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Enjoying a spot of ‘afternoon tea’ is one of the UK’s finest and long-standing British Traditions. In the past few years it has become increasingly more popular, with establishments across the country adding new exciting twists to make this indulgent treat even more special.
Afternoon Tea Week is held annually in August and is a celebration of this delightful tradition; the wonderful combination of savoury and sweet refreshments, accompanied by a warm pot of tea and perhaps a glass of bubbling champagne to be enjoyed with friends and family. We are therefore, bringing you a roundup of Northumberland’s most enticing 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 destinations.
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 their infamous belly-busting portions of cake and pie alongside a tower of 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 £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. From delicate finger sandwiches to melt-in-your-mouth quiche, three types of scone and a cornucopia of cakes, these afternoon teas are all about indulgence.
Afternoon tea with champagne starts at £37.50 per person.
Doxford Hall, Doxford
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. Whether you choose to dine in the Morning Room in front of a roaring log fire or al fresco in the sunshine on the manicured lawns, you can look forward to a fine array of fancies with freshly brewed tea or a glass of bubbly. Why not combine lunch with a spot of rest and relaxation in the on-site spa?
Afternoon tea starts at £14.50 per person.
The White Swan, Alnwick
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 £17.50 per person.
Matfen Hall, Matfen
This luxurious countryside retreat is a firm favourite with local ladies and gentlemen who lunch. Boasting an on-site spa and golf course, a day trip to Matfen Hall is guaranteed to keep everyone happy. With their very own executive pastry chefs serving up classic scones, sweets and sandwiches - all prepared using local ingredients, alongside carefully selected loose leaf teas from Newcastle based company, Ringtons, you’re guaranteed a great lunch.
Classic afternoon tea starts at £18.50 per person.
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