If I was to mention Tanfield to you, you’d think of the Railway first wouldn’t you? Tanfield Village sits just outside of Stanley and 5 minutes away from the railway museum and is home to Bayberry Hollow.
Bayberry Hollow is a hidden gem. Truly. Occupying an old village pub, the enterprise successfully combines a shabby chic retail space and a hearty home cooking café. The atmosphere inside the building is cosy and homely and snug and oh so very welcoming.
Alongside home baked cakes and sweet treats, the café offers a light lunch menu such as soup, sandwiches and fresh quiche along with regular themed food evenings which are always popular. The homely vibe isn’t forced and it does genuinely feel like you are sitting in someone’s farmhouse kitchen. The only difference is if you see something you like, you can buy it!
The cute café does get very busy but the staff keep things moving along admirably and I have never had to wait long for a seat.
If you are in the area, it is well worth a visit for a piece of cake and a cup of tea – Although the soup and freshly baked bread is always our favourite!
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