Eating & Shopping

Will it be traditional fish and chips from Davy’s Fried Fish Shop or a unique gift from the Co-op?

Beamish Unlimited

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

Tea Rooms facilities will be provided in the Masonic Hall in the 1900s Town until 28th January 2020 while the Tea Rooms is closed for essential maintenance.

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.

Tea Rooms sample menu.

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 bath tubs 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, with its fine selection of books, toys, cards, stationery, Beamish Magazine, guidebook and more.

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.

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.

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

Davy’s Fried Fish Shop is closed for maintenance until 28th January 2020.

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.

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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