Tea Room



Old World Nostalgia With A Modern Twist

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 Tea Room and Trinkets, 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, a great variety of beverages, great music and homemade cakes.

We want to look after you whilst you are in our company.

What You'll Find Here



Babies and Children

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, a 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. 

Gifts - Vintage, preloved and homemade

We stock a range of gifts. From a small selection of vintage and preloved clothing and accessories, handmade greetings card to some cute plaques. There are also an ever-changing array of cute knitted items and the odd piece of vintage clothing and homemade 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!!



At the moment we stock a range of fairtrade and organic speciality teas by Clipper.


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  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 - the range is still growing!

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 


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" try the "Elizabeth Taylor" gin, violet syrup and lemonade, served in a teapot!!


Our Tea Room has a variety of menus to choose from. 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.

Take-Away Service

Serendipity also operates 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!  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. Our 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.

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. Read the full take-away menu here »


Special Dietry Requirments

We currently stock gluten free bread, scones and all of our soups are gluten free. We use gluten free stock cubes and no wheat additives.

We can also cater for lactose intolerance on request.



All of our cakes at Serendipity Tea Rooms are homemade!

We have no menu for cakes we love to provide you something different each time you visit.

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