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Mason and Rye Patisserie and Bakery Cafe

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Published March 20th 2016
Irresistible desserts and light lunches
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Strawberry and mascarpone with white chocolate flakes, a combination made in heaven

Mason and Rye is a long, modern patisserie which sweeps the back of Fenwicks' famous Food Hall.

When scouting the city for a place to eat it can be easy to forget about this subterranean eatery, so it was with deliberate delight that I sought it out for a light lunch this past weekend.

mason and rye fenwicks food hall cafe bakery patisserie
Mason and Rye epitomises modern dining

The cafe (/bakery /patisserie /restaurant) is decorated with clean and fresh neutrals. Smalls pops of colour, such as the flowerpots on each table, save it from being too clinical and give a natural aroma to the dining area. Most of the food is deli-style, with long benchtops displaying the wares behind immaculately clean glass screens and cloches.

I chose a tuscan salami and aged gruyere closed flatbread, which was delicious. The neatly-dressed attendant couldn't tell me if gruyere was a blue cheese or not, but a helpful nearby customer leaned over to explain that it's more like a strong edam. I also had a pot of green tea, and then couldn't resist going back for a strawberry and mascarpone muffin, which was truly scrumptious!

mason and rye fenwicks food hall cafe bakery patisserie
Salami and gruyere flatbread

Despite not understanding the ingredients of their food, the staff were generally helpful and cheery. I couldn't fault the presentation of the food, and the prices were reasonable considering the upmarket atmosphere.

I can't wait to visit again, mainly to try the other desserts on offer!

Opening times:
Monday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday: 9.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Last orders 30 minutes before closing time.
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Why? A posh pitstop for a light lunch
When: Daily from 9am
Phone: 0191 232 5100
Where: 39 Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AS
Cost: Reasonable
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