News, events and insights at Caffe Portico.
After the last season of music ended we have had a short break to establish our pizza nights on a weekly basis. Now we are serving pizza every Friday. However in that time we have had multiple enquiries about when the next music nights will be held. You spoke and we listened. So, the next music will be on Wednesday 17th August, followed by a new programme of live acts for you all to enjoy. To kick us off we will be welcoming the fantastic duo Jinski.
Recently they appeared live on BBC 1 The One Show and were featured on Channel 4 News. They also just opened for Lindisfarne at The Palace of Arts Newcastle on 3rd June.
Based in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, JINSKI are song writer Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy. Their music touches the borders of folk, country, and pop, keeping alive the song writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern. JINSKI tell stories that capture the mundane and the magic in everyday life.
They have supported O’Hooley & Tidow, Martin & Eliza Carthy and The Poozies last year and headlined the 12 Bar Club in London, also playing on the main stage at Broadstairs Folk festival.
They have just supported US band The Grahams on several of their dates last November at The Met Bury & The Musician in Leicester.
Their music has been described as ‘Folk for Modern Ears’ – MAVERICK magazine
In addition they had an article in Feb/Mar R2 Rock n Reel magazine:
If you would like to hear them in action this is a link to their most recent live video:
And to listen to more tracks go to
Tickets are now on sale at the Caffe for only £6, you can call 07956653156 to reserve tickets. The event will run as usual, a specially prepared menu will be served from 7.30pm and music to start at 8.30pm. We hope to see as many of you here as possible for another great night of music at Caffe Portico.
Every Friday will be Pizza Night at Caffe Portico!
We will now be serving delicious pizzas every Friday night! But now they’re even better, with a new dough recipe, but the same great smokey authentic flavour. So starting this Friday; the 3rd, you’ll be able to enjoy pizza every single week,
As the event progresses we’ll be brining out more Pizza choices to add to the menu as well as an antipasto range for you all to enjoy.
Having this event weekly means no more wondering if you can get a pizza on a Friday or not. You’ll know every Friday is pizza night! We still suggest you book a table to ensure you can eat at the time you’d prefer, which couldn’t be simpler, either give Sim a quick call on 07856653156 or leave a comment on the Facebook group with the number of people and the time you wish to eat.
For the music lovers among you, Caffe Portico Jazz/Music nights will be returning with a new programme very soon. We are currently sourcing some great new acts and lining up some well known favourites. These music nights will now be held on a combination of week nights and weekends, but we will give you plenty of notice to put the dates in your diaries.
Keep an eye out for all the new and exciting changes at Caffe Portico.
We hope to see you all very soon!
We’d like to invite you to a talk Lydia has given recently in St Petersburg – Russian Art – an Overview which will give a useful background to the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of a collection of portraits from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow called “Russia and the Arts – Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky”
The talk is about the development of art in Russia from the time of Peter the Great ( 18th century) under the influence of European artists and onto the truly Russian group called the Wanderers who in the 19th century turned their attention to scenes of Russian history, myths and contemporary society and some of the best landscape painting you are ever likely to see. Little known but fascinating and magnificent in many ways.
Tuesday 3rd May 6.30 at Cafe Portico – tickets £10 on the door with a complimentary hot drink (or wine at a small supplement).
Hope to see you there.
Do you like authentic Italian Pizza? The kind of pizza that makes you feel like you’re in Naples and tastes the way real pizza should.
Here at Caffe Portico Sim prides himself on making pizzas authentically, hand stretching the dough, topping it with a home-made sauce and simple fresh ingredients. Serving it straight out of our hand built wood fired pizza oven.
Our menu is bursting with Italian flavours with favourites such as the Calabrese; a fiery concoction of salame picante, nduja sausage and chilli. The Boscaiola, a hearty pizza with mushroom, Redhill Farm sausage, backed with fennel. Or the Quattro Stagioni, a combination of ham, mushroom, artichoke and olives making up all the four seasons. But let us not forget the classic Margherita, where simple ingredients cooked to perfection makes some pretty tasty pizza.
If you would like to join us at our next pizza night call 07956653156 to book a table.
What are your plans this Saturday night? Nothing? Well you could spend the evening enjoying good food and listening to talented musicians. That is what a night at Caffe Portico has in store this Saturday; the 9th. Sim will have a special menu prepared for the event and you will be able to enjoy your food listening to our warm up act and relax the rest of the night with our main event. Call 07956653156 to book a table.
