County Durham: 6 of the best bakeries for pastries and cakes

There are plenty of places to enjoy sweet treats and savory food across County Durham.

Whether you want to go on a bike ride or stop by with the family to try a variety of local dishes, here are some of the best bakeries in the county, according to Google reviews.

Some of the best bakeries for a bite to eat in County Durham

Sweetharts Bakery and Cafe

Location: 101 Durham Road, Blackhill, Consett, DH8 8RR

Rating: 4.7/5

One visitor wrote: “Bread, cakes etc are baked fresh every day by an award winning baker. Beautifully decorated with pictures from the area. The staff is very nice and helpful. Highly recommended and worth the trip.”

Dent’s Bakery

Location: Newhouse Road, Esh Winning, Durham, DH7 9JX

Rating: 4.8/5

One account wrote: “Just stopped by for a bite to eat on my trip. I’m glad I did it. We had an egg mayo roll and grabbed some sausage rolls and they were fantastic. Really delicious.

“The girls behind the jump were funny and a joy to talk to. Highly recommended.”

Maple Patisserie

Location: Unit 25, The Riverwalk, Durham, DH1 4SL

Rating: 4.9/5

A new customer commented: “Absolute gem of a place. I love it.

“The coffee is excellent, flat white spot.

“The cakes and scones are another level. The cheesecakes are the best I’ve ever tasted and it’s hard to please me with cheesecake! The peanut butter 10/10.

“Everything is made there from scratch, not bought and pretended to be homemade, as is often the case elsewhere.

“It really is a wonderful little place and highly recommended.”

The baker’s bread

Location: Front Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2TS

Rating: 4.5/5

“Everything was perfect,” says this review: “I had a breakfast sandwich here and it was really great, I also got some cake and everything was good. Great bakery to stock up at when doing the C2C!”

Clair’s Gluten Free Bakery

Location: 119 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7EN

Rating: 4.3/5

If you’re looking for a selection of gluten-free baked goods, you might have come to the right place.

One person said: “Amazing! I had a whole menu to choose from. It started with a cheese and back wrap in puff pastry and wow. I bought two to take home. Quiche and chips with salad were beautiful, even my son, who doesn’t have a girlfriend, really enjoyed his meal. Stuffed and with a luggage rack full of things, we headed home.

“Claire is great and loves chatting about recipes etc.

“I can highly recommend it.”

RISE Artisan Bakehouse & Cafe

Location: 13 Horse Market, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY

Rating: 4.8/5

A local resident added: “We had a lovely coffee and a baked snack here. The seeded sourdough bread and cheese toast was wonderful and the chutney was fantastic! I wish they sold the chutney! The mezza plate was fresh and a delicious mix of flavors with lots of fresh bread.”

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