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!
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