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CUISINES
Cafe, British
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing Full English Breakfast at a reasonable price. The staff are very accomdating if you want to swap a few items on the breakfast too. No wonder the bikers use it. They know it's secret!!

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Terrible service, terrible food, typical greasy spoon, deep fried everything including your bacon, expensive, waiting time is ages. However not much choice in Rothbury.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024

The Vale Cafe in Rothbury is a simple, traditional British cafe. The seating is of the pine booth variety that reminded me of greasy spoons in the 70s, although I must add that everything was clean and tidy, and the plain decor with large, uncurtained...windows, metal beams etc is sort of Spartan, but with a sort of warehouse look. Previous comments about there being no loo should be overlooked as there is a functioning toilet just up to the side of the cafe. The menu is typical caff, headed by the ubiquitous All Day Breakfast. We were only in for a snack and a cuppa and I must say that our substantial, generously filled bacon rolls and accompanying mugs of tea hit the spot perfectly. We didn’t have anything else but I must say that the scones and cakes looked very good. Service was friendly and very quick and the prices most reasonable. Clearly if you are looking for a twee, typically English tearoom or a modern coffee bar, this probably wouldn’t float your boat. But I have to say that I still like ordinary caffs now and again and this one was perfectly fine. We would certainly use it again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 17 November 2023

What a wonderful breakfast. Very tasty indeed. Fried Bread is a treat I don't get often and they do it good in here. Great value, friendly service and an authentic place. Just perfect.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

This is a cafe on the main street in Rothbury. We were staying nearby and popped in for a drink on the way home. My son needs a gluten free diet so i asked what was gluten free, not an unreasonable question these days and...a notice behind the counter said to ask about dietary needs / allergies. The girl serving had no idea, no offer to find out or any interest at all, essentially a shrug. My daughter had already sat down for a promised drink so we had those then left, needless to say we won't be back here. The table was also sticky. The place appears to be popular with bikers and has a greasy spoon feel to it, the full English and the bacon sandwiches did look decent to be fair but particularly in the holiday season places need to have a cross appeal and in this case a basic lack of customer service has cost them possibly a weeks worth of visits.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

Popped in for coffee, cake and rest break. Toilet still out of order... Didn't stay. Went to pub over road. Good coffee, nice cake and a working toilet there. So spent our cash there.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 June 2023

Absolutely disgusting. Sour milk. Dirty surroundings. Toilet through dirty ally. No toilet paper. No hand washing soap. Where are the Health Inspectors? The place should be closed down immediately.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023

This is a bit of a 'greasy spoon' caff - nothing sophisticated here but no pretentions either. They have banquette seating indoors with some seats out front. Nothing out back. No customers toilet - but fortunately there is provision elsewhere in the village. We ordered...tea and cake but the cake was dry and rather stale. Staff were effective but not particularly welcoming. Prices okay This place is popular with bikersMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

I came here on a busy bank holiday with mam, at a time when there were loads of guys on motorbikes passing through and stopping for a bite to eat. There was a menu of sorts behind the counter (none on the tables which would...have helped) - the drinks were priced but the food wasn't. After a short time I realised that you had to order at the counter rather than waitress service - again no notification about this. We ended up having a cup of tea and sausage sandwich each. However, this was after I made an initial order of a full English and a Bacon sandwich for mam, only to be told that they had run out of bacon. But I noticed after this that other customers were ordering a bacon sandwich without any issues, plus someone else sitting behind us got a full English which I could have had. The sausages were fine - the communication with customers wasn't. We don't come to Rothbury very often but the next time we may go somewhere else.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023

Good coffee and good cake. Sadly the interior is less successful. In need of a face lift. Bench seating squashed in around tables. Outside toilet that doesn't encourage another visit unless desperate. A pity as this seems to be the only cafe in town! Quite...busy with outside seating on the main street. OK but missing a trick or twoMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

Very nice food! Made fresh to order. Good value for money. Will definitely be eating hear again, with my friends.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

Like a full English after a couple of days on the fells. Been here years before & wasn't impressed but hoped it had improved. Went for the chefs special at £15 expecting something good. Very poor. Bacon like shrivelled pig tales & the rest really...lame, mediocre at best. They could do with visiting Fed & Watered in Ryton or Riverview Bakery at Blackhall Mill or a host of other cafes in Tyneside to see what a premium breakfast at this price point should be. Tables sticky - certainly discouraged elbows on table! Floor under the table greasy. Smelt like the fryers could do with a refresh. I was amazed how tight the cutlery was wrapped in a napkin until I discovered the napkin was moist - not hygienic surely? Had 5 out of 5 for scores on the doors hygiene rating so good for themMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023

Best Burgers Ever! You have to try them. The other specials were also excellent including the Truffle Chips. Wow xxxx

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

Fantastic food and service. Really friendly staff. Great place for families with children to eat. FANTASTIC REAL chicken burgers and the new menu is fabulous!!!! Try the burgers 💯

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023

Had lunch here and it was absolutely brilliant. They have changed the menu and the steak burgers are absolutely brilliant along with their truffle and parmesan fries. Definitely recommend it.

Date of visit: April 2023
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The Vale Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5