5 Spots For A Cup Of Tea In Durham

Enjoy a morning coffee or an afternoon cuppa the next time you’re out with a senior; these are some of our favourite places in Durham for a cup of tea and slice of cake.

A nice way to while away an hour or two is to pop out for a cup of tea or coffee, whatever the weather it always feels a treat. A time to relax, unwind, have a chat with friends or family and a spot of people watching.

Durham and surrounding villages have plenty of places to enjoy a cuppa, from a tiny cafe to an iconic World Heritage site, what better activity for an elderly relative, friend or guest.

The Undercroft

Tea Rooms don’t come any grander than this, located in Durham Cathedral’s Medieval Undercroft. you can literally taste the history.

Additional seating is available outside in the peaceful cloisters which is just as beautiful.

Light lunches and delicious homemade snacks, cakes and of course their famous scones, washed down with freshly brewed coffee. Produce is locally sourced.

The perfect spot to meet friends and take in the unique location.

The Cathedral is situated at the top of a steep and cobbled street making access for those with mobility issues difficult, there is limited parking for blue badge holders on the Palace Green, but this is subject to a congestion charge when driving on the peninsula, the best way to access is via the ‘hop on, hop off’ cathedral bus.

The Green House

This is a coffee shop and restaurant with plenty to do and see, based inside Lanchester Garden Centre. Found just outside Lanchester Village and 5 miles from Durham City.

With it’s bright and airy conservatory feel and large choice menu, this is a great place to take your elderly companion or family member, and an ideal place for the whole family to enjoy.

From a varied and luxury gift shop and deli counter, to antiques and garden ornaments, as well as a traditional garden centre, this has something for everyone.

It houses the unique experience of Potter’s World, Durham’s only registered zoo, although don’t expect to find lions or elephants. The tropical village has free flying exotic birds, reptiles and fish, and an owl and bird of prey enclosure.

There is a lovely garden walk to explore, walk to the hide or feed the ducks with food available from the shop. Did you know you mustn’t feed bread to ducks or swans?

This is a favourite with our Care Professionals when having an afternoon out with their clients.

A great destination for mum and dad and all the family.

Dunes Café

Is there a café with a better view than this in County Durham? Situated on the cliff top overlooking Crimdon Beach, this new café is definitely worth a visit, what could be better than a steaming cup of coffee or a hot chocolate whilst watching the waves crash beneath you, especially on a cold day after a bracing walk on the beach?

There are light snacks and a range of hot and cold drinks available as well as toilets and plenty of free parking.

It doesn’t have the quintessential tea room feel, but with those views your eye is only drawn to the vast windows and this new building is low carbon and eco-friendly, this is a prefect spot to ‘grab a cuppa’ after a beach walk.

Seating is plentiful and accessible to everyone, and dogs are very welcome.

Quebec Tea Room

Now this is a typical quintessential tea room, the pine tables and eclectic mix of mismatched chairs, along with rustic brickwork and floral wallpaper, this is the prettiest of tea rooms.

Found in the tiny hamlet of Quebec, a couple of miles in either direction from Langley Park and Esh Winning, with plenty of parking.

On entering your eyes are drawn to the enormous cakes on the counter, how do you only choose 1 slice? Food is cooked fresh to order with a good range of hot and cold drinks, and dog friendly and accessible too.

If you know a senior who is perhaps celebrating a special milestone then a delightful afternoon tea is available with 24hrs notice.

There is a small gift shop to browse with seasonal offerings.

Open daily except Wednesdays.

Broom House Farm Coffee Shop

Another lovely coffee shop in a unique setting, set high up in the rolling countryside of Durham, not too far from Sacriston and Witton Gilbert, this working farm provides the meat, milk and cream used in the coffee shop, although plenty of vegetarian options are available.

Open daily Tuesday to Sunday, and housed in wooden building with log fire, solar power and a living roof. In warmer weather there is a sun deck for taking in the views.

Breakfast, lunch and delicious cakes, with a range of drinks available, and afterwards why not take a stroll through the

You can take your own picnic and a separate field and benches are provided, or why not call in to the farm shop for some provisions, all reared or produced on the farm, excellent for sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.

So, you’ll see whatever your taste in coffee shop and tea room venues, there is something in Durham that will suit you.

Do you want to find out about the benefits of senior home care in Durham? Give our team a shout if you’d like to know more.