The Settle Down Cafe markets itself as 'a very nice cafe' in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I went there to meet an old friend for coffee, Google-maps-ing my way there as I'd never heard of it before.
Initially I was disappointed - the cafe itself is very homely; the sort of place where you look at the food on display and think "I could make that." However, the charm of The Settle Down Cafe is not what's on offer but the society generated by this busy little artists' haven.
The Cafe brings together students, young families, and all kinds of creatives, with free Wi-Fi and a willingness to let you plug in your laptop and sit for hours. There's also an interesting social calendar including poetry readings, writing workshops and art shows - for more information, check out their website below.
The Settle Down Cafe
Food and drinks at The Settle Down Cafe are very well-priced, with breakfast beginning at £1.50 (really good toast, made with bread from their bakery) up the the still-affordable poached eggs on sourdough, at £4. Card payment is available.
The Cafe is at numbers 61-62 Thornton Street, only a few minutes' walk from Central Station. It is open from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday (later for events and groups) and from 9am to 6pm on a Saturday.