Café with branches in Newcastle and Heaton to close at the end of May

The Canny Goat coffee shop in Newcastle City Centre.
The Canny Goat coffee shop in Newcastle City Centre. -Credit:Iain Buist/Newcastle Chronicle

A much-loved Newcastle coffee shop is set to close at the end of the month.

The Canny Goat, which has branches in Newcastle city centre and Heaton, will bring the shutters down permanently on Thursday, May 30. Its main shop on Monk Street has been open since August 2019 and served specialist coffees, teas, cakes, and toasties.

After battling through the Covid pandemic to become one of the highest-rated cafés in Newcastle, a second shop followed on Whitefield Terrace in Heaton in May 2023.

However, managing director Iain Knox believes it is time for a different direction, with the Monk Street café to be taken over by Lagom Coffee, and the Heaton shop to get a new look and branding soon. The Canny Goat's Byker Roastery will also close.

Mr Knox thanked customers in a post on Facebook, saying: "It’s finally time to announce that Canny Goat Coffee is ready for a new field. It’s been an amazing 5 years, but now I’m ready for a new challenge and for some fresh businesses to call our locations home.

"I want to thank you all for your loyal custom, support and most importantly, friendship, since we first opened the doors in 2019. I’ve got countless memories and stories from my time running these businesses and I’ve made friends for life over many, many cups of coffee!

"I’m extremely proud of what we’ve built here and I want to give a huge thank you to all of my family, friends, staff and suppliers who have supported me along the way. Without you, this wouldn’t have been possible."