A brand born out of Lockdown! When our sister coffee shop Brew & Bite was forced to close during Lockdown, Craig knew he couldn’t just sit back and found a creative way to help keep the brand growing.
Taking inspiration from our time spent over the pond, he brought the iconic New York bagel to Newcastle! Dot is the first of its kind in the region, serving sweet and savoury New York bagels with fillings that combine flavours both exotic and local tastes.
The vision was to bring something new to the Newcastle food scene by working with local suppliers and give a Geordie twist to the US classic. Inspired by the Boston ‘House Special’ bagels we used to enjoy, we offer a range of flavours from Classic Rueben to Boujie Lox with Cream Cheese and even a North East Parmo.
During lockdown, Craig was inspired to try something new to support our existing business ‘Brew and Bite’ and the local community. We began advertising on social media with Craig baking the orders himself, and found a growing demand for local deliveries, such that we were selling out daily.
In September 2020, we opened our first site (just a few doors down from Brew & Bite) on Chillingham Road and the uptake was phenomenal! In December 2020 we launched a pop up in Fenwick Food Hall during one of their busiest periods on the run up to Christmas.
When the 3rd lockdown eased in April 2021 we took up a permanent position in Fenwick, opened our 2nd bricks and mortar shop on Acorn Road in Jesmond as well as a quayside location at By the River Brew.. (all in 1 month!)
HANDMADE DAILY. ALWAYS
All of our bagels are handmade daily, in small batches by our production team at our Chillingham Road shop in Heaton. The whole process takes over 24 hours! Without giving away too many secrets.. our dough is made using fresh yeast and slowly brought together. The flavours are then added, the dough is balled and then set to rest overnight. Once ready.. they are hole’d, boiled and baked until perfectly blistered!
We take care in our process and love changing people’s perceptions on bagels, with most customers not realising how good fresh bagels can taste.