The Garden Station Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

Garden Station, Main Station Building, Langley on Tyne, Hexham, England, NE47 5LA

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe uses fair trade, local and organic ingredients. Tea, coffee, and cakes served all day. Current owner since 2012. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm. May closes winter months - call ahead.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Western, British, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by animalgazuk

Swayed by the location - Edit

You could once come here and be guaranteed a 100% meat free environment in the settings of a traditionally decorated old victorian railway station building set in a tranquil and beautiful secret garden setting. Whilst the location is still quite idyllic there has been a major introduction of meat to the menu. Vegetarian options are purely dairy orientated e.g. cheddar cheese, tomato and rocket, egg mayonnaise and cress or goats cheese and red pepper sandwiches. There is also a large range of scones which are of course all dairy. The last time I was here, we enjoyed a vegan cake and a lovely cup of English tea. This is no longer possible. For me, this is just a traditional tea room now as much as any other tea room I have been to in the UK. You need to check opening times online as it now only opens for business on certain days listed on the web site. It appears the focus is now on hired events, organised tea parties and wedding receptions. If you fancy a nice drive in the country and are happy to accept what to expect, it's worth a visit otherwise it's cheaper to stay at home.

Updated from previous review on 2016-07-06

Pros: veg options, lovely setting, nice tea

Cons: meat, limited / no vegan options, check opening days

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Such a shame - Edit

Sorry to see this has changed owner ship as the previous people were lovely and produced great food. Its a bit out of the way & was worth the trip as the food was good and the are is great for walks and relaxing.
New owners have introduced meat to the menu. Very sad indeed.

Pros: nice area

Cons: old menu gone, added dead animals to the new menu, old owners gone

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Now serving meat - Edit

Used to be a lovely cafe and with new owners it now serves meat again. Avoid and go to Jack Sprats or any other genuinely veggie friendly cafe

Pros: Used to be nice, Location ok

Cons: Now serves meat, Unethical now

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TheGardenStation 08 Apr 2013 - Thank you for your comments.

We still are a lovely cafe in a beautiful setting. Yes we have introduced meat options as we expand the menu and try to give customers a selection of good quality, home prepared and cooked dishes.

We believe in good, clean, healthy food and continue to try to understand the at time polarised arguments between herbivore vs carni/omni-vore, raw vs cooked, local vs global, organic vs GM lifestyles. We also accept that the transitional processes towards a fully "green, Eco, local, post-oil" society will take a few generations yet and to be better place for these changes we need to be stable in terms of our beliefs, knowledge, finances and future direction.

We are genuinely vegetarian friendly, we prepare our meals from a vegetarian base and add meat when appropriate.
We do offer vegan, vegetarian, gluten free dishes.

We hope that the day you visited you did not feel we were offering lip service to your vegan beliefs.

We would welcome any positive advice that may help us better cater for vegetarian/vegan diets and lifestyles.

We would be interested in hearing more about your comment, "unethical now".

Thank you again for commenting on our vegetarian friendly cafe.

Best regards.

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