20 9NH
Telephone: 01661 598054
Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Friday Evening: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday Evening: 6.30pm -11.00pm
Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Parking: Although there is no direct parking we parked in the nearby Waitrose car park, before doing some food shopping. 2 hours free for customers.