Published on: 7 November 2019


The former owner of popular South Shields café Mac ‘n’ Alli is hoping to brew up a storm with a new business venture. 

Dee Clayton, who owned Westoe Crown café Mac ‘n’ Alli for six and a half years, launched the ‘Little Café @ Haven Court’ this week (4 November). 

Dee, from South Shields, said: “I successfully achieved what I set out to do with Mac ‘n’ Alli, which was to create a business that was embedded within the local community and that’s what I hope to achieve at Haven Court.”

Located on the corner of Harton Lane and McAanany Avenue, next to South Tyneside District Hospital, Haven Court is a care home that specialises in residential and nursing care, dementia care and re-enablement.

Dee explained: “I’m just so excited to get started. Haven Court has such a lovely atmosphere and the ‘Little Café’ will provide a comfortable environment where people can come for a light lunch or a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.”

The menu offers a range of light bites, including freshly made sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes. There is also a large selection of homemade cakes and bakes and the option to pre-order afternoon tea, celebration cakes and cake bouquets. 

Rob Common, Matron from Haven Court said: “We’re delighted to welcome Dee to Haven Court and we are sure that her latest venture will be a success. 

“Haven Court is very much a part of the local community and the ‘Little Café’ will provide a welcoming space for local people, as well as our residents and their families and friends.

“We hope that people living in the local community will take full advantage of having this fantastic new café right on their doorstep.” 

Little Café @ Haven Court will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 4pm every Sunday.