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postboxfood.jpg Review: Post Box

Since opening its doors to the good people of Ponteland in late January, Post Box has cornered the local market in cream teas, flavour packed big bites and enticing evening events. Post Box gets the stamp of approval from Chloe Corkhill.

A deceptively large café restaurant, with a laidback vibe and a healthy enthusiasm for embracing new ideas, Post Box is a fun place to find yourself on an autumn afternoon. Or on a Saturday evening drinking Sauvignon Blanc, or on a Tuesday afternoon cake run, I should wager. That’s because Post Box is doing lots of stuff very well indeed.

There are the artisan coffees to get you going at 9am, and the hearty breakfasts (available all day). There’s the excellent wine list and evening menu, and the live music programme. Then there are the fine teas, tempting cakes, sandwiches and sundaes which make this an excellent day time destination for a catch-up with friends or a treat with the kids.

I began my Post Box experience with the delicious Post Box Hash (£8), a generous portion of juicy chorizo, fresh spinach and nutty potato topped with a huge poached egg and a lovely slather of hollandaise sauce. Very good. Good enough in fact, for me to ignore all full stomach signs, and continue eating until my jeans dug in. My friend chose the Clean Food Salad of the Week (£7.50), which was a veritable health mountain of mixed green leaves, toasted pine nuts, rudely red ripe tomatoes and crumbling, tangy feta cheese, all luxuriating happily in a zingy, tasty dressing.

Diners around us tucked into generously sized Fishfinger Sandwiches (£7.50), a delicious looking Smoked Mackerel and Dill Pate (£6.50) and Homemade Scones (£2), still oven-warm and filling the air with comforting flavour. Keen to continue our gastronomic meander through Post Box’s comprehensive menu, we plumped for pudding. I had the special – a Caramelised Popcorn Sundae (£6.50), while my pal selected a piece of scrumptious Chocolate Orange Brownie (£2.95), which was served with a hearty scoop of delectably rich ice cream.

All in all, our choices were good ones. There’s a vibrancy about Post Box. The décor is simple (with a note of rustic charm) and the staff are efficient and friendly. There’s no fanfare or ostentatiousness but there’s a quiet sense of possibility. Along with the freshly prepared food and the central location perhaps that’s the reason Post Box is fast becoming Ponteland’s most versatile hub of fun.

Post Box, 11 Main Street, Ponteland, NE20 9NH. 01661 598054. www.postboxponteland.co.uk