After being teased by the afternoon tea at South Causey Inn when I last visited (read my review here for their main meal options, especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan), I was very keen to return to give it a try. While my mum and sister were in the North East to see Dinky I was very kindly invited along to sample this veritable banquet of cakes and savoury goodies with them. Lucky me!
I think most people love a good afternoon tea. While I don’t partake as often as I’d like now on account of the vegan (seriously, it’s not easy to find somewhere that does a vegan version), if I can find a willing accomplice I’ll travel far and wide for a decent scone and cucumber sandwich. I’ve always found the savoury selection much of a muchness however, with the cakes the star of the show. What I found interesting about South Causey’s offering was the inclusion of a Battered Mushroom for the vegetarian and Corned Beef Bon Bon on the meatier option.
Having had many ‘alternative’ afternoon teas; from the Gentlemans at Wynyard Hall to one that included Lasagne at Jayelle’s in Washington (God no!), this struck a nice balance between something different and the traditional. It helped that both were tasty, too. Served with onion chutney and mayo, we probably could have eaten more of these than the finger sandwiches on offer!
The chocolate and carrot cakes on the picnic bench it was served upon were moist and light, while the scones were also good. I’m not a fan of the fruit variety, and these were packed with the wrinkly beggars. Mum enjoyed hers, so she was given mine so it didn’t go to waste. There was so much food left over, even though we’d gone with hearty appetites, we brought home a considerable doggy bag.
Priced at just £15.95 per person with plenty of tea or coffee served alongside, or £21.95 for the fizzy option, we think this afternoon tea is great value for money. Once a month they will be offering a special version with South Causey’s own distilled gin at £29.95. Check out their Twitter for dates and availability.
South Causey Inn is proving itself a cut above the ‘pub that offers food’ stereotype. Great for the whole family, we’ll continue to return for their well priced food and hefty portions.
Thanks for reading,