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Suzanne Hutton and Mark Hodgson took inspiration from the multi-functional spaces found in European cafes when they launched The Staiths Café at the back end of 2014, and it’s swiftly established itself as something of a hub in Dunston.

Is there anything that The Staiths Café doesn’t do? Open until 10pm, seven nights a week, they host various live music nights, a monthly ‘acoustic circus’, charity events and, yes, in case you were wondering, they have indeed produced their own charity doggy calendar which features all of their regular furry customers (it’s a very dog friendly establishment). What else? Oh! They also serve some of finest coffee you’ll find anywhere in the region, as well as artisan teas, alcohol and everything from full English breakfasts to paninis to their evening specials (think hearty chilli con carne to Lebanese chicken and beef shawarma kebobs).

The airy café is set over two floors and has a lovely terrace which overlooks the Tyne (which is one of the best places to catch that gorgeous sunset with the historic Dunston Staiths in full view). They’ve started a Saturday Night pop-up programme featuring street food from the likes of Tokyo Kitchen, Tandoori Naan Hut, La Petite Creperie, as well as Michelin trained Ben Tesh and Alax Bond, who will help make up their June and July programme. But are they resting on their laurels, though? Not likely! Get set for their new Staiths Film club that is launching soon. News on this, and all of the above, from their website, below.

Staithes Café, 1 Autumn Drive, Staithes Southbank, Gateshead. thestaithscafe.co.uk