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pridecafe0912.jpg Get your throng on for Pride Café

Judging by the amount of people sampling the delights of the recently opened Pride Café in this pic, it looks like it’s something of a hit.

I’ve tried to find fault with the Pride Café, but it’s proving a tough ask. Recently unveiled on Scotswood Road in Newcastle, it’s open seven days a week and serves up homemade light meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks. It also operates an outside catering service for nearby office workers and boasts a large, first-floor function room for use by local groups and organisations. All very good, but what about that all important alcoholic drinks licence? Tick! Stylish surroundings, relaxed atmosphere and background music that’s actually kept in the background? Tick, tick and tick! They even donate any surplus profits to The Newcastle and Gateshead Scene Trust, a charity that co-ordinates support for LGBT community activities. (Customers who join the Trust will receive discounts in the café and invitations to a number of forthcoming events.) Owner John Harrison said: “The Pride Café is at the heart of the Newcastle gay scene and we hope LGBT customers will view it as a one-stop shop, where they can receive information about community activities and services such as advice and support sessions. We are confident it will also be the focal point for fund-raising among Tyneside’s LGBT community and will attract customers not just locally but, given its proximity to Central Station and the National Express depot, from further afield.” 
The only fault I can actually find with the place is that it doesn’t offer free Wi-Fi and mobile phone charging facilities. (Stop press: The Pride Café now offers free Wi-Fi and mobile phone charging facilities.) RM

The Pride Café, Scotswood Road, Newcastle. Open 11am-midnight. www.pridecafe.co.uk