Quay Ingredient is a tiny little cafe right under the Tyne Bridge. It just has five tables and two low sofa tables so on a Saturday or Sunday it can be hard to squeeze in. There is a nice atmosphere of accommodating your fellow diners, however, and people seem happy to move around so everyone can fit.
The staff were friendly and even though I was first in and on my own I felt very welcome and comfortable. The stream of regulars came in for their morning coffee and they greated everyone by name. They even offered to make my second latte extra hot as I was so cold! They also have a coffee loyalty card, tenth cup free.
It was a beautiful morning on the Quayside, crisp and clear after the rain yesterday. The river was full and flat and despite the traffic had a tranquil feel. The sun popping over the top of the Sage was warming and very welcome! Sometimes you have to remind yourself to really look at the place you live and appreciate it.