‘Hidden gem’ tea room nominated for Sunderland Echo Portfolio business awards

The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award
The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award
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A tea room which has been described as a “hidden gem” has been nominated for an award.

The Secret Garden Tea Room in South Hylton, Sunderland, is in the running for an Echo Portfolio Business Award.

The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award

The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award

Manager Julie Carr said: “I am over the moon, really happy about it.

“It is nice to know that there are a lot of people who know about us.

“It is lovely that we have people who come from all over to see us.”

The Secret Garden was opened more than two years ago and is owned by Kathryn Tatton. The family business also includes Kathleen Carr and Michael Carr who are directors of the business.

The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award

The Secret Garden Tearoom manager Julie Carr, left, with staff Jade Cullen and Chloe Tumilty, nominated for Portfolio Business Award

Among the awards nominations for the business, one described it as “a hidden gem of a tearoom at South Hylton. Professionally run, fantastic helpful staff, special events are brilliant, and hold tea parties for all ages.”

Another praised the “fantastic management at all times.”

Julie said part of their success was because of the wide range of clientele which included walkers and Women’s Institute members. The business is also well known for the number of baby showers that it holds.

The Secret Garden Tea Room joins an ever-increasing list of nominations for our awards.

There has already been a great selection of candidates for this year’s competition and there is still time for more to come forward before the deadline at the end of August. Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

This year sees a new category, also sponsored by Make It Sunderland, which will recognise the contribution social enterprises make to the city. Sponsors are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.

We want to receive even more entries.

To put your favourites in the running, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk, e-mail lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the nomination form on the opposite page