The Secret Garden Tea Room – Sunderland

I got lost on the way to work this week and, rather than it being a catastrophe, it became a serendipitous turn of events when I stumbled across The Secret Garden Tea Room in South Hylton. On the corner of a residential street, it was a chalkboard sign that alerted me to this pretty little gem. As I was late for work I couldn’t sample it there and then, so popped in during lunch the following day to try out their cakes.
The establishment lives up to its name being housed in a backyard, and was very kitsch both inside and out. The fake grass carpet and hanging baskets made us feel like we were still outdoors, and in the sunshine it was glorious. The tea room is nestled behind Cakecetra, a bakery which makes the most fantastic celebration cakes.
The interior is filled with different styles of furniture and knick knacks, which made it look like Granny’s house. There was a small display cabinet with some of the cakes they sold: Carrot cake, Victoria Sponge, macarons and cupcakes. They have Afternoon Teas on sale for £7.50 per person, but as I already had evening food plans I didn’t want to eat too much.
I opted for the Victoria Sponge, and purchased other cakes to take away with me for my colleagues. According to Steve, the Strawberry Cheesecake was great for the £1.50 price tag. That’s right, they cost £1.50 per slice! I took a chocolate cupcake home for Jnr and he was making yummy noises as he ate it 🙂 Why this tea room doesn’t have queues out the door I don’t know! Possibly the location, though.
Once home I decided to look for more information online and found their Facebook page. I checked out the menu and they offer a great looking selection of savoury dishes like Corned Beef Pie, some delicious doorstop sandwiches and Eggs Benedict. We will definitely return for lunch another day!
Thanks for reading,
Pip x
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8 Comments

  1. katefrankiebrennan

    What a gorgeous little place! That cake looks delicious and very charming space to enjoy lunch. Thanks for sharing

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  2. katefrankiebrennan

    What a gorgeous little place! That cake looks delicious and very charming space to enjoy lunch. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Thanks for the comment. In the sunshine it was especially gorgeous.

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  3. North East Family fun

    Oh this place looks so sweet and £1.50 is a very good price for homemade cake! x

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I know, complete bargain! I want to return for the Afternoon Tea 🙂

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  4. mandy charlton

    Oh my goodness, this looks like a place for me, it's just a shame it's so far away, when you don't drive places like this might as well be on the other side of the universe, sad times!

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      It’s not far from South Hylton Metro Station, so there’s no excuse! 🙂

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  5. Ami

    You find all the best unique places! I’ve actually wrote a list of places I want to visiting after reading all your posts, Di Meos, Saucy Burger, the list goes on!

    I actually thought the third photograph was outside, £7.50 for afternoon tea sounds really reasonable. I used to travel to and from Sunderland uni every weekday but that’s as far as I went on the metro line, I never actually got to South Hylton. Would you say there’s much to do there for a day trip?

    Ami x

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