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“Always good but always busy” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Penshaw Tea Rooms

Penshaw Tea Rooms
Ranked #1 of 23 Coffee & Tea in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Always good but always busy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

Been visiting for many years. The tea and scones are always nice.

Recently however we've been visiting less just because it's always busy and the whole system of getting in and getting a table is always a stress as the queue to get a table gets mixed up with the queue to order food and drink and often you're expected to order what you want at the same time as being shown to a table without being given a moment to think what you might like!

IMHO it would work much better if the queue at the door was just to get a table and someone came and took your order.

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  • English first
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English first
sunderland
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

I often visit the tea rooms and have never been disappointed . The food is excellent, although it is not a cheap option. I chose cheese flan while my husband had a bacon bap. Both were delicious. We shared a desert as they are enormous. Don't be shy and ask for a box to take home the uneaten portions. That said the staff will offer you a box if they see you struggle to finish. This is a very busy eatery, but the service is excellent, as are the staff. We will be back soon.

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Thank maryb1920
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Good quality lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

On the off chance we popped in for a spot of lunch. Never been before, but we were pleasantly surprised! Lots of choice, sandwiches, wraps, pies etc. It was really busy on a bank holiday, but still didn't have to wait too long for food.
Really generous with the extras, big salad, home made coleslaw.
We'll be back!
Additionally there's an amazing farm butcher there! Looked like top quality.

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Thank Phil_L_56
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Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Have your cake and not eat it ALL! fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

I have visited on numerouse occasions, every one an absolute pleasure. The hot chocolate with marshmallows ummmm!, the homemade chunky soup ahhh! and then theres the cake, WOW great choices and serving size exceptional, value well yes for the quality and portion size, definatly.
Finally it's s always a great atmosphere, the staff adding to that, and the plants and butchers a bonus. If you fancy a break, don't go anywhere else!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank allanforster11
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Pleasant place to pop for a snack”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

Very light and airy tea room, good place for a snack or lunch. The only problem is it can be rather packed on a fine weekend or bank holiday.

But he staff are helpful and friendly, very good farm butchers on site selling good quality meats.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank DianeNDrew
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