It’s not just beer gardens which can open outdoor spaces from April 12, cafes will also be able to serve brews with a view.
We’ve rounded up some of the coffee shops and cafes in Sunderland and Seaham who will be opening up their outdoor tables, so you can enjoy a much-needed coffee break with up to five friends or another household. Note that all businesses will be able to open for sit-in dining from May 17.
1. Vista, Ashbrooke Sports Ground
New coffee shop Vista recently opened its doors in Ashbrooke Sports Club for takeaway. And from April 12 you'll be able to take your drinks onto the terrace to take in the views of the sports ground. Photo: JPI Media
2. The Lookout, Seaham Marina
For some of the best sea views in Seaham head to The Lookout who've confirmed they'll be opening their outdoor seating from April 12. After being closed for five months, they say they can't wait to see their customers again. Photo: JPI Media
3. Palominos, Hawthorn Dene
For one of the most charming spots for a catch up over a coffee and ice cream try Palominos on the edge of Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve. The converted horse box will bring back its outdoor seating area from Saturday, April 17. Find them just off Stockton Road before you get to Hawthorn village. Photo: submitted
4. Paticake Patisserie, Tunstall Road, Thornhill
Pati Cake Patisserie sells some of the best cakes and scones in the city and now you can enjoy them al fresco. There's only a limited number of outdoor seats but enough to enjoy a much-needed catch up and a slice of cake with a friend. Photo: JPI Media