The Almshouses café in Durham has one of the best locations anybody could wish for, in Durham: just betwen the Cathedral and the Castle, built in a clearly historic building and internally decorated soberly and nicely.

It is a pity that, once at the table, the windows are so high that no outside view is possible. On the other hand, there is really little reason for entering, since  – along the most common English tradition – the coffee is bad and the cakes uninspiring. Thanks God, tea is easily made well.