Luxury roadside cafe and accommodation set within the outskirts of Bishop Auckland. A café and restaurant like no other in Bishop Auckland in County Durham. It sits at the top of the bank driving up into Toft Hill on the A68. The name of this roadside café makes it sound like an American-style diner, but it is much better than that. It is a well-furnished, cosy, and open-spaced room with a plethora of baked goods including cakes and desserts and is the perfect stop-off point for a cuppa and/or a snack. Whether you are on a road trip to the Dales or you’re riding your bike in the area, this café is perfect for refreshments and/or a treat lunch out.
Similar to a traditional roadside diner, this cafe also has accommodation but not your typical motel rooms. It has luxury camping pods situated on the doorstep to the Durham Dales as part Country Glamping, perhaps the most luxury accommodation in this area. Click here to view our listing for Country Glamping at the 68 Café in Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland.
Why should you visit this roadside cafe in Bishop Auckland?
This is a top-quality café with locally sourced food throughout their menu and a well-furnished cosy environment. It’s surrounding environment is just as good, it has plenty of outdoor space and seating and not to mention the luxury glamping too! So, we have a list of reasons why you should pay this one a visit!
Image of view from Cafe 68 taken by Aiden Dawson
The roadside café is situated in Toft Hill just off the A68 which joins Bishop Auckland to Crook, Stanhope, and the Northwest of County Durham. Their location is literally the gateway to the Durham Dales, and it offers fantastic vast views.
It is very close to Witton Castle Holiday Park, making it an ideal spot for lunch out if you’re staying at Witton Castle.
It is also a short drive away from Hamsterly Forest. So, it’s a perfect stop off point for a refreshment after a mountain bike ride or a forest walk with your family/friends.
On top of all that, this roadside cafe a very short drive from the main town centre of Bishop Auckland and the new Tindale Crescent retail complex.
Ultimately, the location of this roadside café is very convenient for people who are out for the day and who live locally.
As well as being a hospitality venue, the roadside café also offers catering services for functions from birthday parties to funerals around Bishop Auckland area. People can order some of their best food very easily. Click here to find out more about their catering services.
People can also purchase local produce including eggs, meat, and baked pastries. So, if you’re having a meal out or a quick cuppa it is very handy to quickly buy some of your essentials.
There is an accommodation service as part of Country Glamping which entails several luxury glamping huts which are all fully furnished and have an en-suite bathroom and kitchen built in. There is also outdoor terraced seating areas, a games room, and a yoga studio. Click here to find out more about booking accommodation for a luxury holiday or break.
You can also inquire about accommodation during your visit to the roadside café.
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The food and drink
One of the main reasons to visit is the food of course! The menu is very extensive and covers a wide range of meals and varieties of food. From your standard all-day breakfasts to steak pie dinners and Sunday lunches. There are also light bites including homemade soup, jacket potatoes, burgers, salad, and their very long list of desserts which include rice pudding, the classic jam roly-poly and even the more exotic Italian staple- tiramisu.
Drinks include fresh filter coffee, tea, and all other hot drinks you’d expect to get. The list of drinks goes on for quite a bit!
There is something for everyone of all tastes and dietary preferences. All the food is locally sourced and freshly prepared to order. Moreover, they also do daily specials which you can check out on their Facebook page by clicking here.
Is this venue accessible and friendly? Yes it is! The roadside café is well-established to accommodate for people of all needs and requirements. It is a friendly atmosphere for people of all ages and great for friends and families to go for meals. We have a huge list of reasons why this place is accessible.
There is an easy-to-access entrance with no steps to get in or out making it friendly to wheelchair users. The entrance brings you right to the main counter which faces the indoor seating area which is all in one room. The floor is perfectly flat and easy to walk on and the chairs and tables in the room are spaced evenly apart for ease of access via wheelchairs and pushchairs.
There is a disabled toilet which is located next to the ladies and gents down a corridor past the entrance and the counter and at the back of the room. All easy to access with no steps and a flat even floor surface down the corridor.
The roadside cafe is suitable for families local to Bishop Auckland. It is also friendly for families who have traveled from anywhere else. This makes it ideal for families with children and teenagers as well as elderly family relatives. The environment is calm and relaxing, it serves food for people of all tastes, and also has WiFi. WiFi will certainly keep the kids entertained!
The menu considers people with dietary requirements including vegan options, gluten-free meals, and even low-calorie options under their “slimmers” section. So, if you’re watching your diet, this café has options that will be suitable for you as well! Allergy information can be obtained from members of staff.
A lovely, gently, and relaxing environment without any loud noise or chaos. It is suitable for people to sit and do a bit of work and it’s great for chilling out too! The busiest times would be weekends and holidays when there is likely to be more people travelling and using the accommodation.
We certainly hope you found reading this listing helpful in your search for disability-friendly cafes and restaurants in County Durham region. We have a huge number of listings for places to eat in Durham and Bishop Auckland- check them out by clicking here!
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed of course, but otherwise the cafe does not allow dogs inside. There is plenty of outdoor space so you can sit outside on one of the picnic benches with your dog.
QCan I buy food and drink to take away?
Yes, definitely. If you're in a hurry or you're calling in for a quick cuppa on your commute to work then this cafe can make you a tea or coffee in a takeaway cup. You can also grab a sandwich or even a hot meal boxed up to take home.
QIs table booking required?
Not required, but it is possible to call ahead to book a table and we would recommend doing this during busy times including school holidays, weekends and bank holidays.