The Best Places for Hot Chocolate & A Walk across North East England

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The Best Places for Hot Chocolate & A Walk across North East England

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I asked my Instagram followers for the best places to take the kids for hot chocolate these days. I reckon it is something everyone is interested in so thought I would put the results together as a little blog post alongside recommendations for places you can enjoy a walk nearby. 

Proper hot chocolate and fresh air on a crisp autumn / winter's day is one of life's simple pleasures. Let me know your favourite place too. 

The Best Places for Hot Chocolate & A Walk across North East England 

  1. R Place
  2. Proven Goods Co. 
  3. Love Lily Sunderland 
  4. Dibbley's Tynemouth 
  5. Nelson's at the Park 
  6. Monsieur Crepe
  7. The Boat Shack (2023 - now closed)
  8. Surf Cafe 
  9. The Wheel House 
  10. Riverview Kitchen 
  11. Cullercoats Coffee
  12. The Boathouse

R Place 

2023 Update - R Place has now moved to North Shields. 

R Place in Monkseaton may be famous for their epic doughnuts but they also serve a lovely range of hot drinks too with various specials popping up across the year too (below is the Unicorn Hot Chocolate Special). Of all of the places recommended to me, R Place was by far the most popular. 

Credit : R Place 

Walks nearby include along the Sea Front, Holywell Dene and Marden Quarry. 

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Proven Goods Co. 

Another place where doughnuts are a speciality but they also serve a fantastic hot chocolate is Proven Goods Co. in Ouseburn. These ones are known for their marshmallow fluff topping.  

Credit : Proven Goods Co.

Nearby, you can walk along the Quayside towards Newcastle and take in the bridges or explore the street art and Graffiti in Ouseburn. 

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Love Lily Sunderland 

Love Lily is a beautiful tearoom in Sunderland serving he most wonderful cakes and drinks. Their hot chocolates come highly recommended. 

Credit : Love Lily 

Walks nearby can be enjoyed along the seafront or in Roker Park. 

Dibbley's Tynemouth

Dibbley's specialise in ice cream and gelato but their hot chocolates are also worth a mention - they look divine! 

Credit : Dibbley's

Walks nearby include along the North Tyneside Coast. 

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Nelson's at the Park 

Nelson's at the Park is one of my favourite tea rooms. Located just off the A1 near Swarland, there is a play park outside for kids too. The cakes and drinks here are all homemade and absolutely delicious. Read our review of Nelson's here. 

Credit : Nelsons at the Park 

Walks can be enjoyed at Swarland Woods. 

Monsieur Crepe High Heaton 

How good does this hot chocolate look! 

Credit : Monsieur Crepe 

Walks can be enjoyed at nearby Heaton Park. 

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The Boat Shack 

2023 Update - Sadly The Boat Shack has now closed. 

The Boat Shack at Pow Hill is famous for their freak shakes but their hot chocolates look just as good. 

Credit : Boat Shack 

Walks can be enjoyed around Derwent Waterside Park - the reservoir is right by the Boat Shack. If you walk to the other side there is a fab adventure playground for kids. Read our review of the Boat Shack here. 

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Surf Cafe, Tynemouth 

Lots of people recommended the Surf Cafe but sadly I can't find a photo on their social media - we will just have to take their word for it. 

Walks can be enjoyed along the seafront. 

The Wheel House 

How have I never been here? Their drinks and cakes look fabulous. I will definitely be paying them a visit in the near future. 

Credit : The Wheel House 

You can enjoy the walk along the Fish Quay to Tynemouth nearby. 

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Riverview Kitchen

The luxury hot chocolate from Riverview Kitchen is one of the best we have ever had. It came with 4 little pots of treats including fresh cream and marshmallows. 

The Durham River Circular Walk or Durham City Art Trail can be enjoyed nearby or in February, the Fire & Ice Trail. 
Cullercoats Coffee / The Boatyard 

These two cafes are just across the road from each other. They are both small but equally as good. 

Nearby walks can be enjoyed along the North Tyneside Coast and there is a cute little play park just above the beach in Cullercoats (just across the road from the cafes). 

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Just fancy a hot chocolate? The following places have been recently recommended to me by readers as serving fantastic hot chocolate and are worth checking out: 

*Room 305 in Whitley Bay received numerous votes. Check out their page here. 

Credit : Room 305

*The Candy Floss Hot Chocolate from The Dispensary comes highly recommended. Check out their page here. 

Credit : The Dispensary 

*The Half Moon, Stakeford - check out their page here

Credit: Terri Louise

*Woodhorn Museum - check out their page here 

Credit : Terri Louise 

*Toasted Marshmallow by The Little Cakery By the Sea - check out their page here

Credit : Sarah Calder

*Ferrero Rocher Hot Chocolate from The Boat Shack - check out their page here 

Credit : Maggie Irwin 

*Proven Goods Hot Chocolate - check out their page here 

Credit : Ang Reed 

*Chocolinis Saltburn - check out their page here 

Credit : Nicola Scarr

*Loaded Hot Chocolate from the Pineapple and Bear Under 7s Play Hub - check out their page here 

Credit : Helen Louise 

*Cafe 1901 in Jesmond - check out their page here 

Credit : 1901 Jesmond

*Scoop and Bean - check out their page here 

Credit : Scoop and Bean 

*Strawberry Lounge Alnwick - check out their page here 

Credit : Catherine Trobe

*Cafe at Inn on the Park at Allensgreen - check out their page here 

Credit : Inn at the Park

*Crusoes Tynemouth - check out their page here 

Credit : Crusoes 

*The Shack at the Beach Fish and Chip Shop - check out their page here 

Credit : Shack on the Beach

*Benny Blue's Vintage Afternoon Tea Shop - check out their page here 

Credit : Benny Blues 

*Cafe Rendezvous in Whitley Bay is also recommended for their fantastic range of flavours. I can't find them on Social Media (sorry). 

Let me know if you fancy trying any of the places mentioned in this list. 

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