I was meeting a few friends recently so we opted to have coffees in the Staiths Cafe, near the Dunston Staiths in Gateshead. It was my first visit. Quite a pleasant establishment with modest prices. There was live music when we were there, which meant our conversation was in direct competition. We were there on a dark, cold and wet evening but I will probably return in the summer to enjoy the view over the Tyne.