The Staiths Café opened in 2014 and overlooks the river Tyne and the impressive Dunston Staiths. This is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe and was opened in 1893 to load coal from the Durham coalfields onto ships. Now, with preservation support and lottery funds to restore it, the Staiths has become a popular destination deserving of a lovely café. The team serves breakfast, lunch, and homemade evening specials such as lasagne, Lebanese kebabs, and curry. Every Friday evening is burger night, and the Saturday night pop-up programme showcases specialist cuisine. Choose from a range of hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of cider, lager, bottled local ales, wine, Prosecco and spirits. The venue welcomes all, including dogs, children, and cyclists, so whether you’re popping in for a coffee and a sweet treat, a sourdough sandwich, or an evening meal, you can expect the same friendly service and atmosphere.