Pulp Fiction | Future Foods and Fresh Pressed Juices and Smoothies
Whitley Bay has come a long way since I was a child. In those days there was no such thing as a ‘clean eating’ cafe which produced fresh, wholesome food on the premises.
But how things have changed and are continually changing in the North East and the whole of the UK for that matter. If you’re local to Whitley Bay and its surrounding area, then you will no doubt have visited the Pulp Fiction cafe in Park View, Whitley Bay or at least heard about it.
When it first opened, I arranged a lunch date with my friends. It was a gloriously hot day so we chose to sit outside at the back of the cafe in a lovely little courtyard area.
It didn’t feel like we were sitting in Whitley Bay that’s for sure. I had high expectations at the time and the menu didn’t disappoint either.
I was really pleased at the selection of dishes on offer. They also had a menu full of fresh pressed juices and smoothies. I tried one of their green juices and I watched them freshly prepare it – so much more satisfying than simply picking up a plastic bottle from a refrigerator. Fresh is most definately best.
The cafe itself is quite quirky. It has a retro feel about it, nothing like some of the boring old cafe’s you’re used to going to.
If you love to watch the world go by then there is outdoor seating at the front of the cafe too.
I don’t have a sweet tooth but I had to try one of their little raw deserts. I opted for a raw cheesecake and WOW. Oh my golly gosh. I even finished my friends who was too full from her main meal.
It’s nice to see decent sized portions and fresh offerings every day. So pleased to see this on my door step. If you haven’t tried it don’t wait a minute longer.
Their mission : To bring you “nutritious, delicious, and medicinal Future Foods and pressed juices”
The delivered on this. Thanks guys and over to you for a little Q&A
How would you describe Pulp Fiction in one sentence?
Pulp fiction is a fresh and funky mid century styled cafe with book exchange, serving future foods and fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
What motivated you to open a café in Whitley Bay?
Paula and Mickey live in Whitley Bay and already had the premises from a previous business. We thought that Pulp Fiction would be well received by Whitley Bay residents as there are lot of health conscious folk living at the coast. We also think it may be received well in other areas too so watch this space!
What triggered your interest in nutritious, wholesome food?
Being that we were all vegetarian anyway going down that root was a natural thing but also the fact that we were all bought up with our mums always cooking from scratch and we spent our childhoods helping in the kitchen. Fresh Vegetables were always on our plates. Since starting our pulp fiction journey we have also realised that food is in fact a medicine so our quest for knowledge continues.
Do you have a typical customer?
Not at all! We have young professionals, OAPs, dogs, children and teenagers. Its great to see teenagers/school kids of that age getting into healthy food.
We get people coming in who are into fitness and yoga, people suffering from illnesses that have turned to healthy eating in order to assist them in getting well, veggies, vegans and carnivores!! We have a lovely diverse mix of people who are into healthy food.
Do you have a signature dish?
We don’t have an actual signature dish as we change our choices every day. We offer a wholesome superfood salad bar alongside fresh daily curries and soups. The firm favourite, however, has to be the sweet potato and kale rosti served with Thai style black rice and quiona and rainbow slaw.
What is your favourite juice?
Rose – I like to make my juices according to how I am feeling and according to what I think my body needs. I nearly always add turmeric as it has helped eliminate my asthma and in winter I have been using more beetroot as I suffer from bad circulation.
Paula – I love a Green Machine which has kale, kiwi, broccoli, celery, apple and lime. It gives me an energy boost which is really needed to run a busy cafe.
What food could you not live without?
Salads because they are so versatile and never boring! (well not the way we make them!)
What is your ideal
- Breakfast – Avocado on toast
- Lunch – Superfood salad with thai sweetcorn quenelle
- Dinner – Vegetarian moussaka served with sweet potato chips….and salad!
- Snack – Since we have opened the cafe we have learned how to make our own clean treats and now love the taste of raw cacao which is great as it is regular chocolates healthier sister and keeps you fuller for longer! We make powerballs, marathon peanut slices and raw bounty bars in the cafe to keep any rumbling tummies at bay!
Where do you get your inspiration for each dish?
Everywhere! We like to make our own recipes up but like to draw inspiration from the Sunday magazines, places we have travelled, and pinterest.
Can you describe a typical day at Pulp Fiction?
Our day starts prepping the salad bar and making our fresh daily curries and soups alongside serving our regulars as they come in for their morning turmeric, lemon and ginger shots, juices and coffees. We make sure everything is ready for when lunch time hits then its all hands on deck serving customers to eat in and take out.
After lunch time we go back to food preparation again, this time for the Cafe we supply in Jesmond – Nineteen Clayton Road. We also try to use our afternoons planning for future months including planning upcoming events such as the Pulp Fiction Pharmacy and also expanding our amazing south facing yardon ready for spring!
What makes you happy?
Helping people be healthy and seeing people having a nice time and relaxing in the cafe.
What tips would you give to remain happy and healthy?
Do what you love and what makes you happy, look after yourself and your well being and eat clean and cut out processed foods.
Thanks guys, what a fab Q&A. I love how they promote the medicinal value of food and I can’t wait to see where else you decide to open. We need more little cafes like Pulp Fiction.
I hope you enjoyed this post. There are so many little ‘clean eateries’ popping up and the subject seems to be on the tip of most peoples tongues these days. The message is definitely spreading and great to see school kids jumping on board too.
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