10 of the best cafes and tea shops in the North East

PUBLISHED: 19:11 12 April 2015

A good cup of coffee can brighten up your day

A good cup of coffee can brighten up your day


Where's the best place in the North East to get a brew and some good cake? Rachel Spedding investigates

Flat White

Tucked away from the buzz of the city, Flat White is a predominantly student-hang out, offering quality coffee in a cosy environment. Offering locally sourced food and a relaxed atmosphere; the reputation of this café ensures a constant stream of customers queuing for some of the best available caffeine on offer in Durham (and beyond). At little over £2 for a latte, it’s difficult to refuse.

21A Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA

Quilliam Brothers

The hustle and bustle of this student tearoom welcomes dozens of customers at all hours of the day (from 10am-midnight!) With an expert range of teas, from Darjeeling to Rooibos, the friendly-staff, floor cushions and cinema room collaborate to create a unique and tasty experience. If the lengthy menu leaves you stumped, give the Milk Oolong a try – a safe but delicious choice.

Claremont Buildings, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RD

Flat Caps Coffee

Joe Meagher (Flat Cap Joe) has created a café that evolves each month through an ever-changing menu of teas and coffees. Offering three forms of coffee-brewing techniques, the performance aspect of this experience is as exciting as the delicious drinks on offer. Whether brewed by syphon, AeroPress or cafetiere, the coffee is always delicious and catered to your personal taste. If you can find this miniature coffee shop, you’ll never want to leave.

13 Ridley Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8JQ

Milkhope Centre

The recent renovation of Milkhope has finally satisfied the demand of hungry customers, providing more space and seating for it’s loyal cliental. Hailed for tradition and quality taste, the café offers the delicious usual suspects of tea and scones, in a friendly and fresh environment. Once full from Milkhope’s scrumptious lunchtime offerings, head to the neighbouring shops to extend your time in this welcoming setting.

Milkhope Centre, Seaton Burn, NE13 6DA

Beaches and Cream

Situated on the Cullercoats coastline, Beaches and Cream is a unique café that rises above its neighbouring competitors. Offering luxurious lattés with even better views, head here for a tasty drink and a stylish setting before wandering the coast to Tynemouth for its popular weekend market.

Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats, NE30 4PN

Brocksbushes Tea Room

Noted for summertime soft-fruit picking, Brocksbushes Farm consists of a farm shop, café and promotes seasonal fayres. The tearoom offers various sweet treats, from tray bakes to cakes, with numerous options decorating the ‘specials board’. The traditional furnishing of the tearoom contributes to its warm and inviting atmosphere. It is certainly a must during summertime, where the fields are ripe with strawberries and the café is bursting with flavour.

Stocksfield, Corbridge, NE43 7UB

Barter Books

A second-hand bookshop situated in the countryside town of Alnwick, Barter Books developed the ‘station buffet’ within the renovated train station back in 2008. Maintaining the authentic feel of the building, the cosy café is a wonderful escape from the entrancing array of vintage books. Snuggle up by the fire for a cheese scone and traditional cuppa in this unique Victorian station; a place filled with memories, where you’re sure to make your own.

Alnwick Station, Wagon Way Road, Alnwick, NE66 2NP

Holmeside Coffee

Holmeside oozes modernity and minimalism with its wooden furnishings and exposed brick walls. This, combined with quality ‘Ouseburn Coffee Company’ coffee explains the success of the recently opened café in Sunderland. With locally sourced coffee and through promoting local music, the coffee shop credits individuality whilst offering free wifi and reading books to customers. Holmeside’s laid-back vibe ensures that wherever you’ve travelled from, you’ll be made to feel at home.

27-28 Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE

The Olde Young Tea House

Voted as Middlesbrough’s ‘Best Independent Store of the Year’ in 2014, The Olde Young Tea House boasts a welcoming, community feel and a loyal following on social media. With an ever-expanding collection of confectionary, from Creme Egg cupcakes to Jaffa Cake gluten-free brownies, the teahouse welcomes chocoholics and tea connoisseurs to their recently renovated establishment. Opt for a cup of the grapefruit black tea infusion, a favourite amongst the cliental, to wash down a slice of cake…or two.

84 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2LS

The Running Fox

The Running Fox has become synonymous with large portions and superb taste. If you can’t face the infamous afternoon tea, settle for a delicious sausage sandwich and latte, which is sure to equally impress. Having become a favourite amongst locals and beyond, this quaint café also features a bakery, encouraging The Running Fox taste to continue beyond the front door. Make yourself comfortable, and prepare to be impressed.

2-4 Riverside, Felton, NE65 9EA

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