The other day I was on my way back from a press conference in South Shields (about a music festival but more on this later) and I was so hungry. Been in a bit of a rush on the morning meant I’d missed breakfast and then I was busy taking notes. So I thought since it was a nice day, I’d stop off somewhere on the way back to Sunderland.
So I pulled over when I got to Cleadon Village and was heading for my usual sandwich haunt when I spotted Happy Organic! I’m not one for organic food normally but I’d heard lots about this little cafe but had just never found the time to get there. I made a bee-line for it and I’m so pleased I did. I stepped in and did a little gasp because it was just so… up my street (almost literally). Furnished with church pews and bright gingham bunting, I was in my element.
An assistant soon ushered me out the doorway, offering me a seat while I chose what I wanted. I wanted to sit in but unfortunately I had to get back and I quickly chose a BLT sandwich to go, I knew whatever I ordered I’d love it. The other great thing about HO was my black pepper allergy didn’t faze them. Everything is cooked and prepared fresh on order and as the name would suggest, organically.
While my sandwich was prepared in the kitchens out back, I took a while to soak up all things twee in the cafe. From funky signage to protein bars, Happy Organic has everything the health food lover could want. You can even pick up your local organic groceries too as they have locally produced, milk, cheese, butter and more in a fridge just as you head in.
My sandwich arrived and I grabbed a Belvoir Elderflower Presse to go with it before proclaiming my love for the place to Luisa Minchella, the owner of Happy Organic. I only realised afterwards Luisa is the daughter of Romano Minchella who owns one of my other favourite restaurants, Bistro Romano just opposite – it’s clear producing amazing food is in the family genes!
Happy Organic is open Mon-Sun 8am-6.30pm and you’ll find them on Cleadon Front Street. Luckily for those of you who don’t live close though, HO also sell online. You can shop a small selection of their goods on their website here. Enjoy & remember to let them know, Girl in the North sent you!