Everybody loved our top 5 hot chocolates post, so we decided to carry on the tradition and give you our lowdown on the top 5 places in Boro for sweet treats (in no particular order!). It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it…

1. Esquires Coffee

Sweet treats: Esquires Coffee

Cake! Rainbow sprinkles! Pink! – just three of my favourite things, and coincidentally, this cake includes them all, which makes it a winner in my book! Plus, Esquires have just been refurbished and it looks super cool and modern – very Bedford Street-esque!

2. Dressers Tea Room

Sweet treats: Dressers Tea Room

Having worked at the beautiful Dorman Museum, I can safely say I spent a loooooot of time in Dressers and tried pretty much all of their cakes! I can’t pick a favourite, but this Irish cream one was pretty darn special.

3. Off the Ground (supplied by Songbird Bakery)

Sweet treats: Off the Ground

I think this cookie actually changed my life a little bit, it was that magical! It was like a cross between a cookie and a cake, and I never wanted it to end. It’s totally okay to eat Christmas-themed food all year round, right? Please, I want more…

4. Bedford Street Coffee

Sweet treats: Bedford Street Coffee

If it was possible for me to survive on Bedford Street Coffee’s salted caramel brownie alone, I absolutely 100% would. It’s a thing of beauty. And when it comes served with fruit, you can almost pretend it’s healthy!

5.  The Southfield

Sweet treats: The Southfield

Yes, really. You can get a slab of cake the size of your face for £2.45, and if that (as a cake lover) doesn’t make you happy, nothing will. It’s less than a bus fare into town! Sign. Me. Up.!


It’s been a tough job, taking part in this research, but we (wo)manned up valiantly to the cause! Anything for cake…and my absolute favourite sweet treat will always be cake. And the only cake for me is from The Olde Young Tea House (how many times can I mention cake in one paragraph?!) Light, fluffy, ALWAYS delicious, brilliant flavour combinations and the perfect proportion of icing to cake: P E R F E C T I O N ! Every time. In fact, can I have some now please? Cake run, anyone…


How does one choose the best place for a sweet treat – it really depends on if you want cake, doughnuts, cookies, ice cream. Either way, I have to put Espresso 10 outside the Hillstreet Centre at top for me. I mean mini doughnuts and chocolate sauce is always a winner!


My honourable mention goes to Patisserie Valerie, because I’m slightly obsessed with their chocolate gateau slice and I’d eat them every day if I could!


Favourite things are the Dorman Museum, history, and photography, and blog posts usually contain at least one of them!