Tea Room



Serendipity is a charming nostalgic tea room, Its decor is fabulously vintage and kitsch with lots of vintage and cake related memorabilia dotted about with bunting and vintage china. We wanted to create a feeling of old world nostalgia with a modern twist.

At Serendipity we promise that you will always receive a warm and friendly welcome, all we ask is that you sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings, delicious food, great variety of beverages, great music and homemade cakes. We want to look after you whilst you are in our company.


The tea room benefits a separate baby change area which is also suitable for breast feeding should you require somewhere private.

We also like to cater for your little ones whilst you are with us so that you can relax and enjoy a bit of "me time", we have a children's corner which consists of a box of pre school toys,  range of colouring books, drawing pads, pencils, pens and crayons and board games We also have some cute little tea sets and play food and a puppet box!! who doesn't like puppets!

If the adults get bored we also have a growing range of Sunderland related reading material, learn more about our lovely city whilst having a cuppa - if that's not your cup of tea, we supply daily newspapers and locally based lifestyle, music and entertainment magazines.


Record Player

We now have a record player located in our gift room seating area and we have a number of records available to play, feel free to request some music or bring in your own if you like, its nice to sit back, enjoy a cuppa and listen to the crackle of old vinyl  


Whilst enjoying relaxing with your cuppa, take a few minutes to browse through the gifts in our very pretty gift room, we stock a range of gifts from our speciality teas and coffees as well handmade greetings card and some cute plaques. There are also an ever changing array of cute knitted items and the odd piece of vintage clothing and homemae crafts.We also stock a range of Sunderland related gifts, aprons, prints, tea towels, however it's the "makem mug" that is the star, we often have a waiting list!!



As well as a regular cup of Twinning's we have a range of teas which were specially blended for and are unique to serendipity, All of our teas are named based around local themes. Why not try "The Mint Makem" a blend of spearmint and peppermint tea or "The Wearside Warmer" it tastes a little like mulled wine! - see our tea menu for more details.


We sell a wide range of coffees, the types you would normally find in any quality coffee house, latte, macchiato, cappuccino, americano, mocha, white mocha, babychino, flat white, or a regular filter - plus our boozy coffees, Irish, Russian, baileys and a special serendipity coffee all made with the finest Italian roasted beans - we also stock full fat, semi skimmed and skimmed milks and single and double cream.

You could also try one of our flavoured coffees - we have a vast range of monin syrups, hazelnut, crème brulee, gingerbread, butterscotch, banana, praline, honeycomb, caramel, coconut, chai latte, rose, strawberry, mint, orange, violet, chocolate, bubble gum and the range is growing still!

Hot Chocolate

You must try one of our delicious flavoured hot chocolates, they are very scrumptious! How about a "Turkish Delight" hot chocolate or a "Bounty" hot chocolate or a "Milky Bar" hot chocolate, you need to check out the menu!!


Serendipity is fully licensed so as well as being able to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer, you can also have a cocktail - choose one from our "Vintage Hollywood Cocktails" The "Oliver Reed" a boozy concoction that is not for the faint hearted or try the "Elizabeth Taylor" gin, violet syrup and lemonade, served in a teapot!!


There are various menus to choose from at Serendipity, we have a special children's menu, the dippy eggs are delightful, a breakfast menu, our vast sandwich and savoury menu! - Our food is made with high quality ingredients and we shop local wherever we can, our cakes and scones are all homemade by us and our bread is baked locally by an artisan baker.

Serendipity operate a take away and delivery service for local customers, we have a great range of gourmet sandwiches made to order on artisan baked bread rolls, choose from white, brown and seeded rolls as well as sliced bread and ciabattas - our sandwiches are named after films! "The Full Monty" - a very large sandwich!, "The Godfather" - full of Italian meats!, Check out our take away menu.

We also serve hot jacket potatoes and baked sweet potatoes - baked specially in our potato oven Every day we have a different homemade soup, served with homemade bread and butter, even throughout the summer, favourites so far are "Sweet Potato and Chorizo" "Ma Clark's Hearty Ham Broth" and "Wild Mushroom". They really are to die for!

For the health conscious you can also take away our freshly prepared salads, however if you want to treat yourself you can take away and indulge in our homemade cakes, scones and bread rolls, crisps, chocolate bars, soft drinks and a great range of coffees and flavoured hot chocolates.

At Serendipity, we cater for special dietary requirements, we currently stock gluten free bread, scones and all of our soups are gluten free with gluten free stock cubes and no wheat additives, we can also cater for lactose intolerance on request.

Orders over £10 can be taken and delivered within the city centre - if you are in the Sunniside area of town we will deliver with no minimum spend.


All of our cakes at Serendipity are homemade, we have no menu for cakes we just try and provide something different each time, regular and popular cakes are Victoria sandwich, Death by Chocolate, coffee and walnut, chocolate guiness cake,carrot cake and of course our gorgeous gooey chocolate brownies (which just happen to be gluten free!!) peanut and white chocolate blondies, flapjack and rocky roads - With advance notice we can provide cakes for you

Chocolate Brownies (tray 10x8) - £15.00

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies - £16.00

Peanut and White Chocolate Blondies - £16.00

Rocky Road - £15.00

Flapjack - £13.00 

Death by Chocolate - £16.00

Victoria Sandwich - £15.00 

Coffee Cake - £16.00

Gluten and dairy free Scones (Fruit, herb, cheese) - £14.00 dozen 


Afternoon Tea - ADVANCE BOOKINGS ONLY (everything is baked/made to order)

Come and enjoy afternoon tea with us, yummy homemade scones, delicious cakes and dainty sandwiches all washed down with pots of lovely speciality tea - plus whatever you don't eat you can take home and save for later or share with the family!

Gift vouchers are also available so that you can treat others too, afternoon tea is a lovely present for mother's day, valentine's day, or any person you want to treat to something special.

Private Hire

Serendipity can be hired for your special event, we can seat over 40 people, the main tea room seats 30 plus our very pretty gift room area seats can seat another 15 - 20. Serendipity is a venue with a difference, its intimate and cosy and ideal for small to medium sized gatherings such as christenings, baby showers, special birthdays, hen parties or if you are a member of a group who like to meet regularly in large numbers, give us a call we may be able to accommodate.

The large tea room can be used in the mornings, late afternoons and evenings as well as Saturdays and Sundays.