There are plenty of opportunities for eating and shopping at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North!
Get a real taste of the past during your visit. Catering outlets across the site serve up traditional tasty treats, from homemade hot meals to delicious snacks, cakes and drinks.
If you want to take home a unique reminder of your visit, you can shop Edwardian-style in The 1900s Town, or take a look in our Entrance Gift Shop.
Tea Rooms, 1900s Town
If you’re in The 1900s Town, stop off at the Tea Rooms where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks. The Tea Rooms currently holds a Taste Durham Award.
Enjoy an afternoon tea, served in period style, in the Cookson Room overlooking our award-winning Town, you can enjoy delicious, freshly made sandwiches, homemade scones, a selection of individual cakes from our very own Herron’s Bakery and, of course, tea or coffee. Find out more about afternoon tea at Beamish Museum.
Sun Inn, 1900s Town
The Sun Inn (previously known as The Tiger Inn until the 1850s) came from Bondgate in Bishop Auckland. You can pop into this cosy pub for a pie and a pint. Enjoy locally brewed ales, traditional snacks and drinks.
Don’t forget to pick up one of our Beamish Museum Beers to take home!
Co-op Store, 1900s Town
The co-op looked after its customers “from the cradle to the grave”, selling everything from bathtubs to butter and fabric to furniture. Our Co-op came from Annfield Plain, in County Durham, where the society dated back to 1870. It opened at the museum in 1984.
You can browse the Grocery, Drapery and Hardware departments, where you’ll find delightful traditional items ranging from tea, coffee and biscuits to clothing such as hats and caps, keepsakes, haberdashery and homeware. Do you remember your dividend number?
Stationer’s, 1900s Town
Stop off at the Stationer’s where you will find hand-printed cards, bags, calendars, posters and notebooks all produced upstairs at the Eagle Press Print Works, as well as items inspired by their designs such as coasters, magnets and mugs.
Here you’ll also find unique souvenirs such as exclusive 1900s Town designs such as postcards inspired by originals in our collections, a range by artist Julia Gash and enamel signs based on the Beamish businesses. If you’re looking to support the Suffragette movement, you’ll find sashes, playing cards, posters and much more!
The shop also offers traditional toys and games, based on those you would find in Edwardian Britain, as well as a wide range of bespoke stationery and of course, the Beamish Magazine and guide book!
Herron’s Bakery, 1900s Town
Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?
Jubilee Sweet Shop, 1900s Town
What will you choose from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bon bons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.
Click here for more information about the Sweet Shop.
JR & D Edis Photographers, 1900s Town
No trip to Beamish is complete without trying on a costume and having your photograph taken in our Edwardian studio! Photographs are available in a variety of styles and sizes, including traditional cabinet cards which are printed across the road at the Eagle Press Print Works and handmade frames, produced locally.
J.R & D. Edis also offers over 100 local area postcards of the era, all reproduced from the Beamish Collection including local scenes such as Durham Cathedral and Newcastle quayside – as well as the local football teams, Sunderland and Newcastle!
Click here for more information about the photographers.
W Smith’s Chemist, 1900s Town
Call into the Chemist where you’ll find Mr Kerrison’s cold creams, balms and bath salts, all of which are inspired by original 1900s recipes taken from our collection – you might even see the chemist hard at work making creams and balms.
W Smith’s also offers a wide and interesting range of traditional soaps, as well as liquorice products such as liquorice roots and pellets.
Click here to find out more about the chemist’s.
Aerated Waters, 1900s Town
Will you try the newest invention in the 1900s Town? Aerated water – produced in traditional codd bottles and sealed with a marble.
Whether you’d like to support the temperance movement, or simply interested to find out what a ‘fizzy’ drink tastes like, here you can try flavours such as kola, raspberry, blood tonic, lemonade and even sarsaparilla, all bottled in front of your own eyes!
Sinkers’ Bait Cabin, 1900s Pit Village
Enjoy light refreshments from this cabin which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.
Click here to view a Sinkers’ Bait Cabin sample menu.
Davy’s Fried Fish Shop, 1900s Pit Village
Try our famous fish and chips, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods. Davy’s Fried Fish Shop currently holds a Taste Durham Award.
Please note, vegetarian chips are not currently available from Davy’s Fried Fish Shop. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Click here to view a Davy’s Fried Fish Shop sample menu.
British Kitchen, 1940s Farm
Ration books at the ready! The wartime British Kitchen offers hot and cold snacks and drinks, including special “ration bags” for kids.
Click here to view a British Kitchen sample menu.
Entrance Coffee Shop
Enjoy tasty light refreshments, including sandwiches and cakes, at the coffee shop in our Entrance building.
Click here to view a Coffee Shop sample menu.
Entrance Gift Shop
From fabulous local food and drink to a wide range of homeware, toys, books and lots more, there’s something for everyone at our fantastic gift shop.
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