In Bede’s writings in the 7th century AD he makes reference to a ‘bakehouse’ on the monastic site. No doubt the bakehouse would have been a busy, industrious place furnishing forth baked goods for a reputed four hundreds monks.

As in those days, we aim to emulate the ministry of hospitality that the ancient monastery offered to its visitors and weary travellers, with hot in-house made food and a warm welcome. Bede’s Bakehouse is run entirely by volunteers.

The modern day bakehouse is situated in the Chapter House of the church. The foundation stone for Chapter House was laid by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on 31st May 1973.

If you are part of a large party please give us advance warning whenever you can. As so many of our dishes are based on fresh produce it helps us to ensure that you are not disappointed during your visit to us. You can telephone 0191 5640431 to get in touch to let us know you are coming.

Menu Range

Bede’s Bakehouse cafe within St. Peter’s Church has reasonable prices, and a menu that includes –

  • Homemade soup
  • Daily special main dish and pudding
  • A range of sandwiches
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Paninis
  • Quiche
  • Salads
  • Cakes

Ethos, Facilities and Wi-Fi

Free WiFi

Bede’s Bakehouse offers –

  • A Fair Trade policy wherever possible
  • Toilets facilities in the church/cafe area
  • Disabled access to facilities on site

Bookings Available

Bede’s Bakehouse is open for bookings for Christmas, parties, functions, receptions, funeral wakes and conferences etc.

To enquire about a booking please telephone 0191 5640431 in the first instance.

If you would like to find out more about conference hire then further details about conference hire can be found via this link

Bede’s Bakehouse is managed by the charity ‘Bede’s Monastery @ Monkwearmouth Ltd’, to which payments for bookings and shop purchases are to be made. Proceeds from sales go towards the provision of hospitality to visitors. We aim to observe a Fair Trade policy where possible.