Icing on the cake

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I’M a “can’t cook, won’t cook, have no desire to cook”, kind of girl – so it’s not often I’m spotted in a pinny.

But, in a change from the glasses of vodka we’re usually photographed with, we donned the housewives’ favourites kitchen accessory for this week’s outing.

The occasion was a cool Britannia-themed evening at Serendipity, in Frederick Street.

Billed as a coffee and cupcake-themed evening in the run up to the Jubilee, it was a night filled with calorie-laden treats themed with a British design.

For those who haven’t yet ventured through the doors at this vintage tea room, you’re missing a treat.

It’s a celebration of kitsch classics with its gift shop and themed teas such as Mowbrays Morning Mix, Black Cat Special Brew and Earl of Sunderland. As such, it’s the perfect place to hire for afternoon tea, which seems to be quite a craze with more sophisticated hen parties and ladies that lunch.

As this was a British-themed evening, we felt compelled to indulge in a British classic and polished off a clotted cream scone with jam – all served on vintage china.

On this occasion, the cafe had teamed up with Choc Cards, a business based in Stockton Road, which makes personalised chocolate cards – you put messages, pictures and what not on them and give them to someone instead of a card.

They were also behind the ever-so-cute cupcakes which caught our eye.

They were emblazoned with crowns and union flag motifs – I’m sure her Majesty would have approved.

Serendipity owner June Clark says, eight weeks after opening, Wearsiders seem to be appreciative of the fact they’re injecting something new into the city centre.

“People said something like this would never work in Sunderland, but people are queuing out the door at lunch times.

“I have always been a massive tea lover and this was one of my pipe dreams.

“I used to have a corporate job with high pressure sales, but I always wanted to run off and start my own tea room.

“When I used to meet my friends for coffee in Sunderland, I didn’t want to go to Starbucks or Costa, I wanted to support a local independent cafe, but there was nothing like this.”

In a bid to attract people to this ailing part of town in the evening, Serendipity is awaiting an alcohol licence so it can hold music nights.

Watch this space.