Not that we need an excuse for a good brew, but National Tea Day (Thursday, April 21) seems as good a time as any to enjoy a lovely cup of your favourite blend - be it English Breakfast, Earl Grey or herbal – and a cake or sweet treat of choice as the perfect accompaniment.
Since it’s the second week of the Easter school holidays for many, why not enjoy an afternoon jaunt out.
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With so many places to go, we turned to the Sunderland Echo readers for their favourite places for that all-important cuppa and cake.
Here are some of your recommendations. Click here to add your own to the post.
Biz-R, High Street West: Recommended by Margaret Amer and Louise Gibson.
Bungalow Cafe, Pier View: Recommended by Steven Smith.
Crumb On In, Holmeside: Recommended by Cathy Thomas, Mandy Brown, Michelle Davison and Denise Tait.
Funky Beach Cafe, Seaburn: Recommended by Graeme Harle.
Grinder Central, at the old Hills bookshop in Waterloo Place: Recommended by Irene Burn.
The Good Apple Cafe, Derwent Street: Recommended by Paigey Hood.
Love Lily, St Luke’s Terrace or Marine Walk: Recommended by Michelle McPheators and Lauren Kenny.
The Mad Hatter, Sea Road: Recommended by Lesley Mcloughlin.
Paticake.Patisserie, Thornhill Crescent: Recommended by Asia Medwediuk, Duncan Goodfellow, Patrycja Majewska and Sharon Crawford.
Penshaw Nursery and Tea Room, East Barnwell Farm: Recommended by Leanne Colquhoun, Michelle McPheators, Jacqueline Nelson and Alison Williams.
Pop Recs, High Street West: Recommended by Peter Coates.
The Snow Goose, Sunderland Marina: Recommended by Jonathan Miller-Cole, Wendy Tait and David Thorpe.
Strollers, Whitburn Bents Road: Recommended by Eva Callaghan.