Top 10 Afternoon Teas in the North East

It has been such a long time since I published a Best Of for afternoon teas, and I’ve had many since I would highly recommend. You can read my last post here to see how it compares. As it is #AfternoonTeaWeek I thought it was about time to revise the list, and they are in no particular order. I hope this gives you some inspiration if you have a baby shower or hen party to organise, although I know quite a few lads who are partial to a scone or three!

Six at the Baltic, Gateshead – £16.95 pp

A firm favourite of the Canny Food family, Six also can cater for vegans on request. You can read our review of their offering here.

Credit: Six at Baltic Instagram

Credit: Six at Baltic Instagram

The stunning views and canny grub make it a no-brainer for recommending when people ask where to go for an afternoon tea. Definitely one to book in advance.

Jesmond Dene House Hotel – £25 pp

The Teen’s favourite place to eat, and somewhere he begs to be taken for afternoon tea. In fact, we’ve visited for his birthday on more than one occasion! (See post here) It may not be the coolest activity for a teenage boy, but he doesn’t care when that cake stand filled with delicious treats arrives.imageThe ambience, faultless service and attention to detail on a JDH is second to none, and you certainly get what you pay for. I have it on good authority they also cater for a vegan with advance notice. Another I’d advise booking in advance, especially if visiting on a weekend.

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Violets Cafe, Newcastle Quayside – £25 pp

Violets is a new addition to the afternoon tea scene of Newcastle, and has caused quite a stir on account of its price tag. At £30 per person for the Prosecco option, it isn’t cheap. My friend and I enjoyed our visit in spite of this.

imageThe Instagram-worthy cake and dainty sausage rolls were highlights for me. There is no option to book at present, so be aware it could get busy on a weekend. If you have dietary requirements it is advisable to contact ahead of your visit.

Vermont Hotel, Newcastle – £19.95 pp

Credit: The Vermont Hotel Instagram

Credit: The Vermont Hotel Instagram

The Vermont, like Jesmond Dene House, serves up its afternoon tea in a grand setting. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and preserves, pastries, chocolate and fresh fruit delights in the hotel’s lounge with a pot of freshly brewed Rington’s tea or coffee. Traditional is very much the order of the day here, and that’s just the way we like it.

The Running Fox, Felton – 2 for £25

Credit: The Running Fox Instagram

Credit: The Running Fox Instagram

The Running Fox will always feature on our list! Excellent value for money, fantastic quality cakes and sandwiches on offer and a friendly atmosphere, this little cafe is a must-visit if you’re up in Northumberland.

Wynyard Hall – £21.50 pp

Although our last visit was marred by an issue over voucher redemption, I will overlook this as Wynyard Hall serve up a consistently good afternoon tea.

afternoon teaCoupled with a spa visit, this is a great way to celebrate a birthday. Read about our Mad Hatter themed afternoon tea here. Their ‘boiled egg’ is the only one I’ll eat, that’s for sure!

Wallsend Hall – 2 for £25

The Georgian Tea Rooms of Wallsend Hall offer the perfect backdrop for taking tea and scoffing scones.

Credit: Wallsend Hall Facebook Page

Credit: Wallsend Hall Facebook Page

Offering sittings on selected dates, it is worth checking out their Facebook page to see when the next event is scheduled. You won’t be disappointed.

South Causey Inn £15.95 pp

My mum and sister joined me in reviewing this mammoth afternoon tea, which featured an array of tasty treats. You can read more here.

imageAlthough some of the savoury snacks on offer were ‘unorthodox’ we still enjoyed our visit. Make sure you have a big appetite, or request a doggy bag to take home!

Cafe Royal, Newcastle – £27.50 for 2

I took afternoon tea at Cafe Royal and wrote a post about the experience here.

imageimageIt’s safe to say that I was impressed by what was served up if it is already featuring in my Top Ten! I felt the standard of food and the price make it one of the better value afternoon teas available in the city centre, and therefore well worth a visit.

The GB Cupcakery, Newcastle Quayside – £19.95 pp

I have sampled the vegan afternoon tea The Great British Cupcakery have on offer, and you can read about it in our round up post on dairy-free treats here.

Credit: GB Cupcakery Instagram

Credit: GB Cupcakery Instagram

Their ‘regular’ version is huge and great value for money, although it can be difficult to get a table on a weekend due to their popularity. Worth checking to see if you can pre-book a table.

Do you have any recommendations? Leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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12 Comments

  1. Sam | North East Family Fun

    I love The Running Fox for afternoon tea as it is just such a bargain! Have you tried the take out one The French Oven are running? It’s only £6. I think you have to pre-order but this seems like a massive bargain.

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I saw the French Oven one. It seems an afternoon tea is a ubiquitous thing these days, which is why I always remained faithful to JDH as I felt you should stay with traditional!

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  2. Ami

    I’m looking forward to reading about the Cafe Royal afternoon tea, it’s looks good and really reasonably priced! You can book tables for GBCupcakery. We’ve got a one booked up for Bonbar soon, they’re teapots look cool! x

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  3. Wendy

    Really surprised not to see the Asian afternoon tea at Ramside Hall on this list (it’s amazing). Also Rockliffe Hall and Seaham Hall are definitely worthy of a Top 10 place in my opinion. Agree with Six, Jesmond Dene House and Vermont. Look forward to trying the Running Fox!

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I chose traditional afternoon teas I’ve had as I felt that was more in keeping with the spirit of #afternoonteaweek I have featured Ramside’s tea before on the blog and said how much I liked it. Not tried Rockcliffe or Seaham’s yet!

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  4. Joanne McKenna

    The Perfect Blend in Crawcrook do delicious afternoon teas, all home made, massive portions and under £10 per person x

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Thanks for the recommendation! It will go on my long list of places still to try 🙂

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  5. Nyomi

    There are a few of these I’ve tried and a few I really want to. That Mad Hatter one looks cool too.

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      The Mad Hatter one was great. I didn’t enjoy my festive tea as much at Wynyard because of the issues we had surrounding a voucher redemption, which makes me wary about returning. A real shame as it used to be one of my favourites.

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  6. P Taws

    Had afternoon tea at JDH, was dispointed as I found it very sweet. Even the sandwich fillings were sweet as one had cranberry sauce in and one caramelised onion chutney. Consequently didn’t eat much and too 3 doggy bags home for the family.

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      That is a shame. We usually find the sandwich fillings fine, but we do specially request certain fillings on account of our own dietary requirements. At least you didn’t leave empy handed though!

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  7. Caroline Scott

    The Parlour at Blagdon is great too. Just off the Seaton Burn turn off the A1. Been going for uite a while now and really enjoy it

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