(L-R) Jonathan Armitage of NEL Fund Managers, tearoom owners Sarah and Anthony Patterson, and Joe Murray of CDC Enterprise Agency
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New North East tearoom serves up taste of 1920s with £25k funding

A new vintage tearoom is set to bring a taste of the 1920s to the North East after receiving a £25k investment.

Patterson’s Vintage Tearooms is creating ten jobs as it opens this weekend on Middle Street in Consett.

The tearoom has secured its £25k investment from the North East Small Loan Fund supported by The European Regional Development Fund, secured through NEL Fund Managers.

The venue, which will seat 60 people, is inspired by the 1920s and the Ritz Hotel’s Palm Court Café.

Sarah Patterson, co-founder of the tearooms, commented: “I’ve always loved everything about the glamour and style of the 1920s, and have collected vintage china tea sets for many years.

“The idea of building on this by creating a vintage tearoom in our home town emerged during lockdown and it’s wonderful to see how it’s now been realised.

“There’s already a lot of investment being made to enhance the area around the tearoom, which can only be good for bringing more people into the town, and we’re playing our part by offering a high-quality destination venue like no other in the region.

“The NEL team were really supportive in guiding us through the investment application process and all the advisors who’ve helped us have made a real difference towards bringing our ideas to life.”

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