The British Isles are known for their topsy-turvy weather patterns, but from a practical point of view, there are two seasons: the part of the year when we drink tea or coffee indoors and the part of the year when we drink them outside, weather permitting. While we can’t guarantee sunny weather in summer, we can promise that you’ll get a world class brew and the best of British service at these tea and coffee houses in Durham City.

Crook Hall and Gardens

This is our number one tea house for summer due to its heavenly gardens, which is not to say the rest of the hall isn’t sumptuous as well. Although it is not far from the train station, it still has that ”hidden gem” feeling about it.

Tealicious Tea Room

When you want an intimate location for a special occasion, or just to treat yourself, book a table here and you will be glad you did. Note that you must make a reservation two days in advance.


Dark Matter Cafe

This unique cafe is not aimed at everyone, which is why it is perfect for you if you are into comic books, card games and socialising with others who share your hobbies. For parents of budding young geeks, this is the ideal place to offload the kids for a few hours, or, if you are the elder geek in the family, then you can escape the kids here.

9 Altars Cafe

Despite being in the centre, it is easy to walk right past the entrance and so it is usually not full of tourists. This cosy, dog-friendly little cafe is great value and has an unpretentious, homely atmosphere.


Jumping Bean Cafe

For the best vegan and vegetarian cafe in Durham, look no further. If you are watching your waistline, beware of the peanut cake – if you get addicted to it, there are no known cases of anyone recovering. They also have live music events.

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