A vintage tearoom has been recognised for its contribution to tourism in Hartlepool with a prestigious award.
Jackie O’Beirne, owner and manager of Glady’s Vintage Tearoom on The Front, Seaton Carew, is ‘over the moon’ after receiving the accolade from Hartlepool Civic Society.
The tearoom was nominated for the award by an anonymous person who Mrs O’Beirne believes was a member of her loyal customer base.
“I am well pleased,” she said. “We are celebrating a year since we first opened on October 27 so we are over the moon to get this award.
“We had a phone call a month or so ago to say that we had been nominated, so I looked into it to see what it was, and then we were invited to the awards night, where we won.”
This is the first solo business venture for the 45-year-old mum of four who used to work in hair and beauty, but had dreamed of setting up her own tearoom after working in one several years ago.
The tearoom, which is decorated in 1940s decor which she describes as a “nostalgia trip” for her customers, was up against other tourism attractions including churches in Hart and Seaton which had also been nominated for the award.
Now Glady’s joins an impressive list of previous tourism award winners including the Tall Ships in 2008 and Mary Rowntree’s on the Headland in 2011.
“We received a conservation certificate as the building we are in had been put back into good use,” Mrs O’Beirne added.
“We don’t know who nominated us, but we have a loyal customer following with some people coming in for all of their meals –breakfast, lunch and dinner!
“Especially with tourists who come in for breakfast and come back in again for lunch. We get people from all over with tourists coming from Newcastle, Durham and all over Yorkshire, as people follow tearooms.
“They are usually more quirky and have more personality. With a tearoom people can sit and chat to each other, it’s very different from a coffee shop.”
The tearoom also runs parties; afternoon teas and a monthly Swing Night featuring 40s singers.