There aren’t many people I know who don’t like Afternoon Tea! I’m frequently asked for recommendations by friends, more so than any other type of dining experience. I used to feel like they were the dominion of old ladies until I visited Jesmond Dene House for a proper tea on my birthday in 2013. After that I was also hooked!
This is a round up of – in my opinion- the stars of the North East when it comes to an Afternoon Tea. I don’t think there will be any surprises on the list, but I’m working on finding new places every month. I also welcome recommendations 🙂
Jesmond Dene House
I’ve lost track of how many visits I’ve had to JDH for Afternoon Tea now. It is a particular favourite of Jnr because of the hotel’s proximity to his school. Unfortunately an AT must be booked in advance because all of the lovely cakes and scones are made to order. I learned this lesson the hard way!
There are a number of locations where you can take tea, and my absolute favourite is in the grounds of the hotel. Living in the North East means this is only possible during the Spring/Summer months, but the Conservatory also affords nice views of the gardens when the weather isn’t so clement.
Our last visit was just after New Year, and I decided to have a delicious hot chocolate with my delights rather than the traditional pot of tea. It was lovely to sit in the drawing room with the roaring fire while tucking in.
I always request plain and cheese scones as opposed to the standard fruit version as I’ve never been a fan. JDH are always wonderfully accommodating, even the sandwiches were tailored for my fussy nature. It features 3 scones, some finger sandwiches, a selection of bite sized cakes and a pot of tea for £19.95 per person.
A wander through the Dene and a visit to the waterfall afterwards are compulsory for our family if we’re in the area. Beautiful.
I visited Wynyard at Christmas when myself and my partner in crime, Laura, visited their Fair. We booked in for an AT as a treat after all of the present shopping we did. I’m writing this post ahead of another planned trip during the Mother’s Day weekend, which will no doubt be the subject of a blog in itself.
The surroundings are so opulent and grand. I remember feeling a bit out of place in my jeans and jumper and wishing I’d glammed up! Like JDH Wynyard were accomodating with my sandwich preferences, but unfortunately only offered fruit scones. Thankfully they weren’t too fruity, which may be seen as bad to some but not to yours truly. We also had a glass of Prosecco, which was the first time I’d had the boozy version. I wasn’t driving, for a change, so decided to make the most of it.
With the glass of Fizz it was £25.95 per person. They also do a delicious sounding Gentleman’s AT, which Him Indoors will be sampling when we visit next week.
Wynyard is a little difficult to get to without a car, but it is well worth the trip. I can’t wait to return!
The Running Fox, Felton
Me and Him Indoors visited Running Fox on the spur of the moment for an AT, but were too early as they start at 3pm. They also need to be booked in advance, so instead had a delicious pie platter. The plan was hatched to return, especially as the AT featured those amazing pies.
I know of at least 3 families who have visited for AT as a result of my pie blog, and the general consensus is ‘Wow!’. It is excellent value for money, the food is superb quality and the staff are so friendly. The surroundings of the cafe may not match those of Wynyard or JDH, but that doesn’t detract from the experience. It feels very homely, in fact, which reminds me of ATs we used to have on Sundays with our relatives.
The views alone make this a must-visit restaurant, and their AT is amazing. The lovely North East Family Fun has written a brilliant blog post on her experience, which can be found here.
Both myself and Jnr thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rosie’s, which is hidden off Gosforth High Street in a shopping precinct. The blog can be found here.
For £9.95 there’s homemade scones, freshly made sandwiches and cakes with a pot of tea. It was very quiet when we visited, but I’ve heard it gets busy on a Saturday. The shabby chic interior is delightful and the presentation of the AT is lovely. Not an expected addition to the list, but one that deserves some attention nevertheless.
How Do You Do, Whitley Bay
This has been a very popular choice with local bloggers recently, featuring in a post by Katie Cakes last week. The Mad Hatters Tea theme is right up my street as a huge Alice in Wonderland fan! I love the attention to detail is second to none and the fact it is £21 for two people with a cocktail teapot (subject to T&Cs;) means it is imperative to visit!
I hope you’ve found this helpful, especially with Mother’s Day fast approaching! Let me know what your favourites are 🙂
Thanks for reading,