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Bessy’s Sweet Bakes: The sweetest hidden gem on South Shields seafront

We’re talking Ferrero cookie sandwiches, old-school sprinkle cakes and lemon sherbet tarts served from a quirky, vintage van with calming sea views.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 27.09.2023

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During these cold, dark autumn months there’s nothing like a sweet treat and a warm beverage to brighten up your day.

And in the heart of the charming coastal town of South Shields, a hidden gem awaits those with a sweet tooth and a passion for perfect pastries.

Bessy’s Sweet Bakes serves mouth-watering treats, warm beverages, and a welcoming atmosphere right on South Shields seafront every weekend from their cute and quirky coffee and cake vintage van, aka Hugo.

But the icing on the cake is that Bessy’s Sweet Bakes is more than just a bakery; it’s a gathering place for the community offering some of the best views of the lapping waves and golden sands of Sandhaven Beach.

Whether you’re planning a refreshing dog walk down the beach or fancy a seafront stroll while catching up with friends, Bessy’s Sweet Bakes is the perfect pitstop to take some time out to enjoy the sweeter simpler things in life.


Expect to be greeted by the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked goods alongside the friendly smile of owner Bethany, often known to many as Bessy, the creative genius behind this bakery.

South Shields local, Bethany, has always had a passion for baking. Her journey began as a child exploring recipe books to try out the best bakes and learning her baking skills from her gran when making teas for their family.

And it’s this love and dedication that one-woman band, Bethany, puts into every sweet treat and that’s evident in every bite.


Bethany freshly home-bakes her indulgent creations every morning and offers them for sale on a first come first served basis due to often selling out. You can expect a wide range of delicious cakes and drinks, which leaves you with the hardest decision of what to order.

But what we love about Bessy’s Sweet Bakes is that on every visit there will always be some new sweet treats to try as Bethany changes her menu every week, meaning you’ll definitely be coming back for more.

One of Bethany’s signature creations is her Ferrero cookie sandwiches. With two melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cookies and Nutella and chocolate icing filling sandwiched together, each bite is heavenly indulgent. Pair with a steamy, freshly brewed latte and you have the perfect autumnal pick-me-up.

And there are plenty of quirky creations you can expect to see at Bessy’s Sweet Bakes. From Oreo millionaire shortcakes to old-school sprinkle cake to raspberry, pistachio and white chocolate cookies, be prepared to discover your new favourite cake.

And watch this space, in the next year or so, as Bethany is hoping to get a more permanent premise down the seafront and to create a bigger and better community by working with other local businesses and community groups.

For more information visit Bessy’s Sweet Bakes’ website, Facebook page and Instagram.

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