Sunderland tea room in the running at National Vintage Awards

June Clark owner of Serendipity Tea Rooms, Frederick Street, Sunderland, is backing the Business Improvement District initiative.
June Clark owner of Serendipity Tea Rooms, Frederick Street, Sunderland, is backing the Business Improvement District initiative.
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A city centre business is in the running for an award for serving up a slice of nostalgia.

Serendipity Tea and Trinkets, in Sunderland’s Frederick Street, has been nominated for the title of shop of the year at this year’s National Vintage Awards.

Opened in March 2012, the tea-room specialises in dishing up Wearside-inspired teas, food and cakes in kitsch surroundings.

“I’m delighted to be up for this award,” said owner June Clark. “I’ve worked so hard to build up my business, and to have national recognition would be amazing.

“I’d love for everyone in Sunderland to vote.”

Taking place in Cheltenham on Wednesday, July 15, the national awards ceremony was launched three years ago to celebrate, showcase and reward independent businesses inspired by the past.

A spokesperson for the awards said: “Serendipity is a charming vintage-style tea-room which offers delicious home-made food and cakes and a superb traditional afternoon tea.

“It also operates a catering business, as well as running regular events, activities and craft classes.

“Serendipity is so much more than a tea-room.”

Voting takes place online throughout this month at www.thenationalvintageawards.co.uk.