Our gathering was held at The Bridge Hotel, one of Newcastles best real ale pubs, located next to the high level bridge. A pub? you ask, yes a pub, but The Bridge Hotel supports and encourage local groups to use it to hold meetings and events, knitting groups, pie clubs etc, and tonight was the turn of cake! It's one of those pubs with little snugs and divided off areas which meant we weren't in full view of the rest of the pub goers, and it was quiet too. Their friendly staff kept us topped up with drinks, teas coffees, or something stronger for others and we reciprocated in cakey loveliness.
The bakers arrived, the cakes were set out. The smells were amazing. From a chocolatey snickers cake to the fresh strawberries on the strawberry cake, the floral scent of violets (parma violet of you hadn't guessed) my minty aero cake and more.
I'm always wowed by the efforts our bakers go to to present and finish their cakes, Eti's kitkat cake wouldn't look out of place in a Parisian patisserie window, it was spectacular!
The full cake list (& a selection of mobile phone pics - apologies for these)
We welcomed more new members, Helen, Hannah, Emma and Lindsay who found out about CCC by the website, friends or existing members and re-welcomed our regulars.
And as with all Newcastle gatherings we just spent the evening mingling, chatting about other local CCC events, other local food clubs and events (see Local Foodie Events this spring in/around Newcastle) and eating cake until our bellies ached (in a nice way).
There was more than enough to be shared at the end, keeping us going until the weekend (at least) with more for the bar staff.
And when the sharing was done, everyone (yes everyone) got stuck in and helped to tidy up, clearing away plates, wiping tables, moving furniture and returning glasses and cups to the bar - a proper team effort - thanks everyone!
Thanks again to The Bridge Hotel for hosting us, all the bakers (& guests).
Next Newcastle gathering: May (exact date to be confirmed)
Location: cafe in Ouseburn area
Theme: Here comes the sun, keep an eye on website for booking form