Here is our guide to the best speciality cafés and roasteries in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Durham in the North East of England.
Speciality coffee in Newcastle
Located on Market Street just a few minutes from the town centre, Camber Coffee is one of the big hitters in Newcastle’s speciality coffee scene.
The large building comprises of a coffee shop and bike shop. As of 2018, Camber is now under the management of North Shore Coffee Co.
Camber serves a range of filter coffees to try alongside their espresso-based coffees. They also serve food all day long.
Address: 33-35 Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6JE
Phone: 01670 700030
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Pink Lane Coffee
Another giant of Newcastle’s speciality coffee scene is Pink Lane Coffee. Located on Pink Lane, it’s just a stone’s throw from Central Station.
Pink Lane Coffee has been operating since 2012. The coffee is provided by their very own roastery, so you’ll get excellently fresh coffee. You can even buy a bag to take home, too.
As well as espresso-based drinks, Pink Lane offer other hot beverages as well as delicious food.
Address: 1 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5DW
Phone: 07841 383085
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Flat Caps Coffee
Flat Caps Coffee is definitely one you’ll want to make a priority. Joe, the founder, was one of the pioneers in bringing speciality coffee to Newcastle.
Flat Caps serve coffees from Colonna, Has Bean, and Workshop, you’ll be drinking coffee from some of the country’s best roasters.
On offer are espresso-based drinks, alternating filter coffees, other hot beverages such as tea, and food is also served from opening to closing.
Address: 9-11 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF
Phone: 0191 261 5748
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Harvest (Ouseburn Coffee Co.)
Harvest is owned by Ouseburn Coffee Roasters and is located on St George’s Terrace, a few minutes’ walk away from West Jesmond station.
On offer are the regular espresso-based coffees as well as rotating filter coffees. A simple breakfast and brunch menu is also on offer to accompany your coffee.
The coffees from Ouseburn are available to buy at Harvest in bags of 300g.
Address: 91 St George’s Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DN
Phone: 07572 138729
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Hatch coffee is run by Mark at the car park on Ellison Place beside Northumbria University.
Mark offers espresso-based coffees (decaf available too), tea by Canton Tea Co., hot chocolate, and sweet and savoury snacks.
Address: Car park, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8XS
Phone: 07713 820905
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Laneway & Co.
Located on High Bridge, Laneway & Co. is one of the newest additions to Newcastle’s specialty coffee scene.
Offerings away are espresso-based coffee from Allpress, and guest filters from the likes of Origin, Caravan, and Square Mile.
Address: 17-19 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW
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1901 Caffe Bistro
Located near West Jesmond station is 1901 Caffe Bistro. Definitely somewhere the entire family can enjoy with their milkshake topped with whipped cream alternatives.
On offer are espresso-based coffees, other hot and cold beverages, and a delicious bistro menu, including the traditional English fry-up.
Address: 68 St. George’s Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2DL
Phone: 0191 340 9774
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Speciality coffee in Gateshead
Arch Sixteen Café
Located just over the River Tyne in Gateshead is Arch Sixteen Café.
The usual espresso-based drinks are offered alongside other beverages such as tea. A small food menu is offered alongside gorgeously appetising cakes and doughnuts.
Address: 16 Wellington St, Gateshead NE8 2AJ
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Backyard Bike Shop
Another just across the river in Gateshead is is Backyard Bike Shop. The café is located in front of the bike shop.
Espresso-based drinks are offered alongside pour-over coffee, refillable tea and hot chocolate. There is a brunch menu that is served until 5pm each day alongside small snacks.
After 5pm, cocktails replace the coffee if you want to neutralize all that caffeine.
Address: Hillgate Quay, Gateshead NE8 2BH
Phone: 07519 098963
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Speciality coffee in Sunderland
Speciality coffee in Middlesbrough
Bedford St Coffee
As its name suggests, the café is located on Bedford Street, just a few minutes’ walk away from Borough Road.
Bedford is run by Rounton Coffee Roasters, but the café regularly features coffees from roasters from around Europe.
As well as espresso-based coffees, they provide filter coffees, teas from Storm Teas, and hot chocolate from Kokoa Collection.
Address: 27 Bedford St, Middlesbrough TS1 2LL
Phone: 01642 647856
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Baker Street Kitchen
Just off Borough Road is Baker Street Kitchen. They advertise themselves as a coffee bar & bistro, and the food that they serve certainly doesn’t disappoint.
On offer are espresso-based coffee drinks, teas and hot chocolate.
Address: Victoria House, 159 Albert Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2PX
Phone: 01642 210404
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Off the Ground Coffee
Located in the centre of Middlesbrough, Off the Ground has been serving great coffee since 2017.
To go with their espresso-based coffees, on offer are filter coffees from a range of UK roasters as well as teas. A small food menu accompanies the drink offerings so you won’t go hungry.
Address: 63 Grange Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 5AS
Phone: 07803 090476
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Speciality coffee in Durham
Flat White Kitchen
Address: 40 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NU
Phone: 07936 449291
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