The Independent Cafés to Visit on Your Daily Walk
North Shore Coffee: Little Moor, Gosforth and coming soon to Grainger Market
After turning his events-based coffee business (inspired by the community over in Melbourne) into a grab-and-go takeaway van in Gosforth during Lockdown 1.0, Toby’s North Shore now draws local residents in their (socially-distanced) droves thanks to its speciality coffee and locally-made pastries. With their first fixed site opening in Grainger Market this year too, this is one for the caffeine addicts to get excited about.
Alley Four, coming soon to Newcastle
We can’t wait for the launch of Alley Four, for speciality coffee served through a hatch. Located with contemporary barbershop The Hoi Polloi, and operated by Newcastle’s Pink Lane Coffee, we can guarantee this is going to be a go to for many in the coming months.
Back Yard Bike Shop, Gateshead
Out cycling? Need help with your two wheeler? Did you know Gateshead’s resident bike shop has a café serving takeaway coffee and light snacks throughout the day? Well, now you do, so there’s nothing stopping you parking your bike and popping in to refuel.
Bettys Café Tea Rooms, Northallerton, Harrogate, York and Ilkley
There are six Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Yorkshire, where you can indulge in handmade bread, cakes and chocolates from their own craft bakery. Expect the finest teas and coffees and delicious freshly prepared Swiss-Yorkshire savoury specialities. All stores except Bettys Stonegate remain open for an order and collect service, so you don’t have to miss out on the goodness.
Bison Coffee House, York
This independent coffee house serves up delicious Hasbean Coffee and will remain open seven days a week for takeaway and click and collect throughout lockdown, whilst adhering to government guidelines. When you pop by for your hot drink, don’t forget to try their mouth-watering millionaire shortbread brownie, which pairs perfectly with a hot chocolate.
Brew and Bite, Heaton
Following their success in Lockdown 1.0, speciality coffee house Brew & Bite are offering more than just seriously good coffee. From toasties, brioches and bagels to cruffins (that’s a cross between a croissant and a muffin), loaves and cakes, the team have also set up shop with all of your essentials, including eggs, milk, pasta and flour.
Café 1901, Jesmond
This popular cafe in the heart of Jesmond is busy doing orders for collection (apparently their club sandwich is something else), but there’s no way you’ll be leaving without some of their Rocky Road to go with your Chai Latte or herbal tea. Just pre-order for collection.
Cake Stories, Jesmond
This family-run coffee house and cakery has taken things curb-side to satisfy your coffee cravings. There are 23 different flavours of loose-leaf tea on offer too, alongside speciality hot chocolates (hello, chocolate orange), and an array of sweet treats.
Coffee on the Crescent, Leeds
Fresh savouries, sandwiches, homemade soups and creative cakes are served daily here. Now, more than ever, whether you just need to see a friendly face, grab a loaf to take home or simply get your favourite hug in a mug, Coffee on the Crescent aim to be here for you.
Cole Kitchen, Sunderland
This speciality coffee house love all of the good things in life – good coffee, good tea and good food. Operating a new click and collect service, call up and order from their menu of smoothies, loose leaf teas, frappes, kombuchas, and coffees alongside fresh daily specials, from bacon, egg, smoked cheddar and chilli jam brioche sarnies, to beetroot burgers.
Flat White Kitchen, Durham
Whilst the kitchen at Durham’s top breakfast spot remains closed, they are running a takeaway service offering everything from pancakes to Yorkshire pudding wraps to go – alongside great coffee, of course.
Gosforth Traders, Gosforth
While these local traders have had your wine and cheese nights covered since early lockdown days, they’re now your go to for take-out coffee and while you’re there, why not treat yourself to a chocolate cake to keep you going?
Grants Bakery, Corbridge
Last year, they won Best Craft Bakery in the North. This year they were named National Winner at the Craft Bakery Business Awards. You can’t argue with that. Along with freshly- baked crusty bread and sweet treats, their hot drinks to take away are a winner too.
HOBO Coffee House, Yarm
If you haven’t tried the barrel-aged coffee from Rounton Coffee Roasters yet, you’re missing out, and Hobo Coffee House on Yarm High Street have them on tap to take away.
The Little Shop, Sunderland
Don’t let the name fool you. While the shop might be little, it’s filled with take-out goodies including specialty coffee, quality beers, natural wines and fresh artisan donuts. It’s a co-operative brought to you by Holmeside Coffee, so you’re in good hands.
Marshalls Cafe, Berwick
This family-run café in Berwick is well-stocked with homemade cakes and treats. Call in for brownies and coffees to go, or (if the health kick is in full swing) an overnight oat pot with chia, pumpkin seeds, and a drizzle of honey.
Muse Continental Café, Yarm
Muse are known for their European-inspired range of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. There are plenty of options to choose from, and they’re now available to takeaway with their new ‘dine at home’ scheme. Think soufflé, risotto and a decadent cheeseboard. There’s even delicious desserts to choose from including milk chocolate mousse with winter fruits – that’s our order sorted.
Northern Rye, Byker
This small batch bakery specialises in sumptuous sourdoughbread, pastries, sandwiches – and perfect coffee. Using Notes Coffee beans, which are always sourced directly from farmers and focus on high grade, single origin small batch coffee production, it means a delicate and unique flavour with every cup.
Penshaw Farm Shop, Penshaw
Located on the outskirts of Penshaw village, and overlooked by the stunning Penshaw Monument, this farm shop’s tearoom is in the perfect position for you to refuel on your way back down the hill from the monument, but be warned you’ll do well to avoid temptation from their sweet treats too.
Scotts of Alnmouth, Northumberland
This deli-cum-café is brimming with artisan bread, and home made pies and cakes, as well as fantastic coffee. Call in for a cappuccino post-bracing beach walk, and pick up your Friday- night-in essentials whilst you’re at it.
The Stables at the Vale, Yarm
Early morning strolling? The Stables are opening their doors for breakfast takeaway, and coffee, and there’s plenty of parking if you’re passing on your way to work too. Hearty breakfast favourites are available every weekend with their new breakfast club, but if you’re just popping in for a hot drink, you’re always welcome.
Surf Café, Tynemouth
From hot chocolates with a twist (we’re big fans of the Kinder Bueno), to coffees, teas and takeaway breakfasts, this one is a sure bet to warm up after a brisk walk along the beach.
Tamper Coffee, Sheffield
This coffee bar serves gourmet coffee, speciality teas, pies and pastries, sandwiches and delicious, homemade cakes – but their treats are always on trend. Take their vegan French toast with chai custard and biscoff for example – there’s plenty of choice for Veganuary and you can expect bakes from Sheffield’s The Depot Bakery in store too.
The Village Deli, Stockton
Great coffee, great food and a friendly service awaits at The Village Deli. Their take-out grazing boxes have been a hit for Teessiders, and their take-out hot drinks are perfect for keeping you warm while you walk.
Yo Bakehouse, Malton
This artisan bakery, coffee house and eatery offers sumptuous sweet treats (including vegan and gluten-free options) to accompany their hot drinks. You’ll also find freshly-baked bread and pastries available on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Wheel House, North Shields
This cosy coffee shop on the bustling North Shields Fish Quay has been operating as a takeaway since the first lockdown. Serving blends from the local Tynemouth Coffee Co, and a range of sweet treats, stop by to satisfy your caffeine needs and warm up on your daily stroll along the Quay.
Zee's Beans, Newcastle
Enjoy speciality coffee out of a Land Rover, because, why not? A flat white and a cookie makes a great start to the day, and their lotus cookies are something else.