1. Tynemouth Coffee Co
Coffee blend naming doesn’t get much more intensely northern than this: try the Bobby Dazzler, Black Midden, Hadaway Harry or one of their five other blends.
Unit 4 Back Stormont Street
North Shields NE29 0EY
0191 260 0995 www.tynemouthcoffee.com
2. Ouseburn Coffee Co
The breakout success of the North East’s roastery scene – though just because you can get their beans all over Tyne and Wear, you shouldn’t let familiarity blind you to their brilliance. Pick some up from their Jesmond café, Harvest.
Newcastle NE6 1LH
07572 138729 www.ouseburncoffee.co.uk
3. Colour Coffee
They’re the suppliers for fondly regarded Newcastle supping dens Pink Lane and Bunker, and their hi-tech approach has yielded extraordinary results: try their Kenyan Gakayuini beans, which have a bright, grapefruity tone and satisfying creaminess.
Back Goldspink Lane
One of the less trumpeted names around the North East coffee scene but certainly one of the most richly deserving of a good old toot, Rounton’s range includes the particularly good Ethiopian Rocko Mountain which combines a strawberry-like sweetness with blueberry-ish acidity.
Northallerton DL6 2LG
07539 285197 www.routoncoffee.co.uk
5. Northern Edge
Jimmy Strength, a local character from the 1790s known for his short stature and extreme lifting power, is immortalised in the name of their punchy espresso beans. The creamier Three Bridges is a good option if you don’t want the top of your cranium blown clean off.
Unit 5 Meantime Workshops
North Greenwich Road, Berwick TD15 1RG
07955 810894 www.northernedgecoffee.co.uk
6. Laneway & Co
The clean, faintly Scandinavian interior in this brand new bar, all wood and white and neat tiling, is matched by coffee treated with real care. The lads in here know what they’re doing.
17–19 High Bridge
Newcastle NE1 1EW
7. Pilgrims Coffee House
True to the name, people do come from miles around for the beans from this comfy boutique roastery. The roasting itself is done in a little yurt out the back, and since the coffeehouse comes with both a walled garden and an open fire, you’re sorted whatever the weather.
Holy Island TD15 2SJ
01289 389109 www.pilgrimscoffee.com
8. True Coffeehouse
Aside from the top-notch coffee, there’s a monthly comedy club and occasional live music here, plus a brand new tropical garden out the back. If it’s rammed, try the equally excellent BLK Coffee, 20 seconds’ walk away.
234 Chillingham Road
Heaton NE6 5LJ
9. Mockingbird Deli
If you’re absolutely guaranteed to get a decent coffee anywhere, it’s an Italian delicatessen. This one’s particularly good, and there might well be live music on too if you pop in.
18 High Street
Yarm TS15 9AE
01642 913357 www.facebook.com/The-Mockingbird-Deli-Yarm
10. The Running Fox
Nestled by the River Coquet, this one’s so popular it’s got its own range of branded mugs. That’s big-time. Everything here’s satisfyingly well-portioned, and the coffee’s local: it’s roasted in Middlesbrough by Caffe Vinci.
Felton NE65 9EA
01670 787090 www.runningfoxbakery.co.uk
11. Holmeside Coffee
Probably the hippest place in all of Sunderland, this bijou joint is casual in a studied, artful sort of way and welcomes guest coffees regularly, as well as hosting arts events and exhibitions.
Sunderland SR1 3JE
07960 057591 www.holmesidecoffee.com
Flat White gets a lot of plaudits – and rightly so – but this quiet little café equals it for brewing skill and is a good option to have if you can’t face sharing a space with half of the university.
1 Back Silver Street, Fowler’s Yard
Durham DH1 3RA