The Best Afternoon Teas in the North East!

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.
 Wynyard Hall
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.
 Six Baltic
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.
 Rosies, Gosforth
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,
Pip x
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  1. North East Family fun

    Fab post – we're going to JDH for afternoon tea on Tuesday. Can't wait! Everyone says it the best in the NE and this is going to be my first time 😀

  2. mandy charlton

    I used to love afternoon tea, I'm actually going for one on Friday somewhere in Whitley Bay that my friend booked for my birthday last month but as it was a groupon this was the first date we could get, I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to eat being sugar free but I'll let you know how I get on. I believe it's afternoon tea with a manicure which sounds quite odd to me!

  3. Emma Phillips

    Yes, Laura and I were going to book that before Christmas. It sounds intriguing. Let me know how you get on 🙂

  4. rachel kershaw

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  6. rachel kershaw

    You just can't beat a good afternoon tea! Great gift idea for Mother's day too! I would add The Vermont to your lovely list. I had afternoon tea there last year and it was delicious as well as great value! x

  7. Emma Phillips

    I've yet to experience The Vermont for AT, only for an evening meal or cocktails. I stuck to those I had been to historically, but there's definitely an opportunity for a Part Two 🙂

  8. Post Box

    Have you tried afternoon tea at Post Box in Ponteland?

  9. Alison Routledge

    One of the best afternoon teas is at Crook Hall, Durham. Make sure you book for the Georgian drawing room for the formal tea. The scones melt in your mouth.



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