We are very excited to announce the return of Phil Cooke as a guest Chef at Caffè Portico! Last Months Dining Experience was a great success and the food was absolutely delicious (we got to sample some). Now we will be welcoming him back on Saturday 23rd of April.
His new menu has been crafted with even more care to produce some truly fantastic dishes:
Duck Rillettes served with an Orange Marmalade and Toasted Brioche
Roasted Turbot, Carrot and Cardamon Purée, Hazelnut Crumb, asparagus and a Pesto Dressing
Chocolate mousse, Sable biscuit, Tarragon infused orange, Vanilla ice cream and candied walnuts
And contact Phil to book a table by calling 07754468372 or emailing Philcooke87@hotmail.com
Some examples of Phil’s last menu:
For those who don’t know yet, a few months ago Sim built his very own Wood Fired Pizza oven. With help from his friend Adam from VDuo Motorcycles he put it into the back of a Piaggio Ape. Now we are bringing you Portico Pizza Nights, where we serve the very best in traditional Neapolitan pizza.
We make our Pizzas by following classic Neapolitan methods. Sticking to traditional flavours, we hand-stretch the dough, top it with simple fresh ingredients and cook it at over 400C in the wood fired oven, giving it that authentic smoky flavour.
The first few Pizza nights were a real success and we are so happy with the support from all our guests. Aside from the food, the best thing is definitely the atmosphere. Come and relax with friends and enjoy a dining experience perfect for an easy Friday evening.
Over the next few weeks and months to come, we will increase the frequency of our Pizza nights in response to demand, so don’t worry if you miss one. If you want to try fantastic Neapolitan style Pizza, let us know and we can book you a table at the next evening, which will be on the 1st of April. Call Sim on 07956653156 to reserve a table.
Acoustic roots duo, Mambo Jambo, will be taking you on an intriguing and joyous musical journey mixing elements and sounds from world, folk and jazz on the 20th May. Featuring music from New Orleans, Cuba, Brazil and Eastern Europe, as well as cajun, bluegrass, boogie, and their own compositions. Between the two of them they carry with them more instruments than the average orchestra – Pete on guitar, vocal, banjo, percussion, tres (traditional Cuban guitar), ukulele, accordion, suitcase and Frankie on saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, vocal, and percussion.
Mambo Jambo have firmly established themselves as one of the country’s finest live acts, the pair play a bewildering array of acoustic instruments – all played with flair and enthusiasm. To describe their music as ‘feel-good’ is an understatement – I guarantee it will give everyone a lift after the winter blues” – Martin Peirson, Processed Pea Folk Club
‘Mambo Jambo are quite simply two of the most talented and entertaining musicians around. Their welcome return visits to the Hunsley Acoustic Music sessions are always a sell-out way in advance of their concerts which is a tribute to them as artists! The audience never cease to be enthralled and captivated by their versatility and their warm, entertaining delivery and exceptional talent. Once seen…never forgotten!!!’ – Will Richardson, Hunsley Acoustic Music
“Mambo Jambo- Wonderful sound” – Gareth Evans, BBC Radio Sheffield
“The sheer enthusiasm & joy of their music along with their wonderful musicianship & great stage presence combine to create an act that will undoubtedly go down a storm wherever they play.” – Jim McLaughlin, Musicport Festival
Take a look at some of their tracks:
Tickets are £6 from the Caffè, Call 07956653156 for more details, see you soon!
There is going to be a change in the line up for the April 9th gig at Caffe Portico. Ryan Farmer was booked to play however due to unforeseen circumstances he is unable to perform. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and the gig will be going ahead.
You have come to expect a high calibre of acts at Caffe Portico, and we don’t intend to disappoint. The new musician will be the gifted Jack Conman.
Jack combines the percussive potential of his guitar with heartfelt lyrics:
“if you’re an audience member, there are a fair few things that you can turn your attention to, from the technique of the playing, the melodies from both the guitar and the vocals, the lyrics and the emotion behind the song, and of course the foot tapping rhythm. The thing I think is the most important, however, is that the songs that you play, whether you’ve written them or if you’re covering, strike some form of emotional chord with the musician and the audience.”
You can check out some his first official video here:
In addition, he will be supported by Joseph Knight, another very talented musician who can get you warmed up for the main act.
Ticket prices will only be £5, tickets available from the Caffe, call 07956653156 for more details.
Doors open at 7pm, a specially prepared menu will be available before the performance, food served from 7.30pm, music at 8.30pm.
We hope to see as many of you as possible, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next upcoming events.