Top 5 Afternoon Tea Spots in the North East

Posted 5 Aug 16, written by Amanda Lambert

With Afternoon Tea Week kicking off on the 8th of August, we’re bringing you a roundup of the region’s finest afternoon tea spots. From decadent delights in boutique surroundings to hearty finger food in casual cafes, the North East has its fair share of high tea hotspots.


The Running Fox Bakery, Felton


Felton’s Running Fox Bakery has become something of a Northumberland institution when it comes to afternoon tea. Serving up belly-busting portions of cake and pie alongside legendary sandwiches on freshly baked artisan bread, we recommend warming up prior to taking on this afternoon tea challenge.

Afternoon tea for two starts at just £25.


Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle


If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, nowhere does luxury better than Jesmond Dene House. This sumptuous boutique hotel is set amongst the lush greenery of Jesmond Dene, offering an idyllic backdrop for an afternoon spent sipping champagne and nibbling macaroons.

Afternoon tea with champagne starts at £35 per person.


Doxford Hall, Doxford


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Built in 1818, Doxford Hall Hotel offers the quintessential British country house experience. This 4-star hotel is just a stone’s throw from the popular market town of Alnwick, making it a perfect afternoon tea escape in the countryside. Why not combine lunch with a spot of rest and relaxation in the on-site spa?

Afternoon tea starts at just £14.50 per person.


The White Swan, Alnwick


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Visitors will find The White Swan in the heart of Alnwick, making it an ideal place to stop for lunch after a morning spent exploring the famous castle and gardens. A local favourite, The White Swan offers a wide menu alongside its afternoon tea - where diners can sample the chef’s cake of the day as they sip Earl Grey and take in the warm and welcoming dining room.

Deluxe afternoon tea, complete with sweets and savouries, starts at just £17.50 per person.


Matfen Hall, Matfen


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This luxurious countryside retreat is a favourite with local brides and ladies (and gents) who lunch. With an on-site spa and golf course, a day trip to Matfen Hall is guaranteed to keep everyone happy. With their very own pastry chef serving up classic scones, sweets and sandwiches - all prepared using local ingredients - you’re guaranteed a great lunch.

Class afternoon tea starts at £16.95 per person.


Afternoon Tea Week runs from the 8th to the 14th August - find out more at

Don't forget to visit Wyevale Garden Centres in Gosforth Park this summer season, if you're looking for an affordable alternative that tastes just as sweet! For a limited time only, you can enjoy seasonal afternoon tea for two for just £16 - with finger sandwiches, a scrumptious patisserie selection and scones with delicious clotted cream all on the menu! Find out more right here.


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